Franz Kafka (1883–1924) is a writer, whose works were mostly published after his death (and against his will) and have disturbed and frightened the world for nearly a century. A genius, a prophet, the master of literary horror and absurd, one of the most influential authors of all time. His life and creativity, his time, the romances that didn’t happen, strange encounters, all the delusions and revelations of a modest insurance clerk are brought to the Gogol center stage to create a true symphony.
The production by Kirill Serebrennikov, based on biographical play by Valery Pecheikin, is a large-scale phantasmagoric canvas, a physically tangible voyage to the planet of Kafka. It contains Kafka’s horror, his peculiar humor, and the bizarre beauty.