Based on Shakespeare’s play and Valery Pecheikin’s texts in Kirill Serebrennikov’s adaptation
…There are four stories. Four spaces. The hopelessly broken greenhouse of the fairies, elves, artists. The schoolyard – a place for reading rap and kisses in front of a dumpster. The penthouse of the “rulers”. A workmen’s shelter with a Chinese TV where the amateur theatre of an honest bearded carpenter Peter Quince rehearses a performance about Pyramus and Thisbe. They don’t see each other, that’s the matter! <...> Four different crowds would never intermix into a united one. And now the congested auditorium begins to remind something: this dream is caused by the reality. Do you understand, by which one?
Kirill Serebrennikov staged one of the most enigmatic and fabulous of Shakespeare’s comedies, transforming it into a fascinating theatre trip. The audience, guided by the characters, rambles through the mysterious forest while the plot takes place in four different spaces. Prose insertions by playwright Valery Pecheikin are mounted into Shakespeare’s text in verse, as if the characters were at a psychoanalyst consultation, wanting to deal with their subconscious fears.
Serebrennikov disjointed Shakespeare’s play and divided it into several stories, vesting each one with a particular style. Now, gods dwell in a hothouse constructed from dusty sashes like mansion owners. Sweethearts look like graduates sorting out their relationship, sitting on school bench in the middle of a disco, organized on the occasion of their graduation party. Theseus and Hippolyta are degraded to middle business class public persons and royally recline for some reason on hospital beds. Workers are a cheery crowd of half-drunk fellows who generously spread garbage passing through the wood.
The play balances between the scary and the funny, different genres and times. Despite all the changes, its main power remains Love and its main theme – the relationship between man and woman, which has always led to a catastrophe. Yet, Arts triumph in the end. The amateur workers’ play about Pyramus and Thisbe’s passions turns suddenly into a real tragedy and its magnificent final performed to Monteverdi’s Baroque music involves the audience.
I. Gods’ story:
Oberon: Harald Rosenstrom
Titania: Svetlana Mamresheva
Puck 1: Tatiana Kuznetsova
Puck 2: Evgeniya Afonskaya
Puck 3: Yury Lobikov
Foster-child: Alexander Gorchilin, Evgeny Sangadgiev
Flower: Evgeny Dal
II. People’s story:
Helena: Alexandra Revenko
Hermia: Maria Poezzhaeva
Lysander: Rinal Mukhametov
Demetrius: Ivan Fominov
III. Powerfuls’ story:
Theseus I: Artur Beschastny
Hippolyta I: Yana Irtenieva
Theseus II: Ilya Romashko
Hippolyta II: Ekaterina Steblina
IV. Workers’ story:
Cobweb / Dunkey / Pyramus: Nikita Kukushkin
Duda / Thisbe: Philipp Avdeev
Milyaga / Lion: Alexander Gorchilin, Evgeny Sangadgiev
Snout / Wall: Roman Shmakov
Wedge / Prologue: Artem Shevchenko
Starveling / Moon: Artur Beschastny
Musicians: Yury Lobikov, Roman Shmakov