Nine is the performance based on Nine Days in One Year movie by Mikhail Romm. The story of the three physicists: Ilya, a successful social climber, Lelia, a girl looking for her niche in this life and Mitay, a young scientist ready to sacrifice all of himself for the sake of a scientific discovery. Their destinies are linked together into a love triangle, where its characters are trying to find their happiness – each of them in a way he understands it and feels it should be.
A free improvisation on the subject of the notorious pioneer Pavlik Morozov, his image and his place in history. Who is he - a malicious traitor to his father or a hero devoted to his homeland? Where is the boundary between the mean and true struggle for the truth? Frigoriev's performance on how important and sometimes hard it is to make the right choice. Each member of the audience has a chance to write down on paper their deepest wish and pass it over to Pavlik. The wish will definitely be fulfilled - it would only require to understand Pavlik and find a common language with him.
The novel “Russian Beauty” was written by Victor Erofeev in the early 80s and was only published 10 years later; it turned out to be too radical for Russian society. Irina Tarakanova, performed by Ekaterina Steblina from the “Studio Seven“, wears a scarlet dress, sings in Portuguese with the accompaniment of a mysterious Carlos (who represents a crow behind the window or, maybe, just a handsome diplomat), and speaks to God through electric light bulbs.
"Russian Folk Tales" from the collection of Alexander Afanasyev. Collective creation. In "Gogol-center" simultaneously with the work on the production of "Who Is Happy in Russia?" there was a big workshop on the Russian folk tale from the collection of A. Afanasyev.
The performance of Kirill Serebrennikov is based on the radical novel "Sankya" written by one of the leading Russian writers, political and social activist Zakhar Prilepin. Together with the actors of his "Studio Seven", Serebrennikov creates an image of the abandoned generation, born in the "wild nineties", when the corruption has become an integral part of the politics, and the crime was a compulsory condition of everyone's life.
The theatre debut of a well-known Russian cinema director Alexei Mizgirev. The show is based on the film "Rocco and brothers" made by Luchino Visconti, and is a part of Gogol Center’s trilogy based on the famous European films, together with “The Idiots” by Kirill Serebrennikov (after the movie by Lars von Trier) and "Fear" by Vladislav Nastavshev (made after "Fear eats the soul" by Reiner Werner Fassbinder). The movie tells a story of a poor Italian family moving into Milan from the Southern provinces, a story of killings, jealousy, love, hatred and what not.
The performance by French director Thomas Jolly is based on the classic French drama - Pierre Marivaux's play 'Harlequin's Lesson of Love'. In the story of how Harlequin escapes from the insidious Fairy overcoming a lot of dangers and falls in love with a young Shepherdess coming across the love that knows no boundaries, the methods of the French theatre are connected to the commedia dell'arte. An unexpected finale literally turns everything 'upside down' - but the main winner in this fight is still the holiday atmosphere of the street theatre able to transform everything around.
Kirill Serebrennikov’s production “The Idiots” based on Lars von Trier’s film of the same name is a part of Gogol Center’s trilogy based on the famous European films. Serebrennikov’s play takes place in modern-day Moscow. The authors did not transfer the plot word for word. Another mentality, attitude toward the “Other”, political and social context all caused a rethinking of the original story.
The new drama by Mikhail Durnenkov written especially for Gogol Center. This is a play where Chekhov's motives are combined with the linguistic and narrative acuity of the 'new drama'. Close friends and acquaintances are going to have a picnic by the lake. Each of them is going through the midlife crisis. Each of them has a routine job, lost of troubles and some 'painful times' in their personal life. The outdoor meeting becomes an occasion for a frank conversation and attempts to understand themselves.
The young characters of “The sea of Trees” are able to change appearances: 14-year old Lora-Lolly can turn into a wise chief of Indians; Anton can become a guest from the Medieval France, and 12-year-old Lars can become a true pirate. Within this beautiful and furious world, there is a program called “The first child in space”, where cowboys compete with Indians on a backyard, and one could meet a zombie on the way from school. The desperate, joyful, endless game captivates the heroes as well as the potential audience, modern boys and girls. Lyuba Strizhak wrote “The sea of Trees” specially for Gogol Center in 2014, when the theatre offered the playwrights, who participated in the #fourplays project, to write their dream play. This particular dream is about childhood that does not the end. The production will be staged by Philip Avdeyev. His debut work was last year’s “Iolanta”, created on the Gogol center Small Stage in collaboration with Alexander Gorchilin and Igor Bychkov. “The sea of Trees” is Avdeyev’s first independent work as stage director.
Based on Nikolai Nekrasov's poem "Who Is Happy in Russia?"
Production consists of three parts. The first is "Dispute". It is about peasants who are asking the famous question: “Who lives fun and freely in Russia?”. What forced them to give up homes and families and hit the road? Where are the boundaries of "Russian world"? What prevents them from finding long-awaited freedom?
The performance is made after "Fear eats the soul" - a film of the German director Reiner Werner Fassbinder telling a love story of an elderly cleaning woman and a young Maroccan migrant. The "Fear" maintains all the themes of the movie as well as its plot - but, transferring from the post-Nazi Germany to contemporary Russia, the story becomes even more provoking.