A play by Valery Pecheikin based on a film by Lars von Trier
Uniting in a commune, opening a blissful and free “inner idiot”
in themselves, the heroes of Trier go to the streets of Denmark
and meet the squeamish bourgeois. The characters of “The Idiots”
feel themselves “here” and “there” at the same time, existing at
the crossroad of different worlds. The political power and the
opposition, sex and love, the left-wing and the right-wing,
cynicism and grief.
Alena Karas, Russian newspaper
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, together with “The Brothers”
by Alexey Mizgirev (based on “Rocco and his Brothers” by Luchino
Visconti) and "Fear" by Vladislav Nastavshev (made after "Fear
eats the soul" by Reiner Werner Fassbinder).
Trier’s characters live in a commune where they help each other
to find their “inner idiot” – a state of innocent beatitude. They
discover the “generous vein of idiocy” which feed them with love
and joy. Having found the “idiot”, they take it out to introduce
him the world. The citizens of the “civilized society” are a bit
scared but remain surprisingly patient. Even if they have an
aversion for the “alternatively developed”, they treat them with
squeamish politeness. The mechanically tolerant Danish people
disgust Trier's characters – however, finally they turn out to be
the winners and society survives the assault of the idiots.
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 play
was created during rehearsals: the playwright Valery Pecheikin
with the creative team sought every day life situations in
Moscow in which he could place the “new innocents”. The play
balances on the edge between the documentary method in the
spirit of the Dogma 95 manifesto and its free variation.
Improvisation plays a very important part in this work. Actors
as well as playwright answer the question: who is he – “the
idiot of our time”?
The cast actors of "Theater of Simple" (art. Director - Igor Neupokoev):
Sergey Makarov, Vladislav Sanotsky, Victor Bodunov, Vera Koloskova, Svetlana Asanova, Victoria Karazeeva