• Duration: 2:00
  • Intermissions: Without intermissions
  • Age category: 18+
  • In the repertoire

After the poem of Ovid and texts of Valery Pecheikin

Ovid and Pecheykin’s characters inhabit scorched car frames on a background of virtual metamorphoses. This apocalyptic landscape provides the ancient Roman text from the beginning of the 1st century, with a new perspective and suddenly connects the Roman decadence to contemporary man’s confusion…

Alena Karas, “Rossiyskaya gazeta”


A French director David Bobée, together with Kirill Serebrennikov, has created this show, inspired by the Greco-Roman myths in the interpretation of Ovid which are this time combined with the reality of the 21st century. The hexameter of the classical verse coexists here with the texts composed for the performance by a playwright Valery Pecheikin. The action takes place in the timeless space inhabited by the souls of the Greek gods and kings. 
Daedalus and Icarus, Orpheus and Eurydice, Narcissus and Echo appear from all the sides – either from bonnets, trunks or saloons of the old crushed cars. In a huge crowd they come face to face with the audience telling their stories. They either speak directly from themselves floundering and stuttering or completely transform into the heroes – and they need just one moment to turn a joke into the high tragedy. 
“Metamorphoses” is a global multimedia performance, mixing drama theatre with contemporary dance, video art and sound design. It’s a view on the eternal cultural plots from the new millennium, an attempt to understand what they can mean nowadays, when Orpheus could have easily sent dead Eurydice a private message in “Facebook”.

Cast by episodes

1. Prologue

Nikita Kukushkin 

2. Creation of the World and of Man

Roman Shmakov 

3. I am

4. Myrrha

Evgeniya Afonskaya,

Harald Tompson Rosenstrøm

5. Orpheus and Eurydice

Alexander Gorchilin, Alexandra Revenko 

6. Self-murderers 

7. Daedalus and Icarus 

Yana Irtenieva 

8. Pygmalion

Maria Poezzhaeva

9. The Battle

Roman Shmakov ,

Harald Tompson Rosenstrøm

10. Semi-creature

Nikita Kukushkin 

11. Erysichthon

Ilya Romashko 

12. Cripples‘ dance

Philippe Avdeev,

Artem Shevchenko,

Rinal Mukhametov 

13. Midas

Philippe Avdeev

14. Tiresias

Evgenia Afonskaya,

Evgeny Dahl

15. Ovid

Artem Shevchenko

16. Narcissus and Echo

Svetlana Mamresheva,

Rinal Mukhametov 

17. Acis, Galatea and Polyphemus 

Svetlana Mamresheva,

Harald Tompson Rosenstrøm,

Ivan Fominov 

18. Phaethon

Artem Shevchenko

19. Semi-creature

Nikita Kukushkin 

20. Satyr

Yana Irtenieva,

Artem Shevchenko

21. Tireasias 2 

Evgeny Dahl

22. Nymphs


Ivan Fominov 

24. Midas 2 

Philippe Avdeev

25. Appolo and Marsyas 

Rinal Mukhametov ,

Roman Shmakov 

26. Procne

Ekaterina Steblina

27. Orpheus‘ Death 

Alexander Gorchilin

28. Semi-creature

Nikita Kukushkin 

29. The Deluge

Ilya Romashko 

30. Semi-creature

Nikita Kukushkin 

Duration: 2 hours, no intermission

Creative team

Direction: David Bobée, Kirill Serebrennikov 

Choreography: DeLaVallet Bidiefono

Diction teachers: Alexandra Nikolaeva, Sergey Sotnikov 

Translation: Rimma Genkina

Executive producers: Natalia Gerasimova, Anna Shalashova, Ekaterina Voronova

Technical direction: Oleg Nazarov

Lighting design: Stéphane Babi Aubert

Video design: José Gherrak

Sound design: ::vtol::

Sound: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Reizman

Lighting: Alexander Krasnolutsky

Technologue: Alexander Baranov 

Special effects: Alexander Eliseenkov 

Video: Olga Dmitrieva

Assistant direction and assistant costumes: Daria Artemova

Stage managers: Suzanna Akezheva, Natalia Kirillova


Authors Valery Pecheikin Ovid