Festival of Modern Russian Art
15 – 21 November 2010
Tales of Shukshin, director Alvis Hermanis
A performance by the State Theatre of Nations, Moscow
This performance provides the opportunity to reveal to a broad public one of the most talented directors in modern European theatre – Alvis Hermanis. He is in charge of a brilliant group of actors which is based around two principal actors, who are stars of the modern Russian theatre and cinema – Chulpan Khamatova (Good Bye, Lenin!) and Yevgeny Mironov (House of Fools).
Alvis Hermanis is immersed in the creative world of Shukshin, a writer with a symbolic and original view of reality. As a writer and film director, Shukshin, who had a huge influence in the Soviet epoch, was primarily an enthusiastic observer of peasant life, which he describes with an entrancing realism.
The joint creativity of this classic writer of the Brezhnev era and the director of the post-communist revival makes this performance unbelievably attractive, shorn of the lure of nostalgia for the past, and the social questions which remain in the background for the triumph of joy and a subtle poetic humour.
Venue: Théâtre des Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon
Time: 17, 18, 19 and 20 November, 20.00