The Noise was directed by Mikhail Patlasov. Among his other Saint Petersburg works are the documentary productions The Antibodies and Allegro, created for the Petersburg Documentary Stage Project in the Baltiysky Dom Theatre. The Antibodies received the Ultimate National Golden Mask Theatre Award and won two prizes at the 2013 festival in the categories Best Short Drama Production and The Critics’ Choice. Both productions were based on a Petersburg story: The Antibodies tells the story of antifascist activist’s Timur Karachava’s tragic death, and Allegro is a collection of monologues given by passengers travelling in the Allegro train that runs between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki.
The Noise by playwright Ekaterina Bondarenko is also based on a true story that happened several years ago in a Chelyabinsk region village – a teenage computer game-addict murdering his classmate with a sawn-off shotgun for putting an ink stain under his nose. The first 2011 version of the play was shown in the Theatre. doc in Moscow. The show makes use of complex media - and sound special effects: a video projection to five sides, that creates the effect of being inside a computer game, and binaural sound – a technology that heretofore had only been used in cinematography.
For the Alexandrinsky Theatre New Stage production, a new version of the Noise was created. The director had also visited the village where the incident took place, interviewed the eye witnesses and saw the place where it happened: ‘I travelled to the murder site, put on the GoPro camera and ran the same two hundred metres that the main character’s schoolboy victim had run. It was a strong impression – a child had died on this spot, and here I am running around with a camera, creating a performance. He was already deaf when he was running: his neck had been injured with the shot wave, and he had also been deafened by the two shots that hit him. Then he fell and had been lying the same way until his mother turned him over… Have you ever heard a hunting gun go off? It is an earsplitting noise that stuns you for a while; all you can hear is a ringing and an echoing noise in your head. I wanted the viewer to experience a similar sensation – like the noise after the shot.
The performance premiered on November 23, 2014.
Media about the
Most of the action happens inside a 3-D hypercube where live actors, dressed in grey uniforms, interact with the 3-D projections of the characters, getting used to their animation-style surroundings. Successfully. A curious character was created by actress Olga Belinskaya. The village’s own business lady, Vanya’s elder sister Tatiana, radiates dull self-defence with her beautiful figure, nondescript face and a dull voice devoid of overtones.
She cuts a familiar figure: God forbid you from running into her behind the village club. The body of the actress seems lifeless, numb, made of concrete – just like a Socialist Realism Park sculpture. The self-defence attitude, which can turn into aggression any second, betrays a deep feeling of guilt and a deadly fear.
Tatiana Zhurova. Antibodies in a Hypercube
Peterburgsky Teatralny Zhurnal, December 2014