“What is a theatre? It is a place where people on the stage and people in the auditorium watch each other face to face.
This performance is a combination of antipodal approaches that Stanislavsky and Meyerhold used when staging Chekhov’s plays.
On the one hand, we are surrounded by an unrealistic environment representing real life – the action takes place on the stage and at the theatre. We find ourselves in a theatrical reality as advocated by Meyerhold. On the other hand, we tried to adjust acting according to Stanislavsky’s standards. For him, real-life authenticity was crucial. Taking those things into consideration, in terms of contradiction between the artistic fiction and authenticity, the question of What is a theatre? remains open”, Andrei Shcherban
The first night took place on the 11th September 2009
Media about the
“At first, Shcherban’s performance seems to be ruled by traditions. It is quite disappointing, until you get used to it (strange times we live in – now we have to get used to traditions, rather than to the shock!) and start to feel the atmosphere of the performance. By the time the performance ends, bonds between the audience and the stage are already strong. And then, what’s the difference, whether it’s traditions or not?! Due to such stage appearance, Chekhov’s theatre does not seem boring, baseless, and refined. It lives, and this is it”.
Elena Gorfunkel. The mirror has cracked
Imperiya Dramy, October 2009
“The Uncle Vanya performance is a very decent performance full of proper references, which add unexpected meanings to the plot”.
Zhanna Zaretskaya. A fairy tale about darkness
Afisha, October 2010