A Petersburg Poem
Director: Valery Fokin
in a stage version by Alexandre Zavyalov and Valery Fokin
"Double", a new production by Valery Fokin, is the first (in the history of theater) staging of "Petersburg poem" by Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, the most mysterious and fantastic work of this writer. There were radio and television versions, there is even a film, directed by B.Bertolucci, where the plot from "The Double" is used, but the action is transferred into present. However, Dostoevsky"s poem is inseparatable from the very atmosphere of Petersburg, from its topography, from its typical characters, who go through their inner tragedies in the metaphorical space of "the most artificial city" in the world.
The action of "The Double" unfolds on the Fontanka embankments, near Izmailovsky, Semenovsky and Anichkov bridges, in the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, that is next to today's Lomonosov square (near the former Chernyshev bridge), in the restaurant, located in Apraksin alley, in the gallery of Gostiny Dvor, in Nevsky prospekt, in Shestilavochnaya street (now Mayakovsky street). The route of the department clerk Mr.Golyadkin may completely coincide with our today"s ordinary routes, the same way as "Golyadkins" can live in all of us, absorbed by numerous involuntary complexes, unreasonable claims and offences.
Dostoevsky had his own permanent seats in Alexandrinsky Theatre, creative work of the masters of the renowned stage inspired the writer, who frequently came here, both in youth and in mature years. Performances based on Dostoevsky"s novels were a big success in Alexandrinsky Theatre. "Gambler", "Idiot", "Unckle"s Sleep" were staged here...
For Valerie Fokin "The Double" is the second part of Petersburg two-part work, started with the staging of Gogol"s "Overcoat", realized in the beginning of this season in Moscow theater "Sovremennik" and starring Marina Neelova.
"The Double" is a synthetic play, where drama, music, singing, suppleness actively interact. Scene designer Alexandre Borovsky, composer Alexandre Bakshi and choreographer Sergey Gritsai became artistic, creative partners of Valery Fokin in his work on Petersburg poem. Ivan Blagoder is a musical director and assistant director of the play.
C A S T:
Mr. Golyadkin, Yakov Petrovich - Vitaly KOVALENKO
Mr. Golyadkin-the younger,
also Yakov Petrovich, the double of Mr. Golyadkin Dmitry LYSENKOV
Petrushka, Mr. Golyadkin's valet Andrey MATUKOV
Andrey Filippovich, manager of the government
office in which Mr. Golyadkin is employed Arkady VOLGIN
Anton Antonovich Setochkin, desk chief Vladimir LISETSKY
His Excellency Semyon SYTNIK
Clara Olsufyevna, daughter Yelena ZIMINA
of Olsufii Ivanovich Yulia MARCHENKO
Her mother Galina KARELINA
Gerasimych, butler to Olsufii Ivanovich Evgeny KAPITONOV
Clerks Ivan YEFREMOV
Female clerks Olga GILVANOVA
Musicians: Dmitry ZOTIN, Konstantin KOLESNIKOV, Anton POPOV, Givi SARKISYAN, Alexander SHCHERBAKOV, Ilya YURSHEVICH, Andrey OGORODNIKOV
Play Duration 1h.30 min.
Premier took place on 25 February, 2005.