Director Andrei Moguchy teamed up with Kostantin Filippov to create a modern fairy-tale based on the works of the Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck.
The famous Maeterlinck theme of children descending into the kingdom of the Night in search for the Blue Bird has now acquired modern overtones. This is an attempt to use the theatre to involve the children’s audience into the conversation about the foundations of the Universe, the good and evil, the true and false kinds of happiness. The world of the show is seen with the child’s eye – this is the world of a child’s dreams, fantasies, fears and hopes. The scenic designer, Alexander Shishkin, created the props and costumes in the style of childlike drawings, where every character seems to have been drawn by a child. The action takes place on New Year’s Eve in a cute plasticine family which consists of a brother and sister, Til’til’ and Mitil’, a father, a grandfather, two green dogs, one red cat, and of course, a mother who’s expecting another baby. However, the holiday idyll is broken by a bird which flies into their window. The mother suddenly feels bad and is taken to hospital. Their neighbor, Froken Light, agrees to look after the children. To save their mother and her unborn baby, Til’til’ and Mitil’ have to embark on a perilous journey into the realm of the dead to retrieve the Blue Bird from the Queen of the Night.
Nearly all the Alexandrinsky Theatre company is engaged in the performance along with the musicians. The show is recommended for schoolchildren over 6. However, it may be of equal interest to grown-ups, as it touches upon those questions that are important at any age.
The show premiered on March 26, 2011
The performance was created with the financial help of the Russian Ministry of Culture and the North-Western bank of Sberbank of Russia.