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Maxim Gorky

Children of the Sun 16

Children of the Sun

National Drama Theatre of Russia (Alexandrinsky Theatre) – Saint Petersburg, Russia

Director: Nicholay Roschin

Performed in Russian with Hungarian translation.

2 hours, without breaks.

Performance by Nikolai Roshchin based on the play by Maxim Gorky. Maxim Gorky created the first version of „Children of the Sun” in the winter of 1905 in the casemates of the Peter and Paul Fortress, where he was imprisoned for a sharp protest in connection with the events of January 9, 1905 - Bloody Sunday. But the very idea of the text arose earlier. "Children of the Sun" were part of the general reflections of the new century, reflections of the intelligentsia about the ideal person, but also about the severing of human ties. It is no coincidence that «Children of the Sun» is often called the «most Chekhov’s» of all Gorky's plays. However, in the stage story of „Children of the Sun”, there is a wide range of interpretations, the play was also seen as acutely social.

The plot of the play is preserved in the performance. Events take place during the 1905 revolution. Scientist Pavel Protasov lives in the world of science, in captivity of lofty ideas about the purpose of the intelligentsia and is most of all busy with chemical experiments, something is constantly burning and exploding in the house. The wife, to whom the hero does not pay attention, is carried away by his friend, the artist. Protasov himself is loved by a rich merchant widow, and her brother, a veterinarian, is in love with Pavel's sister. A rude and uneducated servant lives nearby, a locksmith beating his wife. A cholera epidemic begins and a popular revolt is brewing.

Színészek / Actors:

Ivan Volkov, Maria Korobkina, Anna Seledez, Elena Nemzer, Stepan Balakshin, Sergei Mardar, Dmitry Buteev, Yanina Lakoba, Elizaveta Kobzar, Nikolai Belin, Ivan Efremov, Anna Stepanova, Valery Stepanov, Aleksei Demidchik, Inna Andreeva, Filipp Bayandin, Aleksandr Morin, Dmitry Zotin, Igor Mamai, Evgenia Kadochnikova, Andrey Ogorodnikov, Aleksandr Scherbakov, Anton Popov


Díszlettervező /Stage designer: Nikolai Roschin
Jelmeztervező /Costume designer: Ekaterina Koptiaeva
Koreográfus / Choreographer: Nikolai Roschin
Zeneszerző / Composer: Ivan Volkov
Dramaturg /Dramaturge: Maxim Gorky, text adaptation – Alexey Demidchik
Rendezőasszisztens / Director’s assistant: Alexey Demidchik
Ügyelő / Stage manager: Elena Borunova, Ekaterina Astrakhantseva
Producerek / Producers: Antonina Dzotenidze, Anastasia Matveev

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Nicholay Roschin

Nicholay Roschin

Nikolay Roschin is the Chief director of the National Drama Theater of Russia (Alexandrinsky Theater) – since September 2016. Graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (RATI-GITIS, Moscow) in 1997. Director, set designer, creator and artistic director of the Moscow theater "ARTO". Taught at the director's master's degree at the Vsevolod Meyerhold Theatre Center, the Moscow Art Theater School, at the Boris Shchukin Theater Institute. Has released a number of performances at the Vsevolod Meyerhold Theatre Center in the framework of artistic research programs dedicated to the practical development of the most important stage schools. Staged performances based on the plays of Beckett, Gozzi, Ruzhevich, texts by Antonin Artaud.

At the Alexandrinsky Theater he is a director and set designer of the following performances: “An Old Woman Hatches” based on the play by T. Ruzhevich (2014, New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater), “The Raven” based on the play by K. Gozzi (2015, Main Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater); the author of the scenography of the play by Valery Fokin “Today. 2016 - ... " based on the novel " Fire " by K. Fokin (2016, New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater); director and set designer of the play "The Bathhouse" based on the play by V. Mayakovsky (2017, New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater); director and set designer of the play "Cyrano de Bergerac" (2018, Main Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater); set designer of the play "The Birth of Stalin" (2019, Main Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater); together with Andrei Kalinin, director and set designer of the play "Children in Power" based on the play "Victor, or Children in Power" by the French playwright Roger Vitrac (2019, New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater); director and set designer of the play "Mayakovsky. The Bathhouse" based on the play by V. Mayakovsky (2019, the main stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater); director and set designer of the play “Children of the Sun” (2021, main stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater).

In the sphere of creative interests of Nikolai Roshchin is the search for new ways of stage expressiveness within the framework of non-verbal theater. While studying at GITIS, he has created the creative group "Ship of Fools", the first performance of which in 1998 has won the Moscow Debuts prize. The director consistently has built the concept of his theater, taking pantomime, clownery and comedy del arte as a basis. For the performance "The Deer King" K. Gozzi (RAMT, 2001) was awarded the I. Smoktunovsky "For directorial skills" and the prize of the Association of Moscow Critics "For Search and Daring". The play "Don Juan" based on texts by A. Pushkin and A. Tolstoy, staged in 2002 at the Tadashi Suzuki Performing Arts Center with Japanese actors, was recognized as the  "Best Director's Work". Works by Nikolai Roschin were presented at many international theater festivals. At the international theatre festival TOGA 2002, Japan.

In July 2016, in Naples, on the stage of the antique amphitheater of the Archaeological Park Pausilypon, as part of the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, the premiere of the play „The Trojan Women” based on the tragedy of Euripides was staged by the artistic director of the Alexandrinsky Theater Valery Fokin and Nikolai Roshchin. In 2017, he won the Golden Mask Russian National Theater Award in the Artist's Work category (play „The Raven”).

In 2019, Nikolai Roshchin's play "Cyrano de Bergerac" was nominated for the Russian National Theater Award "Golden Mask" in several nominations: "Performance of a large form", "Director's work", "Best actor" - Ivan Volkov for the role of Cyrano de Bergerac, " The work of the artist "," The work of the costume designer ".

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