Alexandrinsky Theatre, Saintpetersburg, Russia
Director: Valery Fokin
Performed in Russian with Hungarian translation.
2 hours, without breaks.
"Švejk. The return" is a new performance of the Artistic Director of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, one of the leaders of the modern world directing - Valery Fokin. The literary basis of the performance - the original play by Tatyana Rakhmanova, based on the world-famous satirical novel by Yaroslav Hašek "The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War". The performance became the first stage embodiment of this play.
The novel that appeared at the very beginning of the 1920s gave one of the most famous folk heroes to the world - Švejk, a small man trying to survive in the flow of events of the First World War. The performance of Valery Fokin is a modern rethinking of this age-old history. Who is Švejk of the 21st century? An involuntary participant of many wars, embroiled in confrontation of all with everyone, still trying to survive and retain common sense in the absurd reality - today, without losing its grotesque simplicity and naivety, he becomes a real hero of our time.
The performance "Švejk. The return" is a funny story, a satire, where, however, very important questions are raised for us - about peace and war, about the relationships between the man and the state, about the personal responsibility of everyone for what is happening in the world. And the theatre is now ready to talk about the war in the caricature tradition created by Hašek and at the same time rigidly and uncompromisingly.
The performance by Valery Fokin based on the novel by Yaroslav Hašek. "The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War". The play of Tatyana Rakhmanova.
Actors and cast:
Stepan Balakshin, Yanina Lakoba, Dmitrii Buteev, Igor Volkov, Pyotr Semak, Victor Shuralev, Elena Nemzer, Olga Belinskaya, Andrey Matiukov, Anna Blinova, Valery Stepanov, Aleksander Mitzkevich, Nikolay Belin, Timur Akshentsev, Andrey Marusin, Nikita Barsukov, Sergey Sidorenko, Sergey Elikov, Igor Mosiuk, Alexey Vasilchenko, Vladimir Malikov, Roman Gusev, Liubov Shtark, Efim Rodnev, Ivan Suprun, Daria Klimenko, Ekaterina Shumakova, Alexey Dvoeglazov, Sergey Denisov, Maksim Yakovlev
Musicians: Fhilipp Bayandin, Igor Mamai, Anton Popov
Stage designer: Simon Pastukh
Costume designer: Oksana Yarmolnik
Choreographer: Igor Kachaev
Composer: Aleksandr Bakshi
Dramaturge: Tatiana Rahmanova
Musical director: Ivan Blagoder
Light Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Video Designer: Asya Mukhina
Sound: Maksim Chikhalov
Assistant Director: Sophia Martusheva, Ekaterina Astrakhantseva