A LULLABY FOR SOPHIEDrama Theatre, Minusinsk
Director: Alexei Pesegov
Director Alexei Pesegov develops an interesting theatre language with his company in distant Siberia. The town of Minusinsk is located on the border of Khakassia and the Krasnoyarsk Krai in an anomalous area of Central Siberia where one can grow exotic fruit and vegetables. A LULLABY FOR SOPHIE is based on Yevgeny Zamyatin`s novel THE FLOOD written in the 1920s. The experience of a new world and an emerging society is associated with the image of natural disaster (the flood in St. Petersburg) and a longing female nature that is strong enough to remove all obstacles in order to bring in a new life. The director follows the writer in his love for the metaphors of water and even strengthens the image of the power of water in its various implementations. On stage we see the poor life of proletarians, but this is where the images of Russian painter Petrov-Vodkin originate with their combination of peasant beauty and elements of icon painting.
The director shows an unpretentious melodrama, a story full of intrigue and love. At the same time, this is a serious essay with the message that no matter how hard the civilization works to control human emotions, nature will take its toll.
The production is staged by Alexei Pesegov based on a short novel by Yevgeny Zamyatin THE FLOOD wtitten in the faraway 1929... As Zamyatin himself wrote “a real St.Petersburg flood is reflected in the inner flood of the soul”... In the play (like in Zamyatin's short novel) there are almost no dialogues, no direct speech. Yet with the help of movement, gestures, choreography, music a strong impressive piece has been created... We are victims of the elements that are inside us.
"Krasnoyarsk Worker" Newspaper
The show is very much about dance, choreography... The director and stage designer succeeded in turning the short novel into true poetry on stage.
"Power of Labour" Newspaper