ЗОЛОТАЯ МАСКА - ФЕСТИВАЛЬ И ПРЕМИЯ
Bernard-Marie Koltès

ROBERTO ZUCCO

TYuZ, Moscow
Of the masters of Russian theatre, who are generally indifferent to “new drama”, Kama Ginkas is the only one to take a keen interest in it. He is attracted, observes, looks closely... And, at last, he decided. His interpretation of “Roberto Zucco” is above all an attempt to understand whether there is a continuity between the spiritual and moral search of classical literature and the new – frightening and repellent – artistic reality. In fact, Ginkas always went along the lines of the artistic avant-garde, not afraid of courageous, even shocking, theatrical gestures. He also scared and repelled his audiences at times: he played with the theatre of cruelty; he sharpened Chekhov, modernized Dostoevsky. Thus, in a sense, he occupied in the former theatrical hierarchy about the same place as the representatives of the “next” theatrical generation occupy now. Although Koltes’s play, written at the end of the 1980s, is a long way from “new drama”: it is more like an “overcoat”, from which much of modern theatre has emerged, Ginkas perceived the play as a new text, written in Russia and about Russia. The production, whose avaricious set design dazzles with its English-language neon signs, is brought to life by the inhabitants of remote places. Koltes’s dramatic art reminds here of Vasili Sigarev.


TRAVELLING COMPANY
25


PERFORMANCE SPACE
18 m x 14 m
(both the set and the spectators are placed on the stage)

FOR AUDIENCE OF
130


FRIGHT
800 kg, 30 m3


GETTING IN
One day before the performance




Photo © Elena Lapina