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"Insulted and Injured" began to sing and dance. Dostoevsky would have been pleased?

September 29 2005
13:30

Moscow hosts a tour of Perm Academic Drama Theatre. In the capital of the Permian brought an interesting and unique of its kind production - musical, literary basis of which became a classic Russian novel. Libretto Vyacheslav Verbin chosen for transformation in the musical works of Dostoevsky's The Insulted and the Injured. "

For the musical component performance took the famous composer Alexander Zhurbin - author of the first Soviet rock opera "Orpheus and Eurydice, whose work the Western media has often been compared with the works of Leonard Bernstein. "He invited me as a composer, and I was happy to implement this project," - said Alexander Zhurbin. The composer admitted that he was so inspired by this work that he wrote the music for the play quickly enough - in just six months.

For the first time Vladimirskaya Square "was released in early February this year in Perm.
Artistic director of the Perm Academic Drama Theatre, Boris Milgram, readily talks about the musical: "Vladimir area - a unique spectacle. This is a true example of Russian musical. When serious literature translated into the language of poetry and music, it turns out fantastic music and dramatic action. But Dostoevsky can not just sing. He wrote the story must be told so that she has found an echo in the soul of our audience. "

The audience really responded to the creators of this love: the spring of 2005 show that positioned as "an opera for drama theater," went on the X Festival of Russian Theatre in Marseille. Later, moved by the director of the festival, the famous French actor and director Richard Martin, said that "performance" Vladimirskaya Square has managed to seize the heart of the sophisticated French audience. "

No less sophisticated Moscow public will be able to contemplate the work until the first day of October. But now a few words about the kind of premiere at the Maly Theatre of Russia.

Before starting it immediately struck a quite typical of contemporary Russian musical feature - a live orchestra. Probably the main drama theater of the country does not provide an orchestra pit, so the musicians were sitting on the left side of the mezzanine.

When the curtain, the audience was opened quite sad and somewhat depressing picture - the scenery and the light only conditionally, but, nevertheless, quite clearly outlines the musty and stinking atmosphere of the Vladimir area of St. Petersburg, where since Dostoevsky to our days are going to so-called dregs of society - the poor and disadvantaged people.

Particularly memorable chorus of beggars, who opened the show. Very high quality Permian artists perform the number "Give, but who can!". Moreover, the actors did it with full dedication and physical and emotional. What caught my eye - their actions were absolutely no low pressure and condescension to the audience than sinning often "metropolitan stars.

Noting that "Vladimirskaya Square was made exclusively efforts Perm theater troupe and the people who previously had to deal only with the story-telling, singing.
Yes, undoubtedly but it does honor to the director and initiator of the play, but still what a man singing on stage, does not even have basic poetic skills - it is noticeable. No, this evening in the hall rushed and magnificent voice, but the basic pattern was a bit depressing.

yuzikl, staged by the St. Petersburg film director Vladislav Pasi, was built on contrasts: lyric scenes alternated with scenes of high jinks.

In general we can say that of the great works of Dostoyevsky's "parents", "Vladimirskaya Square" tried to make a simple pop hit, and the slogan often sounded on TV, "" Notre Dame "resting" fully justified itself. Many of the solo numbers, appear to have been calculated on what would further repeat the fate of the long-suffering «Bell».

But it remains unclear - what the production of the musical, claiming massive success, its creators "tortured" great work of Russian classics?

Some scenes hit, and even outraged by its focus on the success of a Western audience - a sort of stereotypical Russian gadgets: Roma, daring booze .... All the time expected, but when on stage will draw a brown bear, calmly walking down the street of the city ....

But at the same time, one thing is clear, that with proper work, "Vladimir area can become a hit show.

In fact, according to Alexander Zhurbin, "if Dostoevsky saw the play, he would have liked." Well, trust the creative instinct meter ....

I will cite just one view of the spectators Julia:

"Criticize" Vladimir area "can be a long time and have something, it would wish. I, frankly, very much. In the drama has its own aura: the scenery, the costumes the actors, lighting, perfectly capture the full range of diverse emotions - mad
kabatskoy fun ... from despair, bitter thoughts of loss and suffering, anger and despair from the same frustration.

The play is a bitter irony, of humor, so that Stranglethorn dramatic, as in Dostoevsky's novel, no. Is hope for the best. Among the actors would like to mention a girl Nelly, from her death-song, many in the hall dimmed with tears, Earl-a scoundrel Valkovsky, honest and proud father of Natasha and colorful tavern waiter. The role of sex was without words, but his face and gestures, he spoke very eloquently. "

Maria Pavlikova

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