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The Constant Principle. Part I

Second redaction. A play in three acts, two cemeteries, and one concert
Director: Boris Yukhananov
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Duration: 3 hours with two intermissions

Nearest performances

25 January,  Friday
19:00
27 January,  Sunday
14:00
3 May,  Friday
19:00
5 May,  Sunday
14:00

The premiere took place on 3 November 2015.

In 1437, the Portuguese prince Don Fernando is taken prisoner by the Sultan of Morocco after an unsuccessful military expedition. In exchange for his freedom, the prince is ordered by the Sultan to destroy the town of Ceuta, a Catholic stronghold in North Africa. Prince Fernando decides that his life is not worth such a concession. He prefers life as a slave in a Muslim prison.

Fernando died in 1443. He was made a saint by the Catholic Church, and his heroic deed was glorified, in part, becoming the subject of Calderon's philosophical drama, ‘The Constant Prince’ (El Principe constant, 1629).

The performance is accompanied by English-language supertitles

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Boris Yukhananov on 'The Constant Principle':

The goal here isn't to be liked or to entertain. There is a certain pain here that haunts me. By nature I am bound up in things spectacular, by which I mean to say that I love the integrity of theater, although this integrity has fallen ill in my soul. Something has happened to it. Hence, this huge work, in the making for nearly three years, is shot through with pain. In this regard it may shock some or be unbearable to others. There is nothing I can do about that.

That is the nature of the baroque, everything is slipped into specific layers, in which pain and joy lie on top of each other and, sometimes, like lovers, they roll over and exchange places. That's how the baroque arises. It arises in the intersection of culturally taboo limits, and there is no way getting around that.

Performers

Don Fernando, Portuguese Prince
Igor Yatsko
The King of Fez
Viktor Terelya
The King of Fez
Valery Afanasyev
Fenix, Princess of Fez
Alla Kazakova
Muley, Moorish commander
Pavel Kravets
Dervish
Yekaterina Andreeva
Brito, jester
Anna Kuzminskaya
Don Enrico, Portuguese Prince
Andrei Yemelyanov
Don Juan Coutinho
Pavel Shumsky
Selim, Throne
Andrei Ostrovsky
Frog, Ghost
Svetlana Naidyonova
Guards
Andrei Anisimov
Guards
Georgy Grishchenkov
Sword fighters
Yekaterina Andreeva
Sword fighters
Olga Zhuravlyova
Sword fighters
Maria Menshinina
Sword fighters
Natalia Afanasyeva
Sword fighters
Lina Langner
Sword fighters
Ulyana Tabolich
Sword fighters
Asya Belaya
Fallen Warriors
Andrei Anisimov
Fallen Warriors
Georgy Grishchenkov
Fallen Warriors
Maxim Derichev
Fallen Warriors
Anton Kapanin
Fallen Warriors
Anton Kostochkin
Fallen Warriors
Pavel Kravets
Fallen Warriors
Dmitry Mikirtumov
Fallen Warriors
Dmitry Myagky
Fallen Warriors
Mikhail Sokolov
Fallen Warriors
Vitaly Terekhovsky
Fallen Warriors
Anton Torsukov
Fallen Warriors
Andrei Ostrovsky
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors)
Anton Kapanin
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors)
Maria Chirkova
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors)
Pavel Shumsky
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors)
Svetlana Naidyonova
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors)
Viktor Khatenovskiy
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors)
Sonya Yefimova
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors)
Vera Romanova
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors)
Andrei Ostrovsky
Performer
Sergei Vasilyev
Sword fighter
Dmitry Mikirtumov
Alfonse, King of Portugal
Anton Kapanin
Tarudant, King of Morocco
Pavel Kravets
Tarudant, King of Morocco
Roman Dolgushin
Chorus
Ilona Bul
Chorus
Yelena Byrkina
Chorus
Alina Gorina
Chorus
Andrei Yemelyanov
Chorus
Alyona Kakhuta
Chorus
Maria Menshinina
Chorus
Tatyana Perevalova
Chorus
Alyona Fyodorova
Choirmaster
Arina Zvereva

And also

Based on ‘The Constant Prince’ by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, and 'A Feast in a Time of Plague' by Alexander Pushkin
Costume designer: Vadim Andreev

Servants — Yekaterina Kuzminskaya, Victoria Pikos / Maria Viktorova
Fallen Warriors — Ivan Rump, Cris Ugbalo, Maxim Yakimov
Orchestra (slaves, servants, Moors) — Olga Choreva, Yulia Semina, Ivan Rump, Maxim Yakimov, Victoria Pikos, Maria Viktorova, Cris Ugbalo
Musicians — Sergey Kuznetsov, Antonio Gramshi, Aleksei Nozhnov
Performer of Arab folk song — Andrei Yemelyanov
Old Woman — Yekaterina Kuzminskaya
Man — Ivan Rump
Throne — Vladislav Vishnyakov
Cinematic Book — Andrei Smirennov
Pianist — Andrei Yemelyanov
Selim — Maria Viktorova / Victoria Pikos
Chorus — Maxim Yakimov

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