Psychosis

After Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis
Director: Alexander Zeldovich
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Duration: 2 hours 10 mins. with one intermission

Nearest performances

27 November,  Tuesday
19:00
28 November,  Wednesday
19:00
20 April,  Saturday
19:00
21 April,  Sunday
19:00

The premiere took place on 22 June 2016.

Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis is one of the key plays in the generation of Britain’s “in-yer-face” drama. The texts of Sarah Kane (1971 - 1999) employed shock, pain and the evocation of a sense of disgust and discomfort in the spectator in order to break down the ever-resistant fourth wall separating audiences from what happens on stage. 

Nineteen actress of various ages are cast in this production. They form a choir of inner voices that run the gamut of intonations from irony to hysteria, from malaise or depression to lyricism, sarcasm, farce and grotesque. 
Joining director Alexander Zeldovich in an exploration of the limits of female experience are the designers from the AES+F group. Their input makes them full-fledged co-creators of this show.

AES+F’s video material (animated 3D graphics) runs parallel to the text, occasionally matching it in an associative way, occasionally losing touch entirely in a surrealistic way. The poetics of the video content, sometimes fairy-tale like, sometimes horror-like, is filled with images of the archetypal female body - blood, milk, black snow, psychedelic colors and insects.

“This production is a dance macabre, a dance of death, a ritual and a grotesque,” says director Alexander Zeldovich. “The tragic is always the slash where destiny is the numerator, the individual is the denominator, and the remainder of each depends on their faith.”

In Russian with English subtitles.

Alexander Zeldovich, director: Any era seeks the best possible artistic voice with which it may express itself. There are no characters in Psychosis, only voices. The human being today is changing, she/he is less holistic. She/He doesn’t express her/himself in a single voice as she/he used to. She/He less often tells about her/himself by way of her/his own destiny – she/he has none. Instead of a single position, she/he consists of a multitude of voices. She/He is polyphonic and may be expressed by a sum of voices, a chorus. In that sense this play precisely describes the contemporary human being, for this is how she/he is structured. These voices express her/his social and existential roles.
Anastasia Nefedova, costume designer: I feel the vibrations of Sarah Kane’s genius and I am thrilled and horrified all at once. The powerful notion of acting out her life and death as an art installation overwhelms everything in the project, even as it puts it under pressure. It’s a remarkable experience.

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