Duration: 3 hours 30 mins. with one intermissions
The premiere took place on 10 November 2016.
"The customary belief is that Tartuffe exposes hypocrisy, but that definitely was not the author’s only - or even his primary - concern. Moliere is not interested in hypocrisy as such, but rather in the secret of a hypocrite’s success. The question that the author left open for all subsequent theaters, performers and directors is ‘why?’ Why do people believe what is impossible to believe? All of these ‘why’s’ come down to us by way of all the interpretations that have been offered: some responses are paradoxical, some are brilliant, and some are quite simple - but there can be no final answer.
Philipp Grigoryan chose not even to try to find one, single answer – he built something akin to parallel worlds, in which the same people, events and things look different in different circumstances."
– Olga Fedyanina, dramaturg and consultant on the production.
Philipp Grigoryan is a director and designer. He graduated from the Shchukin Institute and joined the company of the Vakhtangov Theatre, leaving the acting profession in 2001 in order to begin working with multigenre projects. He has directed and designed the following productions: New Year to the music of The Net (Assembly Hall, 2006), Third Shift by Pavel Pryazhko (Josef Beuys Theatre, 2008), Chukchi after a play by Pavel Pryazhko (Stage-Hammer in Perm, 2009), Full Moon (producer's project for the Territory festival, 2011, Golden Mask award in the Experiment category, 2013), Woe from Wit (Theatre-Theatre, Perm, 2011), Medeamaterial, an opera (Tchaikovsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Perm, 2012), The Wedding (Theatre of Nations, 2015) and others. He performed as an actor in the all-night Seagull project at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre.
Galya Solodovnikova is a set and costume designer, and a fashion designer. She graduated from the Kosygin State Technical University in Moscow with a specialty in artistic costume design. She received a Master’s degree at the St. Martin’s College of Arts and Design in London with a specialty in set design. Since 2008 she has taught at the British High School of Design in Moscow. She has worked on projects with Kirill Serebrennikov, Yury Kviatkovsky, Philipp Grigoryan and other contemporary Russian directors.
Anna Abalikhina is a choreographer, director and performer. She graduated from the Moscow Choreographic Lyceum and the Rotterdam Dance Academy (The Netherlands). She received a Golden Mask award in 2015 in the best contemporary dance production category for Exhibit/Awakening on the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. She has participated in international festivals and conferences and is a resident of the American Dance Festival. She collaborates with composers, video artists, programmers and engineers. She teaches. She is often invited to choreograph work at dramatic and opera theatres. She was a dance curator for the programs at Platform in Moscow. She is the curator of the Big Ballet television project on the Culture Channel.
Dmitry Vikhornov is a musician and composer. He wrote the music to Second Vision by Maxim Didenko and the students of Dmitry Brusnikin’s Moscow Art Theatre course at Boyarskiye Palaty in 2014. He worked with Valery Vasyukov and Dmitry Garin on the sound design for Philipp Grigoryan’s production of The Marriage at Theatre of Nations in 2015. He acted in the short musical film Suck a Banana by the SVOI2000 independent group (directed by Marina Potapova, 2002). Was formerly a member of the band Pork Roll.
Olga Fedyanina is the project dramaturg. She is a theatre critic, translator and dramaturg. She greaduated from the theatre history department at GITIS. As an author and editor she collaborates with many publishers, newspapers and journals (ART publishers, Theatre magazine and Kommersant Daily). She has created several translations and adaptations for the stage. She is the dramaturg of the Theatre of Nation’s Shakspeare. Labyrinth promenade-project.
Video directed by Anastasiya Tizyaeva