The Mark on the Wall
Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes
The premiere took place on 19 January 2017.
This one-woman show featuring actress Tatyana Marinicheva is based on an early story by Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) about a thoughtful woman and artist who explores the nature of her own consciousness. When one day she sees a mysterious mark on her wall she begins thinking more deeply about nature and creativity. Commentary about life, scientific discoveries, the male view of the world and botany all tumble together inside a woman's consciousness in this impressive work of modernist literature. Just as any Eastern artist wishing to paint a tree must sit and contemplate a tree in order to achieve a unity of perception, thus it is with The Mark on the Wall where the experience of becoming one with the world is the culmination of the tale.
“...Why, if one wants to compare life to anything, one must liken it to being blown through the Tube at fifty miles an hour – landing at the other end without a single hairpin in one's hair! Shot out at the feet of God entirely naked! Tumbling head over heels in the asphodel meadows like brown paper parcels pitched down a shoot in the post office! With one's hair flying back like the tail of a race-horse. Yes, that seems to express the rapidity of life, the perpetual waste and repair; all so casual, all so haphazard....” – Virginia Woolf, “The Mark on the Wall” (1917).
“Visualization and sound, a lively presence and animated, virtual reality, the beauty of the written word and its fulfillment on stage came together here, gently and without overwhelming each other.” (Screen and Stage newspaper).
“Whatever the background of this union, the production emerged as a happy meeting between actress and director, the text and, perhaps, a new experience for spectators coming into contact with Bondareva's one-woman shows.
The aesthetism, for which contemporaries reproached Woolf, is literally savored by the creators of Mark. The slow action is intentional, so that the viewer surrenders to contemplation. One always wants to conteplate the stunning strict beauty of Bondareva.” (St. Petersburg Theatre Journal).
Video by Darya Kychina