Instruction in the Idiotic Foundations of the Soul
Adapted for the stage and directed by: Klim KozinskyWatch the trailer
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Duration: 2 hour, 20 minutes

Nearest performances

23 July,  Tuesday
24 July,  Wednesday

The premiere took place in 10 December 2016.

Klim Kozinsky’s debut production is based on two works: Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and Gottfried Leibniz’ Monadologie (1714).  

Leibniz formulates the model of an ideal world, at the center of which lies a soul, or its more simple form – a monad. Achieving an understanding of this world by means of reason, the soul develops and gradually rises to its Creator. But no philosophical dogma is capable of embracing the world: in its efforts to embrace life, it destroys it. The clash of ideas and reality give rise to war.

Prince Myshkin, being either spiritually blind or a genius, is charmed by the idea of unifying two worlds: the world of divine law and the earthly world. Myshkin tries to change the nature of things,  to arouse the soul’s memory of divine principles, thus violating the natural course of things. 

The play does not include Leibniz’s text per se although his ideas are woven into the musical structure of the performance. As such, one pattern - the twists and turns of Dostoyevsky’s novel - is woven into another that is drawn from the world of philosophical ideas and palindromes. The bible which Aglaya Yepanchina holds in her hands is merely a phone book.

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Klim Kozinsky comments:

"The entities of literature and theater are primordially locked in a severe conflict. There are two known ways out: either performance carves literature up and, thanks to the attendant creative tension, creates a new ‘theatrical’ text, or literature subdues theatre, turning it into a pattern of references to the source. I immediately abandoned the kind of theatre where, for some reason, someone must believe someone else, but at the same time I backed out of a literature-centric system, which is extremely obstinate and must be treated with kid gloves. Mine is an attempt not to splice theatre and literature together, but to separate them, thus multiplying them".