Photographer: Olympia Orlova

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Based on the play by William Shakespeare translated by Mikhail Lozinsky and Tatyana Shchepkina-Kupernik
Director: Alessio Nardin
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Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes, 2 intermissions

Nearest performances

25 July,  Thursday
20:00
26 July,  Friday
20:00
14 September,  Saturday
19:00
15 September,  Sunday
19:00

The premiere took place in 22 June 2021.

After instructing the Electrotheatre company on the art of working with masks and creating modern ways of mastering commedia dell'arte techniques in Boris Yukhananov's Pinocchio, Italian director and teacher Alessio Nardin returns to Moscow to stage A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Yard of the Electrotheatre.

In Shakespeare's irrational but carefully organized text, the director is fascinated by one question – who is dreaming everything that happens before the viewer? An author? Titania? Titania and Oberon? Or even a spectator? As in a dream, it is difficult to know whether we are dealing with logical madness or total madness.

The director's question is: “What is the power of sleep in our lives? What is the relationship between dream and reality? If this is a dream, then what tools of theatre can be used to make this dream come true on stage?” To find them, Alessio Nardin began determining what real worlds are present in the play. The world of Polis, the golden cage governed by law, justice, order and rationality, is the world of Theseus, Hippolytus, and Aegeus. The forest is the world of Oberon, Titania, Puck and the witches, that is, a world in which nature expresses itself in all its power and uncontrolled passion: a world in which nature is magic. The theatre of actors is a world of artisans who seek to get closer to the gods, and for this they invent a new form of art, becoming artists. Finally, the Lovers: this is the real world of passion, beauty, sacrifice, betrayal, death, deceit, and hope. This is the world in which we live every day, and at the same time, perhaps the only one that we do not feel, and do not understand.

Intertwined, all four realities reveal the fullness of the play and, perhaps, the structure of our life.

The performance features actors from the Electrotheatre, trained in commedia dell'arte and using masks as a means of transition from one reality to another.

Performers

PHILOSTRATE, MASTER OF THE REVELS TO THESEUS
Andrei Yemelyanov
Next performances:
25, 26 July
QUINCE, A CARPENTER (COMEDIAN)
Andrei Yemelyanov
Next performances:
25, 26 July
SNUG, A JOINER (COMEDIAN)
Dmitry Myagky
Next performances:
25, 26 July
FLUTE, A BELLOWS-MENDER (COMEDIAN)
Vladimir Dolmatovsky
FLUTE, A BELLOWS-MENDER (COMEDIAN)
Grigory Nekrasov
Next performances:
25, 26 July
SNOUT, A TINKER (COMEDIAN)
Anton Kostochkin
Next performances:
25, 26 July
HIPPOLYTA, QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS, BETROTHED TO THESEUS
Anastasia Ksenofontova
Next performances:
25, 26 July
HERMIA, DAUGHTER TO EGEUS, IN LOVE WITH LYSANDER
Anna Mavlitova
Next performances:
25, 26 July
HELENA, IN LOVE WITH DEMETRIUS
Maria Belyaeva
Next performances:
25, 26 July
OBERON, KING OF THE FAIRIES
Anton Kostochkin
Next performances:
25, 26 July
TITANIA, QUEEN OF THE FAIRIES
Darya Kolpikova
Next performances:
25, 26 July
PUCK, OR ROBIN GOODFELLOW
Vladimir Dolmatovsky
PUCK, OR ROBIN GOODFELLOW
Grigory Nekrasov
Next performances:
25, 26 July
COBWEB (A FAIRY)
Andrei Yemelyanov
Next performances:
25, 26 July
MOTH (A FAIRY)
Anastasia Ksenofontova
Next performances:
25, 26 July
PEASEBLOSSOM
Yekaterina Andreeva
Next performances:
25, 26 July
ATTENDANT OF OBERON
Dmitry Myagky
Next performances:
25, 26 July
ATTENDANT OF OBERON
Andrei Yemelyanov
Next performances:
25, 26 July
THESEUS, DUKE OF ATHENS
Anton Kapanin
Next performances:
25, 26 July
EGEUS, FATHER TO HERMIA
Dmitry Myagky
Next performances:
25, 26 July
LYSANDER, IN LOVE WITH HERMIA
Yulia Abdel Fattah
Next performances:
25, 26 July
DEMETRIUS, IN LOVE WITH HERMIA
Pavel Kravets
Next performances:
25, 26 July

And also

Работа над речью – Ника Косенкова

Переводчики: Михаил Леонидович Лозинский, Татьяна Львовна Щепкина-Куперник