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Mothers and Daughters (12+)

  • Author: Alexander VOLODIN
  • Director: Vyacheslav DOLGACHEV
  • Artistic Designer: Margarita DEMIANOVA
  • Assistent Director: Narkas ISKANDAROVA
  • Choreographer: Anna MELOVATSKAYA

The first performance: May 30, 2007

Duration of performance: 2 hours 40 minutes

Two worlds are clashing before our eyes: the world of adolescent girl from a provincial orphanage who never saw her mother, and the world of a quite young woman who had to left her vocation — ballet — because of the children. Two women are met to see each other in an unusual light. Can these worlds understand each other? What each can grasp for her from this meeting? How will it influence their life, and what does it mean for them, this unexpected possibility to look into world the they didn’t know to exist?

It is wonderful how exactly and profoundly Volodin reflected his time and people of his time; it seemed, just a little bit later we would never remember this connection and would never see the people in question. Their lived and then would vanish. The plays of Volodin are very precisely made, up to the single words, up to the silence between words. If you hear enough, you can open another dimension of our being, calculated with the ounces of our soul — how much does it weight? Volodin’s times passed, you want to call them Volodin’s for some reason, and a phrase from his scenario came to you mind, for no obvious reason, how the sunset sky burns down for unknown person. Volodin’d times passed, but his characters remained. It seemed in his plays there were so many specific details of that epoch, so many specific myths and everyday features, that no one would understand them without this knowledge. But you read them and they astonish you. The finest psychology, the music of the human soul, like in Chekhov’s plays; may be it is the most contemporary and relevant element of Volodin’s stories today. (Vyacheslav Dolgachev about Alexander Volodin in «Peterburgsky Teatralny Zhurnal» No. 1 (51), 2008).

The play was performed at the IV All-Russian Theatre Volodin’s «Five Evenings» Festival (Saint-Petersburg, 2008).