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Nastasiya Filippovna (16+)

  • After the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky “The Idiot”
  • Idea by Andrzej Wajda
  • Director: Vyacheslav DOLGACHEV
  • Artistic Designer: Margarita DEMIANOVA

The first performance: September 19, 2008

Duration of performance: 1 hour 30 minutes — 2 hours

The peculiarity of the new theatre’s project is that the whole story is only played by two actors.

The idea to show «The Idiot» from the points of view of Myshkin and Rogozhin belongs to the Polish director Andrzej Wajda. In Russia he is more famous as a cinema director, but the theatrical works also brought him his fame. His performances after Dostoyevsky’s «Demons», «Nastasiya Filippovna», «Crime and Punishment» became the history of the theatre. «Nastasiya Filippovna» in The Old Theatre in Krakow (1977) was performed as a public rehearsal with two actors, recreating the novel thought its two characters, Myshkin and Rogozhin.

Vyacheslav Dolgachev (director of the performance):

«We took the idea of Wajda and put out to the improvisation. It is for the first time that we enter to the audience, only knowing the beginning and the end of the show, based on the book: the night after Nastasiya Filippovna was killed. All that happens in between (the history of relations of three characters) is reconstructed by the actors as they wish, according to their immediate intentions. Each of the characters may turn the plot to his side. You may say every performance will be the unique, it will be made before the audience’s eyes with the unknown duration.

...The night after Nastasiya Filippovna was killed comprises all the history of relations between prince Myshkin, Parfyon Rogozhin and Nastasiya Filippovna Barashkova. Two men loved her and they try to understand the complicated ways of destiny that brought them to the tragic final.

The performance «Nastasiya Filippovna» was awarded Grand-Prix and the award for the best male’s role at XIII International Festival after F. M. Dostoyevsky’s works (2009), the «Creative Breakthrough» award of the Moscow Theatre Festival (2007/2008); it participated in X International Theatre F. Volkov’s Festival in Yaroslavl (2009), in VII International Young Russian Theatres Festival in Omsk (2009). It was also awarded the «Creative Breakthrough» Diploma at the Moscow Theatre Festival in 2008.

In January 2013 it was successfully staged in the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, USA.