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"The nightingale was singing, the lilac was blooming..." (12+)

  • Author: Alexander SELIN
  • Artistic Director: Vyacheslav DOLGACHEV
  • Director: Narkas ISKANDAROVA
  • Artist: Vladislav OGAY
  • Technical Artist: Ivan BOYKO
  • Composer: Larisa KAZAKOVA
  • Costume Designer: Natalya ZAKURDAYEVA
  • Choreographer: Anna MELOVATSKAYA
  • Voice Instructor: Svetlana MUKHANOVA

The first performance: May 06, 2005

Duration of performance: 1 hour 30 minutes (without intermission)

«The Nightingale Sang...» is a story of three young men from 1930-s and 1940-s who went to the war and had no time even to take a proper part in their first battle... The plot directed to the modern generations and filled with the anxieties about our young people. It is told like a kind of a parable with metaphors. This is a show about lively happy youth, about happiness and love, about the invaluable moments of our life. It is also about the responsibility for the so beautiful and so fragile World. It is basically a reminder performance, a learning performance and commemorative performance, not so much about the war, as about the life and the human soul.

... The handsome, clever , strong and happy young men came from the «light past» and exist in a sort of conventional ideal space; perhaps they are the resurrected ones. They need to know right now who they are and what happened to them some time ago... What happened when they were young, handsome and in love — in other words, when the nightingale sang and the lilac was blooming, when they were still alive, alive, alive... When they were alive. Here we see their girls in white dresses, we see their fellow students, they week days, their holidays, the spring of the life! Such was the life then!... What do all those magnificent old melodies tell about, those inevitable dance floors that bring back the days of yore? The life was so desperately beautiful — the enthusiasm, the love, the friends and the faith that everything would be good...

Why did it finish so abruptly?

All this was finished when the peers, the young Russians and the same young German lads got face to face with each other in their first battle. What was then, what became of them later?

They knew all and understood all. That is why they come back «there» with the eyes full of pain and suffering. And we understand what they didn’t tell us, the living ones.

The play was performed at the International Renewal ARTS Forum 2006 in Bern, Switzerland (2004 ) and at the International Theatre Festival «Melpomene of Tauria» in Kherson (2006).