The most unpredictable actor is at your service

Publication date: 9 November 2012

Author: Elena Ragozhina

Issue: New Style

"The constant transformation is his element. Mobility and changeability, susceptibility to dissimilar styles and forms are properties of his acting nature. Eternal escape from everything that is certain is his essence. Crafty sham – is the credo of the actor. From role to role he changes masks being the carefree clown, the reflective philosopher, the unhappy sufferer, then indifferent reasoner. He may be the lucky winner, fine intellectual and carefree dandy. Or he may just pretend to change being himself"- Elena Gubaidulina wrote about Sergei Makovetsky.

This you can see for yourself! From 5th to 10th of November at the Noel Coward Theatre the Vakhtangov Theatre will tour. See Sergei Makovetsky as Ivan Voinitsky in the "Best play of Russia 2011" Uncle Vanya (directed by Rimas Tuminas).

- Why was Uncle Vanya selected for the tour?
- Because almost all of us are uncle Vanyas! – says Sergey Makovetsky. - The only words of Uncle Vanya which foreign viewer can not understand are these: "I ​​have not lived!" What does this mean? You're not born dead? A Russians do understand it: after all, if I lived well, I might have to turn Schopenhauer or Dostoevsky. Chekhov has a small provocation: in all monologues Uncle Vanya blames Serebryakov in his misfortunes. But Serebryakov himself got the push! In our performance Uncle Vanya has a certain re-understanding of life, and we have tried not to blame, but to find a different tone - tone of the conversation before the icons. This is a very modern play, because today many Russians can also say "The life is gone!"

- What is your relationship with the audience?
- When I was a young actor, I always tried to get the audience’s response; I wanted audience to look at me. And then I realized I was wrong. You can not "shove" the audience – it immediately closes in reply and says: "Leave us alone. We bought a ticket, came here - let us rest, relax. Go play, the actor." With experience has come the understanding: you do not want to listen – please do not listen. It is necessary to let the audience go a little bit. But continue to do what you're interested in. Suddenly it becomes interested: what is he doing there?

- As an actor, you always take the concept of the role, which the director proposes?

- There are decisions that are made immediately and unconditionally. With others, you may not agree, but that is the charm of the creative process, you can try the options to see who is right - you or the director. Theater allows it. Movie, by the way, too: if the director is sensitive, he will allow the actor to play his double. And if he is the tyrant and then it is useless to argue with him.

- How do you get into the role? Do you begin thinking as a character?

- No, you do not think as a character - you just think about it. If I say that I'm all in uncle Vanya and see nothing around, it will not be true. This is acting, the play, and in it a lot more creativity and sense than in just stupid playing a character.

Today Vakhtangov Theater is the name, the poster. And this is an achievement of Rimas Tuminas who brought us back to us. Because the language he offers is incredibly modern and is absolutely of Vakhtangov style. This ease of existence, non-irony and non-abuse of audience, bright form and ambitious text is the pure Vakhtangov feature. Rimas has managed to combine the two generations of actors - and the theater has vitalized, sounded. And when we get to the theater Mecca, London, I hope our pain and our hope, our desire to be happy and the inability to be happy will be fel. It's all there in Uncle Vanya.  Come and see for yourself.