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Performance video "FLIGHT"

THE OPEN ART FESTIVAL «CHERRY ORCHARD» AND
THE STATE ACADEMIC VAKHTANGOV THEATER  PRESENT

The “FLIGHT” play is a hallmark work in Mikhail Bulgakov’s heritage. Elena Bulgakova, the author’s wife remembered: “It was Mikhail Afanasievich’s favorite play; he loved it like a mother loves her child.”

Veniamin Kaverin has written about the play: “FLIGHT” destroys conventional boundaries of the genre; one moment it is a psychological drama, another it is a phantasmagoria almost completely discordant with realistic view of the outside world.”

The theatrical history of “FLIGHT” was not easy. After its rehearsals at MHAT (Moscow Academic Art Theatre) had been banned in 1928, the question of staging “FLIGHT” was four times brought up at the sessions of Politburo. The authorities never allowed the second presentation – after “The Days of the Turbin Family” – of White Army officers as characters on the stage. The play was never staged within the author’s lifetime, which was “almost a catastrophe” for Mikhail Bulgakov. The first performance of “FLIGHT” took place only in 1957 in Stalingrad.

“This play actually has no theatrical history to mention. Seven of more or less known productions in 87 years is almost nothing. This fact is rather surprising, with account of the play being perceived as a masterpiece of this art. As it seems to me, the matter is not about its sharply critical social nature… but about a mysterious theatrical pattern, about the impossibility to find a stage equivalent to Bulgakov’s incredible remarks, and to the text itself delivered by the characters living in this play.

For instance, such remark as: “Rising to perilous heights…” What is it? Can it be acted? How? Yet how wonderful it is! No need to search for ground to produce the play in events of real life – this is a dead-end only narrowing the search and the topic.

“For me, “FLIGHT” is the state of a man awake from a dream where he was chased by nightmares and strange visions… and in the morning, he finds peace again… He is alone, everything is quiet, and his family sleeps in the next room… everything is all right… he is calm and happy…” Yuri Butusov.

Yuri Butusov has already met Vakhtangov Theater actors before. In 2010 he produced “Measure for Measure” after William Shakespeare. The play was successfully shown in London at Shakespeare’s theater, the Globe, within the framework of the international festival of Shakespeare’s plays entitled “Globe to Globe” in 2012; this production was recognized as the favorite play of the London theatrical season.

Running time: 3 hours 50 min with one intermission.
The play is recommended for audience older than 16 years (16 +).
Director

Yuriy Butusov

Set design

Aleksandr Shishkin

Costumes

Maxim Obrezkov

Lighting designer

Aleksandr Sivaev

Choreographer

Nikolay Reutov

Make-up artist

Olga Kalyavina

Musical director

Andrey Mirnyi

Characters:

THE FIRST DREAM

Serafima Vladimirovna Korzukhina

Ekaterina Kramzina

Sergei Pavlovich Golubkov

privatdocent from St. Petersburg

Sergey Epishev

Grigory Lukyanovich Charnota

Cossack by birth, major-general

Artur Ivanov

Lus’ka

a phantom of Charnota’s imagination

Anna Antonova

Roman Valer'yanovich Khludov

Victor Dobronravov

Krapilin

Pavel Popov

Yriy Tsokurov

De Brizar

Vasily Simonov

The Bride

Alexandra Streltsina

Olga Borovskaya

The armoured train

Valery Ushakov

The Cossack captain

Vasily Tsygantsov

Olen’ka

Olga Lerman

THE SECOND DREAM:

Khludov

Victor Dobronravov

The stationmaster

Valery Ushakov

Charnota

Artur Ivanov

Lus’ka

Alexandra Streltsina

Olga Borovskaya

Serafima

Ekaterina Kramzina

Krapilin

a man who suffered from his own eloquence

Pavel Popov

Yriy Tsokurov

De Brizar

Vasily Simonov

Paramon Il’itch Korzukhin

Valery Ushakov

Golubkov

Sergey Epishev

The armoured train

Valery Ushakov

Skunskiy

Vasily Simonov

The widows

Alexandra Streltsina

Olga Lerman

Ekaterina Kramzina

Olga Borovskaya

Anna Antonova

Lady of the theatre

Gulnaz Balpeisova

Olen’ka

Olga Lerman

Lus’ka

a phantom of Charnota’s imagination

Anna Antonova

THE THIRD DREAM:

Tikhiy

the Head of Counterespionage office

Valery Ushakov

Skunskiy

Vasily Simonov

Golubkov

Sergey Epishev

Charnota

Artur Ivanov

Serafima

Ekaterina Kramzina

Olen’ka

Olga Lerman

THE FORTH DREAM:

Commander-in-chief

Pavel Popov

Yriy Tsokurov

De Brizar

Vasily Simonov

Korzukhin

Valery Ushakov

Africanus, the Most Reverend

Pavel Popov

Yriy Tsokurov

Khludov

Victor Dobronravov

Krapilin

Pavel Popov

Yriy Tsokurov

Golubkov

Sergey Epishev

Skunskiy

Vasily Simonov

Golovan, a Cossack captain

Pavel Popov

Yriy Tsokurov

Commander-In-Chief

just a phantom of Khludov’s imagination

Olga Lerman

Professor of entomology

of the Kazan University who barely escaped from Bolsheviks’ hands

Ekaterina Kramzina

Lady of the theatre

Gulnaz Balpeisova

THE FIFTH DREAM:

THE SIXTH DREAM:

Golubkov

Sergey Epishev

Serafima

Ekaterina Kramzina

Khludov

Victor Dobronravov

Charnota

Artur Ivanov

Lus’ka

Alexandra Streltsina

Olga Borovskaya

Lus’ka

a phantom of Charnota’s imagination

Anna Antonova

THE SEVENTH DREAM:

THE EIGHTH DREAM:

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