The Black Monk

Perfomance, 18+ 2:00, No intermissions

Inspired by the philosophy of Nietzsche, the romanticism of Edgar Allan Poe and an old Arabian fable, Chekhov uses this little-known, very special story to ask the big questions. And as always, he “only” asks them, but he does so with the diagnostic sharpness and laconic nature of a doctor. He doesn’t presume to give any answers. Kirill Serebrennikov radicalises Chekhov – boring deeper and deeper into a musical rondo and painful basic questions: Isn’t it the case that every human being has something unique and special about them, something that can be seen as beautiful, with the right to individual choices and freedom? And that we circle around this significance – again and again until we are on the edge of eccentricity and losing ourselves? But isn’t it also the case that life is only possible when you serve in humility and remain modest? Chekhov’s case study here is a gardener, who cares for his piece of Earth with devotion and love, cultivating a garden which gives him his rhythm. This garden could be his whole world. There’s little room here for any wild dreams of freedom. It’s well thought out: On the one hand there is always the self-indulgence of our wills and wishes, on the other hand the “insult” to humanity of being nothing special, rather just as irrelevant and vulnerable as everything else in nature.

How do we escape this conflict? A gardener, his daughter, a broken man, and an undead black monk, like The Flying Dutchman… and what?

An international production performed by a Russian, German, American, Armenian and Latvian ensemble


WORLD PREMIERE 22ND JANUARY 2022, THALIA THEATER



Photo - Ira Polyarnaya, Krafft Angerer

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AUTHORS
DIRECTING AND STAGE DESIGN
CO-DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHY
Ev­ge­ny Ku­lagin
Ivan Es­tegne­ev
PERSONAL ASSISTANT
An­na Sha­las­ho­va
HEAD OF ARTISTIC PRODUCTION
Ali­na Alesh­chen­ko
HEAD OF TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
Ele­na Bu­loch­ni­kova
CO-SCENOGRAPHIST
Ol­ga Pav­luk
COSTUME
Ta­ty­ana Dol­ma­tovs­ka­ya
MUSIC
Jēkabs Nīma­nis
MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Eka­teri­na An­to­nen­ko
Usc­hi Krosch
ARRANGEMENT
And­rei Po­li­akov
MUSIKALISCHE EINSTUDIERUNG
Usc­hi Krosch
LIGHT
Ser­gej Ku­char
VIDEO
Alan Man­dels­htam
DRAMATURGY
Jo­ac­him Lux
CAST
Mir­co Kre­ibich (And­rej Kow­rin, Ge­nie)
Fi­lipp Av­de­ev (And­rej Kow­rin, Ge­nie)
Odin Bi­ron (And­rej Kow­rin, Ge­nie)
Bernd Gra­wert (Der Al­te)
Vik­to­ria Mi­rosh­ni­chen­ko (Tan­ja, se­ine Toch­ter (jung))
Gab­ri­ela Ma­ria Schme­ide (Tan­ja, se­ine Toch­ter (älter))
Gur­gen Tsa­tury­an (Der Mönch, Wahn­vor­stel­lung)
SUNRISE AND SUNSET
Till­mann Bec­ker (Dan­cer)
Ge­nadi­jus Ber­go­rul­ko (Ba­riton)
Vik­tor Bra­un (Dan­cer)
And­rey Os­ta­pen­ko (Dan­cer)
And­rey Os­ta­pen­ko (Dan­cer) Pa­vel Go­gad­ze (Te­nor) / Ben­ja­min Bo­resch (Te­nor)
Fri­edo Hen­ken (Ba­riton)
Ale­xan­der Trem­mel (Te­nor) / Sa­mu­el Fran­co (Te­nor)

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