Timofey Kulyuabin, a rising star of Russian theatre, tackles Chekhov’s iconic play. In this otherwise realist yet poetic performance, the director has the cast perform in sign language. As a result of this, the slightest move, the faintest look, the creaking floor, a door being shut, everything is invested with a special meaning. Paradoxically enough, far from being obstructed, communication between the characters is facilitated and enhanced, precisely due to the lack of spoken language. The characters’ difficulty to communicate with each other, an intrinsic aspect of the play, evaporates when no words can be uttered aloud. Silence, a new condition of being, brings the characters closer together, while simultaneously isolating them from the rest of the world.
In Russian sign language, with Greek and English surtitles
Direction: Timofey Kulyabin
Set design: Oleg Golovko
Lighting design: Denis Solntsev
Assistant director: Natalia Yarushkina
Advisers on deaf culture: Veronika Koposova, Tamara Shatula
Sign language instructor: Galina Nishchuk
Art photographer: Frol Podlesnyi
Sound: Nina Belkina
Light: Anna Kolesnikova
Caption operators: Yaroslav Kiselyov, Igor Lipatnikov
Cast: Ilya Muzyko (Andrei S. Prozorov), Valeria Kruchinina (Natasha), Irina Krivonos (Olga), Daria Emelyanova (Masha), Linda Akhmetzyanova (Irina), Denis Frank (Feodor I. Kulygin), Pavel Polyakov (Alexander I. Vershinin), Anton Voinalovich (Nikolai L. Tuzenbach), Konstantin Telegin (Vasili V. Solenyi), Andrei Chernykh (Ivan R. Chebutykin), Alexei Mezhov (Alexei P. Fedotik), Sergey Bogomolov (Vladimir K. Rode), Sergey Novikov (Ferapont), Elena Drinevskaya (Anfisa)
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