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 mise en scène

 decor and costumes

 role of tchikatilo
 interpreted by

 Michael VOLOGOV

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This independent "Museum Theatre Play" project "The Supreme Penalty of Tchikatilo" is realized by power of theatre people who have got classical theatrical education and working at Moscow leading academic theatres.

We introduce a 'classic of the 21th century' as an avangardistic interpretation of a hyper-realistic contemporary drama.

Programme of permances::


  • 8 june in the Mayakovskaya theatre


  • 14 june at institute WALCO, Paris
  • 16 and 17 june in the theatre CARROSSERIE-MESNIER in the city SANT-AMAND-MOROND.


It is known, that in the New Testament, the term "kayros" determines the Eves of Great Accomplishments, when, even the opponents of God's Will executes Prophetic Rights of Disclosing the Infinite Truth and Beauty of the Ecumenical God. Already in the Old Testament, the God "beastly - savagely" "tortures" the Job human by "only belief", and the dispirited Job finds itself "only in belief" and the reconciliation with the Divine World is bestowed to him. The dispirited Periods and People of Russia of our century, up to the last stage of collapse of human being i.e. "tchikatilism" is nothing else than the last most terrible "torture of the God", "testing of the God" of spiritual durability of his human resemblance. In "The calvary of Tchikatilo", in the form of a Theatre-Temple, an attempt of recreating the transcendent contents has been carries out, both as "Totures-tests of the God", and "Catharsis absolution of outlet" from this hellhole in cosmic Kayros of disclosing of Substantial Truth, when the most disastrous truth becomes terribly curative being the most paradoxical. And as a matter of fact, the "only Belief" remains with the Human being.



"The calvary of Tchikatilo" is a vigorous name overcoming the darkness. The whole phenomenon of this Volokhov's play is that, she by all its figurative formation fights with the Evil in reality, but not with words. The play is practically written on the basis of the facts of excessively frightful true materials. But its artistic, philosophical, figurative level of Laughter of Agony overcomes this material, which is practically intractable for art. My decoration and costumes design for the play "The calvary of Tchikatilo" - the form of "museum-spectacle", exhibiting the collection of "ancient picturesque rolls" with the events of the apocalypse from the Theologian John's Revelations, with huge sculptures of the Angels-avenger made from wood with use of fragments of architectural details of ancient iconostases, is selected by me to emphasize the basic philosophical idea of Volokhov's play and our play and in particular: Mankind knows everything, stores everything, but unfortunately he does not becomes better.



"The Game of blind man's buff" is a tragicomic history of modern Russian, and also of western Hamlet. The Hamlet's flute occurred in my play not accidentally, but because of the famous Sobel has put the "The Game of blind man's buff" in Paris literally in Shakespearian epic coordinates. Moreover, he has managed 1.5 million dollars to put the "The Game of blind man's buff", also as a part of Russian classical trilogy: starting from Chekhov's "The Cherry garden" up to Babel's "Marie". "The calvary of Tchikatilo" is an upside-down history of Russia, as a history of "Richard-Stalin the third", choked in their own lust and blood. The Volokhov's avant-gardism is that he is not engaged in diagnosing surrounding evil compared to the other modern writers, but simply builds this our evil into structures of Global Fatality, having absorbed himself in the school of western theatre of absurdity, but for all that remaining as a profound Russian classical writer.



When Andrew Zhitinkin offered me to play Tchikatilo in the play of Michael Volokhov's "The calvary of Tchikatilo", at first I was taken aback - is it possible that I am similar to Tchikatilo? But nevertheless, I have decided to read this play before to give the final answer. I laughed and I cried, when read it. Tchikatilo is a philosophical experimental character; especially because Zhitinkin has offered to make him modern Richard III. But most of all, what amazed me in this play is that, it is written by Volokhov in Paris, in 1996 having analyzing the Dostoyevskiy style mentality of Russian Person of the beginning of XXI century.



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