Tuesday, July 17, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): What takes awhile

to achieve focus on the page is immediately clear on stage thanks to the set designed by Alexandra Dashevskaya, Valentina Ostankovich and Filipp Vinogradov. Even before anything happens, the grungy white walls of what looks like an old church house close in on figures seated in a wheel chair and on old-fashioned cots. Upon closer inspection, it turns out they are catatonic--motionless, expressionless, even breathless. In fact, they are life-size puppets. A ballet, perhaps "Swan Lake," pointlessly runs on a television set placed high on the back wall.

from The Moscow Times: Brodsky's Potent Asylum-Inspired Poem Staged


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