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Aleksander Ivanovič Vvedenski

Christmas at the Ivanovs’

Original title: Ёлка у Ивановых

First Slovene Production

Director

Oliver Frljić

Opening night

18 January 2013
Small Stage

Duration:

85 minutes

Vvedensky’s Christmas at the Ivanovs’ was written in 1938, at the time when the war waged in the Soviet press against the ‘formalists’ and ‘decadents’ was at its height. The play’s setting is not the Leningrad of the early Soviet period, but a bourgeois household in the Russia of the 1880s.The story is split into nine scenes or tableaux, which together follow the fate of a family whose name is Puzyrev (and not, as the title of the play might suggest, Ivanov) one Christmas eve. The action begins with the seven Puzyrev children (aged between one and eighty-two) being given a bath by their nanny and eagerly discussing the forthcoming festivities. One of the girls, the thirty-two-year-old Sonya, begins to indulge in sexual innuendo, which offends her nanny so much that she promptly decapitates the ‘child’. By and large Christmas at the Ivanovs’ has been discussed either as a parody of a classics of Russian literature, or as a forerunner of the Western Theatre of the Absurd. For by defamiliarizing the word, the text, and the world, Vvedensky’s play underlines the fact that dramatic text, like any utterance, is ‘co-created’ by the addressee towards whom it is oriented, however much it might try to pass itself off as an objective ‘picture’ of reality.
(Graham Roberts)

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Drago Bajt

Drama Igralec: Drago Bajt | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER AND AUTHOR OF MUSIC SELECTION

Oliver Frljić

Drama Igralec: Oliver Frljić | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Eva Kraševec

Drama Igralec: Eva Kraševec | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Sandra Dekanić

Drama Igralec: Sandra Dekanić | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Milan Podlogar

Drama Igralec: Milan Podlogar | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DRAMATURG

Nataša Berce

Drama Igralec: Nataša Berce | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT SET DESIGNER

Adriana Furlan

Drama Igralec: Adriana Furlan | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Iva BabićDrama Igralec: Iva Babić | odpri igralca

Volodya Komarov, Woodcutter, Constable, Doctor, Maid, Puzyrov, the father, Judge

Barbara CerarDrama Igralec: Barbara Cerar | odpri igralca

Petya Perov, Woodcutter, Lion, Clerk, Doctor, Maid, Judge

Silva ČušinDrama Igralec: Silva Čušin | odpri igralca

Nanny, Fyodor, Sonya Ostrova, Vera, the dog

Maša DergancDrama Igralec: Maša Derganc | odpri igralca

Sonya Ostrova, Woodcutter, Puzyrova, the mother, Constable, Doctor, Maid, Woolf, Judge

Petra GovcDrama Igralec: Petra Govc | odpri igralca

Varya Petrova, Policeman, Woodcutter, Constable, Doctor, Maid, Judge

Nina IvanišinDrama Igralec: Nina Ivanišin | odpri igralca

Nina Serova, Attendant, Woodcutter, Constable, Doctor, Maid, Piglet, Judge

Sabina KogovšekDrama Igralec: Sabina Kogovšek | odpri igralca

Dunya Shustrova, Woodcutter, Clerk, Doctor, Maid, Giraffe, Judge

Maja SeverDrama Igralec: Maja Sever | odpri igralca

Misha Pestrov, Policeman, Woodcutter, Police chief, Maid, Judge

Nina ValičDrama Igralec: Nina Valič | odpri igralca

Petya Perov, Woodcutter, Clerk, Constable, Doctor, Maid, Judge

Tina VrbnjakDrama Igralec: Tina Vrbnjak | odpri igralca

Petya Perov, Attendant, Woodcutter, Clerk, Doctor, Maid, Judge

Barbara ŽefranDrama Igralec: Barbara Žefran | odpri igralca

Woodcutter, Constable, Doctor, Maid, Narrator, Judge

Awards

2013

Nina IvanišinSlovenian Association of Dramatic Artists’ Award

Festivals

2013

20th International Small Scene Theatre Festival Rijeka, Croatia

48th Maribor Theatre Festival

37th Days of Satire, Zagreb, Croatia

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