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The production Kafka directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, based on the biographical play of Franz Kafka by Valery Pecheikin, is spreaded on a large-scale phantasmagoric canvas, a physically tangible voyage to the planet of the author Kafka. His life, creativity, time, the romance that had never happened at all, strange encounters, and all the delusions and revelations of a modest insurance clerk are brought to the stage, creating a harmonious symphony.
** Most works by Franz Kafka (1883-1924) were published after his death. Known as a genius of fear and absurdity, a seer and a literary master, Kafka is one of the most influential writers today. For Kafka who was an ordinary employee at an insurance company, writing was a secret activity he engaged in with all his enthusiasm. In his will, Kafka instructed his friend Max Brod (1884~1968) to burn and destroy all his works but Brod, who had known their value, ignored these instructions; he preserved and published all his manuscripts including his posthumous works, diaries and letters. Consequently, Kafka came to be remembered as a great writer in the history of modern literature.
“The most difficult thing was to search and reproduce the absurdity of Kafka’s works. Since Kafka’s absurdity has a tough and persuasive logic, it was my task not to be confused it with delirium. It seems that we are living in a world where the absurdity is the measure of everything, and can only repeat behind Kafka, as “I would like to bring peace, purity, truth and stability” to the world.“- Valery Pecheikin, the author of Kafka
Gogol Center’s Kafka was created with the anecdotes from Kafka’s work in addition to the playwright’s imagination. Today, Kafka is one of the great seers who had an insight into the madness of the 20th century and his name became a symbol of absurdity of a certain form.
Since the foundation of Gogol Center in August 2012, he has served this center’s artistic director. He won the Benois de la Danse (also known as the Oscars of dance) with the work Nureyev which he had dramatized and directed in 2018.
In addition, he was awarded Stanislavski Award in 2005, and his film Playing the Victim was a Grand Prize Winner at International Rome Film Festival. In 2018, he won the honor of Commandeur of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Artistic Director ｜ Кирилл Серебренников
Dramatist ｜ Валерий Печейкин
Choreography ｜ Евгений Кулагин
Music Director ｜ Андрей Поляков
Video Art ｜ Илья Шагалов
Costume Design ｜ Кирилл Серебренников, Полина Гречко
Lighting Design ｜ Оскарс Паулиньш
Stage Director ｜ Ольга Павлюк
Electronic Music｜ Дмитрий Гарин
Executive Producer ｜ Екатерина Исакова
Associate Producer ｜ Екатерина Костюкова
Technical Director ｜ Илья Рейзман
Sound Director ｜ Антон Фешин
Sound Technician ｜ Федор Гришин
Video Engineer ｜ Алан Мандельштам, Михаил Мясников
Lighting Technician ｜ Лена Перельман, Сергей Кучер
Makeup Artist ｜ Елизавета Шмидт, Майя Лесниченко
Costume Staff ｜ Анна Ванчугина, Жанна Анашкина
Executive Prop Design ｜ Владимир Шаблонов
Props Staff ｜ Валерия Митина, Вероника Сергеева
Tap Dance Choreography and Direction ｜ Алик Абдуллаев
Saw Playing Direction｜ Светлана Медведева
Electronic machine technician ｜ Александр Корчагин, Игорь Абрамкин, Александр Щекочихин
출연 Cast ｜ Семён Штейнберг, Один Байрон, Игорь Гореликов, Илья Ромашко, Олег Гущин, Ирина Выборнова, Рита Крон, Ирина Брагина, Юлия Лобода, Никита Кукушкин, Светлана Мамрешева, Антон Васильев, Сергей Галахов, Евгений Сангаджиев, Дмитрий Жук, Андрей Поляков, Сергей Галахов, Игорь Гореликов, Серафим
Name after the Russian playwright Nikolai Gogol, Gogol Center was founded in 2012 in the former location of the Moscow Drama Theatre. In February 2013, it was reopened with its new name of Gogol Center. As one of the remarkable Russian contemporary production theater, Gogol Center not only stages plays, contemporary music, art works and dances, but it also runs education and discussion programs. In addition, the Center also reflects social issues through innovative experiments based on classical texts and develops diverse theatrical languages by means of various musical effects.