Who Is Happy In Russia? is a profound question that is no less provocative now in Putin’s Russia than it was at the time of Nikolai Nekrasov, a national literary hero and the moral authority of Russian realism. This elementary question is the title of Nekrasov’s socially critical epic poem (1863 – 1877) familiar to every schoolchild, that deals with the abolition of serfdom and in which the author explains that prosperity and happiness are not synonymous.
In a visually stunning, highly musical parable of drama, dance performance and live music, the internationally acclaimed director Kirill Serebrennikov, together with the exceptional Gogol Centre ensemble from Moscow, examines the individual’s striving for happiness, the longing for freedom and how issues in current times are dangerously distorted. In this third work, which is being shown by the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, Serebrennikov once again succeeds in creating a rare combination of exuberant sensuality and sharp social criticism.
Serebennikov, a symbolic figure of an urban art avant-garde critical of the regime, was on trial for alleged embezzlement of state funds in what was probably the most controversial artist trial in post-Soviet Russia and was under house arrest for 20 months.
"I haven’t seen anyone else looking this closely at Russia’s topics, characters and stories which are capable of illuminating the times we live in." (The Moscow Times)
Russian with German surtitles
Composers Ilya Demutsky, Denis Horov
Guest performance Gogol Center, Moscow – Russia
24 + 25 May 2019
Evgenya Afonskaya, Filipp Avdeev, Irina Bragina, Igor Bychkov, Evgenya Dobrovolskaya, Nikita Elenev, Ivan Fominov, Sergey Galakhov, Alexander Gorchilin, Evgeny Kharitonov, Rita Kron, Georgiy Kudrenko, Nikita Kukushkin, Svetlana Mamresheva, Maria Poezhaeva, Andrey Polyakov, Andrey Rebenkov, Timofey Rebenkov, Evgeny Sangadzhiev, Maria Selezneva, Ekaterina Steblina, Igor Sharoyko, Roman Shmakov, Semen Shteinberg, Irina Teplukhova, Mikhail Troynik, Dmitry Visotskiy, Dmitry Zhuk