Ostrovskyi. Thunderstorm. Opus. Posth - "Today the THEATRE where Ostrovsky used to be earnestly performed, evoking compassion and spiritual experiences in the audience, is DEAD. Ostrovsky exists but there is no theatre! Hence the titel OPUS POSTH, referring to unknown times of change, to a NEW TIME, to space for a new theatre and maybe to a new way of life. Our 'creation', OSTROVSKYI. THUNDERSTORM. OPUS. POSTH - is an attempt to research FREEDOM in its tragic dialectics. Hence, if FREEDOM is an unnatural state for mankind, then FREEDOM is always a new spritual birth, an opening. And that's what our work is about. OPUS is Latin for work, labour, creating. What we try to do is to turn back to the sources and to start to 'work', reconstituting, drop by drop, our old forgotten senses. We try to hear and to PERFORM in our own way this Russian classic."
(by Victor Ryžkov)
Like a circus clown, the director continually adds new tricks, and like an experienced juggler he plays with the whole arsenal of theatre media with a fascinating certainty. It is not his intention to try and create a realistic atmosphere, indeed he distances himself from the original environment of the 19th century play. He generalises, undoes and broadens the interpretational borders. At the same time, he very openly and successfully makes use of all the possibilities that the play provides him with on stage - he creates playful forms with space, in which the actors are led by the experienced hand of the choreographer (...) A strong artistic foundation and colourful, often surprising directorial tricks enrich the play without causing it to lose its dramatic arch, in spite even of the repeated verbal fractures and extempore; the scenes thus fit together perfectly and flow smoothly. All in all, Ryžkov's professionality and indisputed talent in combination with the company's solid and highly satisfactory performance meant the Debrecin public's expectations were abundantly met.
(by Vida Virág, www. kultura.hu)
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