A.I.Vvedensky was born in St. Petersburg, in 1904. His works are rooted in the Russian avantgarde. However, Vvedensky went further and became one of the founders and representatives of Russian absurd drama. He was a member of the OBERIU Group, founded in 1926. After the group was banned from working, he started to write nursery rhymes. In 1941, he was arrested for a second time, and died on the way to a concentration camp. His dramatic works have recently been discovered, including "Chrismas at the Ivanovs". The play's main character is time. The murder at the beginning of the play is a burlesque in which death joins with sex, and on the other hand, a grotesque paraphrase of Crime and Punishment.
"This is not the first time that Gothár has proved at a masterly level that theatre is not only speech, movement and scenery, but " Gesamtkunstwerk", in which all this elements have equal roles, and are connected to each other in a very sophisticated way. However, in this production of Vvedensky's absurd drama entitled "Chrismas at the Ivanovs" the visual aspect seems the most important. I am talking not anly of Gothár's masterly set, consisting of "Wunderkammers", but also of the fact of that Gothár is staging a play by an avantgarde playwright who started his career as a futurist poet, and died on his way to a detention camp, in a way that makes us feel that not only the text and the plot, but also the scenery, indeed the whole world, is absurd."
(by Zsófia Bán, www.kultura.hu)
"Gothár's performance shows us the clear contour between the naive experience of liberation and the terrible delusion of the revolutionary avantgarde; between its childish joy and the tragic aspect of getting rid of rationality."
(by László Zappe, Népszabadság)
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