A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (AS YOU LIKE IT). from Perth Festival press-release

2014, Perth Festival

A Chekhov International Theatre Festival & Dmitry Krymov’s Laboratory School of Dramatic Art Production

From Russia comes the world premiere of Dmitry Krymov’s unique version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His productions are renowned internationally for their innovative staging and breathtaking visuals, costumes and sets, making him one of the most original theatre directors working in Russia today.
Amongst the sawdust and chaos of a theatre that isn’t ready yet, the mechanicals are rehearsing to perform in front of a specially-invited audience that includes members of Britain’s ‘theatrical royalty’. There are songs to rehearse, acrobatics to master and lines to learn, but with their big performance looming they are starting to get nervous.
And they haven’t even begun to train their acrobatic dog... Dmitry Krymov said of this project: “We are not using Shakespeare’s original text.
This is not a translation of the play. It is more about the themes of Shakespeare’s plays, and we tell the story with our own words. The play is called A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It). So we’re playing with the names of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s like, for example, putting on and billing a play as Hamlet but making the story more like Othello. I want people to leave the theatre wondering which of Shakespeare’s plays they have actually seen. I like to blur the boundaries of his work.”
On the cast and creative he continues: “The designer is one of my former students, Vera Martynova. The acting team is a mix of actors from our laboratory and a group of specially invited actrobats, animal trainers and clowns. A new member of the cast is the singer Alex Kokhanov. He has an amazing voice. The other star in the cast apart from Valery Garkalin is Liya Akhedzhakova. Some members of the technical
crew will also appear on stage and perform their parts. Generally, in this production, everyone will play several roles.”
World Shakespeare Festival Director Deborah Shaw said “The Festival commissioned contemporary theatre artists from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of theatre, taking Shakespeare as their inspiration. Krymov's work is devised with his company, in a series of striking, poetic visual metaphors which are constructed and deconstructed in front of our eyes. They are dream-like, phantasmagorical spectacles; the workings of the brilliant imagination of this visual artist and theatre designer turned director.”
Joining Krymov on the creative team are: Vera Martynova (set and costume design),
Kuzma Bodrov (composer), Viktor Platonov (puppets), Ivan Vinogradov (lighting design), and Andrey Zachesov (sound design).
The performers are: Liya Akhedzhakova, Ivan Barakin, Pavel Balbukh, Vadim Dubrovin, Valery Garkalin, Natalia Gorchakova, Maria Gulik, Valery Guryanov, Andrey Loshkin, Sergey Melkonyan, Sergey Nazarov, Boris Opletaev, Anna Sinyakina, Anton Telkov, Mikail Umanets, Anatoly Sushtov, and Vladimir Shustov, plus of course Venya the Jack Russell Terrier. 
About Dmitry Krymov
Born in 1954, he has directed and designed various productions in Moscow which have established him as one of the most original directorial voices of his generation. Krymov and his 'laboratory' present visually stunning, symbolic productions where every moment is original, hugely inventive and surprising. In Moscow, his performances are packed full of audience members hugely anticipating his next vision, waiting to be surprised and entertained. Having designed over a hundred productions in Moscow throughout the '80s and '90s, Krymov fuses art, prose, poetry and popular culture to reimagine, with the help of his company, famous stories through a world of expressive and striking design. In his productions, the design goes on a journey in the same way that the characters do. Set changes, buildings are created and images transformed. The actors often work with scene and props in the performance and construct objects before the audiences's eyes.
Perth Festival 7.02.2014



Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. John Nathan

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