Mystery of Spirit
Classic antique story about the internal struggle of Phaedra and her fatal passion towards her stepson Hippolitus is retold by the poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Roman Viktyuk’s Phaedra is not about the people. The director brings us back to the ritual theater, deliberately creating a sacred spiritual space on stage. It is not the plot of the poem but the passion, the emotions and the energies embedded in Tsvetaeva’s text that interest Viktyuk and his actors the most.
One can take part in this ritual only by accepting his animalistic and divine nature as it was before the humanization of the gods in Hellas (“animalistic” in this case means the most honest and present). Director Roman Viktyuk constantly searches for primordial divinity and pre-human nature in the characters of his productions. In this case he does it with the help of Marina Tsvetaeva, whom Roman Viktyuk calls the first and the only great poet.
Cast and Characters
Face of Phaedra – her mask
Hon. Artist of the Russian Federation
Reaching after perfection in motion, and in this sense, certainly, being the successor of Tairov’s theatrical ideas, Viktyuk builds the performance as a series of spectacular still images. This show about life and death, about love that leads to death, for both Tsvetaeva, and Viktyuk, is a show about the challenge of the Gods. Viktyuk emphasizes this idea by including a quote from Tsvetaeva’s diary: Tsvetaeva, at last, too, defied the God when she put her head in a noose.Phaedra by Viktyuk is a tragedy of rebel against the Gods and , naturally, human powerlessness in this fight. Poetry, as well as life, is opposed to silence, Viktyuk in his performance achieves perfection in control over the human body, and the verse, and the silence on stage.
Grigoriy Zaslavskiy «Independent Newspaper»