Roman Viktyuk’s 2017 new production is the best tragedy of 17th century British playwright John Ford – a less famous but no less great contemporary of William Shakespeare. The director preferred to change the original title of the play Tis Pity she’s a Whore, since to him the concept of the sanctity of love is key to this play. According to Viktyuk, people capable of feeling the purest kind of love are those who have kept the innocence of children in their souls. Therefore, he chose Wings from the Ashes to headline the new production.
The play tells a story of an illicit love and, eventually, death of Giovanni and Annabella, brother and sister. Roman Viktyuk portrays them as holy children confused in a dream of sublime feelings, shaming and purification through suffering. He, thus, clearly sides with the feeling of love rather than the more forbidding romantic relations between relatives.
Viktyuk sites a number of artists as his sources of inspiration, including Aleksandra Ekster, one of the founders of the Art Deco school, director and playwright Antonin Artaud, and minimalist composer John Cage. With a particular use of music, colour and lighting, Roman Viktyuk revived the theatre space into a sort of neo-avant-garde expression of style and thought.