Comedy of masks
The Venetian is a fascinating blend of theatrical style and philosophy. Igor Nevedrov, the director, dedicated his work to the greats
The Venetian is a fascinating blend of theatrical style and philosophy. Igor Nevedrov, the director, dedicated his work to the greats of the Russian 20th c. avant-garde: theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold, artist Casimir Malevich and architect Konstantin Melnikov. This performance is also a tribute to the notion of revolution, with all its high hopes and dangers.
Nevedrov’s work builds on unique artists and teachers who, despite all circumstances, believed in their theatrical truth and the inherent need for evolving and revolutionising art and with it, the society. We are presented with state-of-the-art commedia dell’arte acting, avant-garde philosophy and ideas that have remained relevant up until today: the relationship between artist and establishment, the desperate need for innovating quintessential of the young generation, and the danger of control.
In The Venetian, the confrontation between students and the teacher proves that both sides have their own truth. In the end, through their opposition and with the obvious context of political terror, we understand that the teacher must go, move on. However, his ideas will live on through his disciples and their future work.
The Venetian is a story of the beginning of non-realistic, synthetic theatre and the universal power of masks. It’s a story about great artists ascending into eternity.