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Screening and discussion

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Vladimir Rannev’s opera is based on two texts, Yury Mamleev’s “The Bridegroom” and fragments of Anton Chekhov’s “The Steppe.” The former, an example of “cruel” prose in the literature of Russian realism, is presented visually. The latter, meditative and virtually event-free, is presented in vocal form.

Written in the early 2000s, Mamleev’s story is simultaneously the hyper-realistic and phantasmagorical exploration of an incident that occurs in a common Russian family. After losing their seven-year-old daughter in an automobile accident, the Kondratovs are torn out of their customary comfortable life and are bound to learn to live anew. They see their salvation in the “adoption” of Vanya Gadov, the individual who involuntarily caused the death of their daughter. Full of fear as he enters the family of his victim, this unthinking truck driver, an orphan, turns into a tyrant. The boy Yegorushka, the hero of Chekhov’s “The Steppe,” is traveling to be raised by distant relatives. Nature around him begins to resemble his mother, from whom he is now torn, while the new world awaiting him is unclear and terrifying. Yegorushka must find a way to live in this world, perhaps even to be successful in it – that is, essentially, to transform into Mamleev’s Vanya. We see before us a single person, captured at different moments in his life, before and after entering the world of human relationships.

The tension between the two types of texts, vehement and contemplative, is revealed through the counterpoint of the visual and the vocal. At the same time, they are closely connected in a meaningful way – the point is the complex nature of relationships in modern society.

Director and composer: Vladimir Rannev

Design and costumes: Marina Alexeeva

Lighting design: Sergei Vasiliev

Musical director: Arina Zvereva 

Assistant directors: Alexandra Taran, Alexander Belousov, Tatyana Khvorostyanaya 

Marketing director: Varvara Pushkarskaya

Duration: 1 hour 20 min

Curated by Selena Valyavkina 

Selena Valyavkina is a film curator and a psychologist from St Petersburg, Russia. She has been programming, lecturing, and interpreting for international film festivals for nearly two decades. She is particularly interested in mixed-genre where the author's vision is shown in an offbeat way. Currently, she combines her experience in the film industry with a career in psychology. She uses film as a projective tool in personal and group therapy to help clients reflect on their life.

May 16, 2021, 2pm EST

@11am San-Francisco @ 7pm London @ 9pm Kyiv @ 9pm Moscow

Fridman Gallery

169 Bowery, New York

NY 10002

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The premiere took place on 20 November 2017.

Golden Mask Winners 2019: best composer — Vladimir Rannev (Prose, Stanislavsky Electrotheatre)
Golden Mask Winners 2019: Musical theatre/best light designer — Sergei Vasiliev (Prose, Stanislavsky Electrotheatre)
Participated in the Russian Case of the Golden Mask Festival, 2019
Winner of the Casta Diva, 2018
Moskovsky Komsomolets theatre prize winner, 2018
Association of Musical Critics award, 2018



The play screening w/ English subtitles and Q&A in Russian with


Vladimir Rannev

composer and director


Marina Alekseeva,

visual and costume designer

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Olga Rossini,

soliste at N'Caged band


Selena Valyavkina,

curator and psychologist


Anna Zinenko,

founder of Locus29

The original film screening w/ English subtitles and Q&A in Russian with

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