The stage play reading of Andrey Platonov’s "The Hurdy Gurdy" is a specially created for the 4th festival edition co-production of Voronezh Youth Theatre and Platonov Arts Festival.
Speaking of "The Hurdy Gurdy" on the stage of the Youth Theatre, first of all we recall the eponymous performance of Valery Sarkisov staged in the 90s, with People's Artist of Russia Anatoly Abdulayev and Meritorious Artist of Russia Valery Blinov. Play reading staged by Kamil Tukaev will begin with a flashback visualising memories about that production on the screen.
The stage play reading can be called as a comic version of Platonov's play. The performance will be accompanied by the graphic novels, or comic books created by Voronezh graphic artist Natalia Konshina. The video content will include 20 of these novels - the most expressive fragments of the play. The well-known Voronezh artist and sculptor Sergey Gorshkov will create wooden stage props and wooden figures of the main characters. The play will be read by the actors of the Voronezh Youth Theatre.
Kamil Tukaev - actor and director, Meritorious Artist of Russia , is famous among Voronezh people not only for his roles in the Youth Theatre and the Chamber Theater, but also for the roles in films and serials: "Truth about Shchelps" (he was awarded the prize for the "Best Actor” on "Kinotavr" festival in June 2003), "Soldier's Decameron", "The red pearl of love", "The median strip", "Twice in the same river", "Miracle", "Photographer", "Run", "Dostoevsky". He admits that he has chosen "The Hurdy Gurdy" for staging, because he considers it as one of the best of Platonov's plays.
"My aim is to create a very sensitive play reading, we should respect author’s work. I would focus on the melodic sound and rhythmic structure of this original dramatic work. This is one of the best plays of Andrey Platonov in my opinion. And the main task is to convey Platonov's text to the listener, which is not too filled with any original director's interpretation. However according to our plan stage play reading requires a certain visualization and placement of music, decoration, visual and dress accents that will help to make it even more stagy and interesting".
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