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Friday, 28 October 2016


Robert Sturua to bring “Tempest” to Moscow

2010-09-24 19:36

8021.jpegStage directors communicate with viewers through their plays. Robert Sturua chose W. Shakespeare's Tempest for a dialogue with the Russian audience. The play features a revenge-obsessed man acquiring magical knowledge. He prepares for an act of retaliation and abandons it in the end suddenly realizing there is no point in punishing impenitent sinners. The play will run in Et Cetera Theater for three days only - on September 25, 26 and 28. A press performance attended by GeorgiaTimes correspondent was a preamble to the play.


A white, almost empty room with sinks at the walls is the minimalist scene Shakespeare's play will unfold in. Emptiness is filled with sea landscapes, mysterious color illumination, shadows of hanged dolls.

"The Tempest" is one of Shakespeare's last works. The last scene with Prospero renouncing magic and retiring is perceived as the playwright's good-bye to the world of theater. The man who took revenge for the offence he had suffered as Hamlet is rising to a new moral height and forgives his foes.

Prospero was expulsed as a result of his brother's intrigues. He spent 12 years on a desert island where he learned magic and ghost practices. Now it's easy for him to punish his offenders. But when the retribution hour gets closer he forsakes his plan realizing that revenge won't change anything and won't make sinners any better.

Actors in Sturua's play have little in common with 16th century Englishmen, neither do they look like contemporary Russians. They live in a fairy tale, the other world of magic. Still, they penetrate our minds and stay there with their agonies, desires and revelations. "You are sinful", - the black spirit of death rules out a verdict. "Treason shall not be forgiven", - announces Prospero, the protagonist interpreted by Alexander Kalyagin, the founder of the theater in tandem with other honored artists like Natalia Blagikh, Vyacheslav Zakharov, Vladimir Skvortsov playing other parts.

It's been a long time since Robert Sturua staged anything in Russia. Appearance of this play is greatly due to the support of the Union of Georgians headed by Mikhail Hubutia. The premiere was scheduled for May as part of the Cherry Wood festival. But the staging took much more time. As the director jokes - he deserves a "Man of the Year" title in ET CETERA for his long months of work at The Tempest.

- Everything turned much more complicated than we had thought. The process was torturous, and we don't know what the result will be. Maybe, another torture. - Robert Sturua remarked. He promised to write about obstacles in his memoirs.

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