R.A.A.A.M takes its 'Antigone' to Russia

Meyerhold Theater and Cultural Center in Moscow (Vladimir OKC/Wikimedia Commons)
12/18/2015 5:11 PM
Category: Culture

On December 20-21, “Antigone”, a play by R.A.A.A.M, will be staged at one of the most prestigious performance sites for guest theatres in Moscow, the Meyerhold Theater and Cultural Center. In spring, the play was also performed in St. Petersburg, where it earned a standing ovation from the audience.

R.A.A.A.M’s producer Märt Meos said the play has been staged abroad more often than in Estonia. It has been played at theatre festivals in Poland, China, Russia, and Iran. In March, the theater company put on a very successful performances at the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. “The topicality of this play has resulted in numerous invitations to perform abroad. The world has faced enormous changes over the past five years, while “Antigone” has also been on stage. Regimes have collapsed and there are wars taking place. Such collapses do not let this play grow old. The five-year-old theatrical nonsense has become an evil reality that is currently surrounding us,” Meos explained.

“Antigone” had its premiere on August 11, 2010.

In 2012, the play was staged 19 times at Iranshahr Theatre in Tehran. It was also the first foreign theatrical public guest appearance in Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

In February 2015, the play participated in the 29th international theatre festival in Tehran “Fadjr” (“Dawn”), where Elina Reinold won the festival’s Best Actress award for the role of the central character. “Antigone” was nominated for a total of five awards: the Best Actress (Elina Reinold and Külli Reinumägi), the Best Actor (Raimo Pass), the Best Director (Homayoun Ghanizadeh), and the Best Text (Homayoun Ghanizadeh). A total of 14 plays from 11 countries were included in the competition program.

The director of “Antigone” is currently one of the most outstanding directors in Iran, Homayun Ghanizadeh, who won the Best Director award at the biggest theatre festival in Iran in 2005. As a representative of ancient Persian culture, the director has chosen a Greek tragedy by Sophocles to serve as the source material. The meeting of Estonian traditions of acting and an Iranian director offers new ways for the heroes of ancient mythology and their choices to come to life here and now.

The play stars Andrus Vaarik (Tallinn City Theatre), Elina Reinold, Raimo Pass (Estonian Drama Theatre), Ago Anderson (Pärnu Endla), Ülle Lichtfeldt (Rakvere Theatre), and Külli Reinumägi.

M. Oll

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