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Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Eternal Russia by Marina Davydova & Vera Martynov
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Eternal Russia by Marina Davydova & Vera Martynov
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Eternal Russia by Marina Davydova & Vera Martynov
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Eternal Russia by Marina Davydova & Vera Martynov
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Eternal Russia by Marina Davydova & Vera Martynov
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Eternal Russia by Marina Davydova & Vera Martynov
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
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Marina Davydova & Vera Martynov

Eternal Russia

After the successful premiere of "Eternal Russia" as part of last year’s "Utopian Realities– 100 Years of Now with AlexandraKollontai" HAU Hebbel am Ufer is once again presenting this commissioned work and HAU production. The performative installation casts a glance back at several centuries of Russian history. The curator and critic Marina Davydova, together with the stage designer and artist Vera Martynov and the composer Vladimir Rannev, developed a performative, installation-like parcours, which will spatially make accessible the connection between Russian history and the present. The project presents the very short but bright interlude of the political, artistic and sexual awakening after the revolution of 1917. Why could these ideas not be implemented in the long run? "Eternal Russia" ranges over four different interconnected rooms. An installation follows a film, a silent film follows a lecture, unique documentary material is presented alongside images and music. An image arises of the great Russian utopia. The work pursues the fatal transformation of Soviet socialism. Just ten years after the revolution it ended in a totalitarian dictatorship, skillfully hiding behind communist slogans. In the end it is about one hundred years of longing for the pre-revolutionary Russian Empire.   
Past dates
January 2017, March 2018
Russian with German and English translation
approx. 100 Min.
Concept / text / director
Marina Davydova
Set design / video
Vera Martynov
Music
Vladimir Rannev
Actor film “Utopia 1“ & voice “Utopia 2“
Sergey Chonishvili
Performers film “Utopia 3“
Tina Benko, Valery Borisova, Konstantin Bogomolov, Konstantin Chelkaev, Sergey Epishev, Monica Gentile, Marcela Giesche, Alexey Kokhanov, Sonya Levin, Anna Nebo, Gleb Puskepalis, Serapfima Skorodelova, Andrey Stadnikov, Alexandra Ursuliak, Pavel Vashilin
Camera film “Utopia 3“
Alexey Shemyatovsky, Veniamin Illyasov
Light design
Marc Zeuske
Assistance set design
Barbara Lenartz
Special effects puppet
Sebastian Arnd
Costumes puppets
Carlotta Dering
Translation German
Isolde Schmitt
Translation English
Anna Galt
Surtitles & subtitles
Yvonne Griesel
Technical implementation of surtitles & subtitles
Kristian Kamph (PANTHEA)
Artistic advice
Annemie Vanackere, Sarah Reimann (assistance)
Technical direction (Creation)
Maria Kusche, Roman Fliegel
Production management
Hannes Frey, Anna Krauß (assistance)
With thanks to
Moscow Art Theatre (Olga Khenkina, Maria Malkina), Russian State Art Library, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe Foundation.
Technical direction (re-run)
Lichtblick Bühnentechnik GmbH, Stephan Kriegleder
Rerun 14th March 2018
A commission and production by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Co-production: Theatre of Nations (Moscow). Supported by: Club 418 (Moscow).

Created in the frame of "Utopian Realities", a co-production of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt as part of "100 Years of Now", curated by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.