On the Champs Elysees Vakhtangov gave a history lesson of the Holocaust

Paris, which is known to be worth a mass, these days has led a cultural life — fashion Week (street — who in that much, but with a predominance of bright colors on a coat “a La Cheburashka” and on their heads), the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci in the Louvre (Grand, not to fall), acts of the Russian auctioneer Peter Pavlensky (talk show, but without the aggression and screaming, as we do). Vakhtangov his tour only cemented the success that accompanied their performances here with two hits — “Eugene Onegin” and “Uncle Vanya” (each of the names has played six times). Russian actors then created a furor, and at the end of the tour Director, “Marigny” Jean-Luc Choplin offered to bring them some more play. And then there was a truly fabulous story.

— One day I rang, says the Director of the theatre Kirill KROK. — The caller introduced the businessman and immediately got down to business. “I saw your play “Our class”. I am shocked to tears, is the story of my family, too. It needs to see the world”. “Sounds good, — I thought, — but how it needs to see the world? What means to carry the performance, as he suggests, in London, Paris, tel Aviv?” And the man said he was ready to Finance all the trips of the show, which, sorry, there are no stars — only the young actors. But he has one condition: he does not want to hear his name. And he really paid all expenses for the trip, and now we’re playing in Paris three performances.

Photo: Mikhail Guterman.

What kind of “Our class”, which encourages wealthy people to make such Grand gestures in the direction of theatre arts? It really is amazing the strength and power of the play is about the Holocaust. The basis of her play “Our class. History in 14 lessons” by Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek, written in 2008 and awarded the main literary prize in Polandand “Nike”. A work dedicated to the hard lessons of history, ruthlessly primarily by the poles and the history of their relationship to the Jews during the Second world war. The piece sounded so strong and relevant that it began to actively set in different countries. The Moscow premiere took place in October 2016 at the New stage of the Vakhtangov. The Director of statement was made by Natalia Kovaleva, artist — Alexander Borovsky, music — Claudia Tarabrina, choreography by Irina Filippova. This work, despite the complexity of boosted threads, is in Moscow a success.

In Paris tickets Our class sold out long ago: not required promotional efforts, despite the lack of star names. At the Small hall of “Marigny”, which seats 290 seats, there are seven school boards, in front of them — ten students: three girls and seven boys — the poles and the Jews. Like all children, they are out of the national question: playing pranks, teasing. “And Risek in love with Dorcas,” he carved a heart and discreetly put in her portfolio. And Vladek was a coward, Jakub, when will grow, wants to do business, carefree Zoska said it would be a dressmaker, as Abraham suddenly tells the comrades that it is sent to study in America. A noisy game for a minute, freezes, and Abram certainly promises to write classmates, and writes with enviable regularity. But even in the worst nightmares he couldn’t imagine the time and adults will do with his favorite classmates.

die First national hero, Marshal Pilsudski (students ironically depict the funeral), Poland will enter the glorious Red Army (a comical parody of the poem about the horse), the name of Stalin, will say with pride, Poland will become a bargaining chip in international politics, the poles will be recruited into the KGB, and then the Germans will come… And imperceptibly, for some reason, of course classmates will be divided into poles and Jews, victims and executioners, and there will be terrible trials, and few can take it. And in years to comeet and the day of reckoning. “Tum Bala, tum Bala, tum balalaika…”

Photo: Mikhail Guterman.

Hard story holds the attention of the hall more than three hours. In the whirlwind of history, the fate of each of the ten classmates skipped through two acts, and ready portrait of a generation. Without illusions, without myths — hard and ruthless. Natalia Kovaleva (in the past worked as an actress in lyubimovskogo “Taganka” theater teacher) wonder exactly dismantled the piece, vividly told story of love and vengeance, focusing only on the actors and their play. To help artists only the school Board, on which they chalk something hastily write, cross out, erase with a wet cloth, just losers. Re-write, trying to correct the mistakes, and in fact to rewrite life. Like you want to derive a formula how to live, well, at least “four”. “But it turned out that I Ju-l my life,” says Hanek. “Why I lived I did not understand?” — at the end of life is recognized Rachelka where to save from death in the barn together with other Jews, the poles Vladek (the coward) got married.

what kind Of myths can you say when Slobodzianek used a real event: in July 1941 in German-occupied Poland, residents of the town of Jedwabne were herded into a barn and burned alive hundreds of their fellow villagers-Jews. Participants, how the executioners and their victims, were the heroes of the play, each of which has a real prototype. Them and play the young Vakhtangov actors, among which it is absolutely impossible for someone to allocate. Very strong team — Vladimir Logvinov, Yuri Polyak, Ksenia Kubasova, Polina Kuzminskaya, Pavel Popov, Maxim Savinovskiy, Daria Shcherbakova, Eldar Trams, Alex Himmelreich, Vladimir SOLEV. They are so immersed in the material, what it seems,and not play — so naturally exist in the emotional field of high voltage. And we can only congratulate the academic teatr, which has such an interesting young line-bright actor individualities.

long was Singing, the audience received the artists with enthusiasm. After the performance I witnessed, as already on the street to artist Maxim Savinovskogo Smoking at the service entrance, walked over excited woman. Said she is an American actress, lives in Paris. And several times repeated that it was “incredible and was “Eugene Onegin” and asked: “come Back!”

a week Our class goes to the festival in tel Aviv, and will continue to be London, Berlin and new York.

Photo: Mikhail Guterman.