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Terrorism

by Presniakov Brothers

Terrorism

by Presniakov Brothers

Translation: Mașa Dinescu
Director:
Felix Alexa
Sets:
Andrada Chiriac
Soundtrack:
Felix Alexa
Lighting design:
Felix Alexa
Video concept:
Neil Coltofeanu
Technical Director:
Laurențiu Andronescu, Cristian Paraschivescu

Premiere: 15.05.2015

Duration: 1 h 30 min / Pause: No

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The show is not recommended for children under the age of 14.

Just as Ilf and Petrov, Oleg and Vladimir Presnyakov have also worked in tandem. The signature under which the Presnyakov Brothers publish has quickly become a ‛label’ of the Russian theatre. The play Terrorism brought them international fame and the honour to be the most performed playwrights after Anton Chekhov.

With Terrorism, the director Felix Alexa works with a type ofplay that is directly linked to what is happening in real life. We came up with the idea to stage this play at NTB a few days after the attack of Charlie Hebdo magazine, in Paris.

“Why is it that we are suddenly uncontrollable?” wonders one of the main characters of this play. You can find out the answer in a modern play, built on some life stories that are connected to each other. Terrorism – is a performance with a circular structure, as if it were a folk dance of terror, which has bound sardonic humour with irony, fear and the absurdity of life. An apocalyptic farce about the failure of today`s society.    

“The play demonstrates that you don`t necessarily need corpses to feel, somewhere deep in your heart, that your life is slowly fading away under the terror of your own daily routine, while still having the illusion of happiness…,” Felix Alexa believes.

 

Translated by Ana-Maria Albu

MTTLC, University of Bucharest

 

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“A play with such a title has a powerful resonance at the present moment”, stated Michael Billington in The Guardian newspaper. “But the extraordinary thing is how this leaked play of the Presnyakov Brothers extends the definition of ‛terrorism’ in order to include the entire Russian modern lifestyle.”

“This shrewd, scary comedy, (...), suggests that it is impossible to live in the contemporary world without becoming a potential weapon of mass destruction. The characters assembled for the Presynakovs' daisy chain of vignettes, set in a Russian metropolis, pass on restless, violence-breeding disaffection as if it were an unavoidably contagious flu. Or perhaps a venereal infection, since it is definitely a social disease that is put under the microscope here. The Siberian-born Vladimir and Oleg Presnyakov, who are indeed brothers, have fashioned an unsettling latter-day variation on "La Ronde," Arthur Schnitzler's circular play of lives linked by fleeting sexual encounters.” (Ben Brantley, New York Times, 2005)

Terrorism is the best known and most widely performed play of the Presnyakov Brothers:

- It premiered at the “Chekov” Art Theatre in Moscow, in 2002, and won the theatre’s annual competition for Best play. It was also awarded a prize from the Russian Ministry of Culture.

- The Royal Court Theatre in London enacted the play in 2003, where it became a critical and public success.

- It was staged in many European countries (Germany, Sweden, Poland, Norway, Spain, Ireland, Estonia), and also in Australia, Chile, Brazil and Taiwan.

- It was put on stages in America (in New York, off – Broadway, as well as in Washington). Also, it was presented in Toronto, Canada.

About the Presnyakov Brothers

Playwrights, screenwriters, writers, producers and theatre directors, Oleg and Vladimir Presnyakov were born in 1969 and 1974, in Yekaterinburg, a town in the Ural federal district, Siberia. Sons of an Iranian mother and a Russian father, the brothers attended “Maxim Gorki” State University in Ural, specializing in literary theory. Together, they founded a studio within the university, “The Youth Theatre”, dedicated to staging experimental performances.

Oleg and Vladimir write in tandem: all their plays are staged and published under the joint name, the Presnyakov Brothers. Esteemed in Russia for their natural language, for the dialogues that seem to be taken “out of the street”, their clever, sardonic writing, the Presnyakov Brothers examine, with bitterness and humor, the life and culture of post-soviet Russia. The two of them have won their international notoriety due to the plays Terrorism, Playing the victim, Pub, Resurrection: Super. The Presnyakov Brothers are the most played Russian playwrights after Chekov.

“Since their first performance in Moscow, the Presnyakov Brothers have become something of a trademark”, wrote the English-language paper The Moscow Times.

About Felix Alexa           

He made his first appearance in 1991, staging Bernard Marie Koltès’ play, Quay West, rapidly becoming one of the leading spokesmen of the new generation of Romanian directors.

He was the assistant director to Peter Brooks’ production of Impressions de Pelléas by Claude Debussy, at Bouffes du Nord in Paris, in 1992, alongside Krzysztof Warlikovski.

He has been teaching since 1993 in the Theatre Directing Department of the UNATC, where he is a lecturer.

He conducted international workshops at the Conservatory of Paris, and Theatre Universitie from Sydney, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, New Delhi.

He staged more than 40 shows for the most important Romanian theatres, and also, recently, William Shakespeare’s Richard II for the National Theatre Company of Korea – Seoul .

He received numerous awards and distinctions:

- The Critics’ Award for First Work – Quay West, Bernard Marie Koltès, Casandra Studio

- The Critics’ Award, UNITER Gala – Krechinsky's Wedding, Suhovo Kobîlin, The “I.L.Caragiale"National Theatre of Bucharest

- Best Comedy Show Award, The Galaţi Comedy Festival –Krechinsky's Wedding

- UNITER Awards nomination for Best Director – Krechinsky's Wedding

- Awards for Best Show and Best Director , The Contemporary Theatre Festival, Braşov – Filumena Marturano by Eduardo de Filippo, „Sică Alexandrescu" Theatre, Braşov

- The Ministry of Culture’s Award for Best Director – The Game of Love and Chance by Marivaux, The “I.L.Caragiale"National Theatre of Bucharest

- Best Show Award, The Galaţi Comedy Festival –The Game of Love and Chance

- The IATC Critics’ Award for Best Show during “The Caragiale Year” – O noapte furtunoasă by I.L.Caragiale, The “I.L.Caragiale"National Theatre of Bucharest

- The Ministry of Culture’s Award for Best Show – A midsummer night’s dream by William Shakespeare, The “I.L.Caragiale"National Theatre of Bucharest

- Best Show Award, The National Festival of Contemporary Theatre in Braşov – King’s Game by Pavel Kohout, The State Jewish Theatre

Distinctions: Knight of “the Cultural Merit” Order

 

Translated by Ana-Maria Albu

MTTLC, University of Bucharest

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