“ If you follow the classic Shakespearean Hamlet, this is not the story. But if you are open to something new and exciting, then Hamlet Story is your performance. Firstly, you need to start watching with a mini movie - a movie about the play, this trailer in 2 minutes conveys the dynamics of the plot, which awaits you on the site. Secondly, the performance itself takes place in the cozy hall of the House of Music, which adds charm to the performance. Thirdly, be prepared to hear the works of Shakespeare himself, Joseph Brodsky, David Samoilov, Boris Ryzhiy, Bakhyt Kenzheev, Dmitry Prigov and Sergei Chonishvili. Fourthly, the exciting reading of both Sergeyev (Chonishvili and Shnyrev) and Alexei Kravchenko, recalls the forgotten entertainment - reading in the literary halls. I really love poetry, and immensely admired the voices of Hamlet performers. Yes, you heard right, in this story there were 3 Hamlets, or rather 4, I forgot about Alexei Aigi. Alexey Aigi is the music of the project, the leading violin and the powerful dynamics of the performance. Because the music in Hamlet Story is a separate tool for influencing mood, sensations, perception of verses and perceptions of Hamlets themselves. Because in this story, Hamlets are different in character, profession, appearance, but completely similar inside, with internal doubts, feelings and problems. I still cannot but note the visual picture of the play, yes, there is still multimedia in the play. This is partly a video about which I wrote above, partly well-chosen pictures. However, the picture is also part of the play, I would say, very significant. But this is not a separate picture or video clip, it is still the same indispensable part of the play as readers or musicians. In my opinion, the director of the production, Natalya Semenova, managed to show in a new way the timeless classic that does not lose the relevance of the problem - to find oneself in this world in modern realities. In general, I am still impressed by the actors, the musicians, the perfectly selected verses, the perfectly created music and the perfectly selected venue. Well, I met recently at the Commonwealth of Actors, Musicians and ... Theater, but I think it’s very timely and successful. And I am delighted from the beginning of the productions to their very last minutes and chords. Will I go yet? Definitely, I’ll go. Do I recommend a performance? Surely recommend.
“ Perhaps Hamlet is one of the most famous philosophical works that raise the theme of life and death. No wonder it enjoys such popularity - after all, Hamlet lives in each of us, we all at least once wondered why we live and what is the point in life. The creators of the play “Hamlet STORY” showed us three of these modern “Hamlets” - a businessman (Sergey Shnyrev), a showman (Sergey Chonishvili) and an intelligence officer (Alexey Kravchenko). All three men are already crossing the border of middle age and therefore they think a lot, a lot, “to be or not to be?”. The performance takes place in three dimensions: on stage, in music and cinema. The characters read the texts of William Shakespeare with almost modern poems by Joseph Brodsky, David Samoilov, Arseny Tarkovsky, Bakhyt Kenzheev and Boris Ryzhiy. In parallel, frames from their life are displayed on the screen. Explosions and complex military operations by Alexei Kravchenko. Office in Moscow City, secretary with a bunch of papers and an empty office of a successful businessman Sergei Shnyrev. And the backstage of the TV show host Sergei Chonishvili. Why does one rich and successful person imagine how he goes out the window and flies from the roof of a skyscraper, while another thinks if he should swallow pills in the toilet of the television studio? True, all this will remain only in their head, and the tablets will actually turn out to be “Delicious Help” marmalade, but for some reason similar thoughts arise? Of course, the Hamlets reflect on love. It can be different: mutual and not, happy or tragic, falling in love with beautiful Ophelia or a vulgar hostel neighbor. Women leave a mark in the lives of heroes, and also affect their lifestyle and thoughts. And, of course, the music of Aleksey Aigi and his ensemble “4'33” ”: it is a real“ framework ”, a frame for the performance. Either a quick and frantic play of violins, or lingering sounds of a saxophone - instruments create a mood and help to plunge even deeper into the thoughts of the characters No wonder Alexei Aigi is considered the fourth “Hamlet” here, he is also a full-fledged participant in the action. Finally, in the final, the heroes come up with yet another “Shakespearean” thought: the whole world is a theater, and the people in it are actors. I could not find q even on the Internet: “Everyone played because they lived, I lived - therefore I played.” A very deep and complex quote that I thought about all evening :) The play goes on without intermission, only 1 hour 40 minutes, which fly by in an instant. But the topic is not simple, philosophical, “to think it over.” It seems to me that one should not go for entertainment and in the corresponding disorder, then you will definitely be delighted! I highly recommend 10 out of 10. Perhaps, along with Onegin, my favorite project from SAMi Theater.
“ Each Hamlet tells his story and their stories are crumbling to the viewer with poems, and prose, and an interesting video sequence (in one of the plots of which we meet all our “heroes” in ward No. 6), and all of them are united - the beautiful music of Alexei Aigi, the fourth "Hero" of this interesting performance. His music performed by the group “4:33” fills the whole space, setting the rhythm and mood, uniting everything that happens on stage into a single whole.
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