Jean Genet (1910-1986) - enfant terrible of the French avant-garde.
Written in prison, the novel "Our Lady of Flowers" first horrifies, and then admires Jean Cocteau, who opens his way to the French literary world.
Written in 1947, "The Servants" continue to pass through the creativity of Geneva theme of individual freedom, coming into conflict with the regulating all aspects of human life society.
Roman Viktyuk is the first in the USSR to turn to the playwright Genet (Theater Satyricon, 1988), making a daring, defiantly theatrical performance, in which the conventions of the society are the occasion for a delightful game, which gives the desired freedom.
"Only God listens to us. We know that the last act is played for him. "
Two young servants hate the kitchen, where they are forced to spend their time.
They came up with a game every day, which became a ritual for them. One of them depicts her rich lady, and the other her maid. It is possible that they would be good actresses.
They like that it is possible to change into luxurious dresses and Madame's fur coats, decorate themselves with her jewels, try to talk as languidly as a secular lady.
They hate their elegant and refined mistress, realizing that they will never become the same charming and noble lady.
Maid servants crave revenge. They write and send to the police anonymous letters, accusing her lover of theft.
The lover will be released from prison for lack of evidence. The lady is in despair. She can not understand who hates her so much and tries to ruin her life.
The servants plan and rehearse the murder of Madame. But will they be able to carry out their plans?
All the roles in this exquisite theatrical performance are played by men.
It is dangerous to confuse a dream with real life.
“ I was in this legendary performance for the second time after a five-year break. As for the first time, it was something incredible! The performance is not ordinary and for an intelligent spectator. It is an exciting, sensual, integral action, everything is sharpened to trifles, everything is perfect. Definitely a favorite theater! Thanks to the artists for this pleasure!
“ For the first time I learned about R. Viktyuk, being a second-year student of journalism in Irkutsk. At a lecture on the theatrical art, we were shown "Servants". The reaction in the audience was ambiguous, although it is understandable ... In general, while the others were vigorously discussing what was happening on the screen, giggling and fainting, I realized that I must see the performance with my own eyes. Fortunately, I managed to do it on my nearest visit to Moscow. And, yes, I was amazed! First of all, of course, actors! Now many try to play women, but it always looks vulgar. Here everything is delicate and organic. How they do it is a mystery to me! Therefore, in modern language - must have! PS. Since that time, Daniel Lavoie-Ils S'ament still sounds in my ears. And the ticket also stayed! To remember ...
“ Good afternoon everyone! A smart performance, specific as all the work of Viktyuk. Of the minuses - very loud, pawned ears periodically, so it's better to stay away and not go to this play with men who do not perceive men dressed in dresses. I recommend all ladies!
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