Marina Davydova & Vera Martynov

Eternal Russia


With German translation /  With English translation /  Russian /  approx. 100 Min.

After the successful premiere of “Eternal Russia” as part of last “Utopian Realities– 100 Years of Now with Alexandra Kollontai” 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.   


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 (Assistenz) / 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


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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.

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Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10963 Berlin

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