Seven Times Eight 16+
Director - Galina SaltZman
Set and Costume designer - Ekaterina Nikitina
Choreography and Plastique – Anton Pestov
PREMIERE – March 7, 8 of 2021.
Chamber stage (Maly pr. of V.I., 49)
In November of 2019 the Theater on Vasilievsky held the director's laboratory "New Directing and Modern Drama for Youth #PROTEXT" led by the Merited Worker of Arts of Russia Viktor Ryzhakov. As an outcome of the discussions, the sketch by director Galina Saltzman based on the play by Daria Slyusarenko "Seven Times Eight" was warmly accepted. Now this sketch is being staged as a full-length repertoire performance on the Chamber stage of the Theater.
Galina Saltzman is a director, actress and teacher. She collaborates with the Russian Academic Youth Theatre, Mayakovsky Theatre, Theatre of Russian Army and many others. She is a senior lecturer at the Acting Department of GITIS.
Daria Slyusarenko is a playwright, script writer and documentary films director. She is a winner of various modern drama awards.
The author presents the family drama "Seven Times Eight" as biographical. The heroine of the play recalls her childhood with a purely female family. Her mother was eternally busy and an awfully demanding grandmother was a domestic tyrant. The atmosphere of the family reveals in all its exposure the world of a person in the absence of love - with the remembrance of childhood traumas, "disunity of close souls" and a guilt complex, alienation and loneliness, timid attempts to find the ways of mutual understanding. The performance continues the theme of psychological violence in the family - after "Bury Me Behind The Baseboard" by P. Sanaev and "How Zoya Fed The Geese" by S. Bazhenova.
Running time – 1 h 30 min with no interval.