Moscow Sovremennik Theatre Opens New Anniversary Season with Premiere of The Decameron

30 November 2015

In the autumn of 2015, The Sovremennik Theatre presented its audience with The Decameron. The play was staged with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, and was the first premiere of the Sovremennik’s 60th theatrical season.

Seven centuries ago Italian author, Giovanni Boccaccio, wrote The Decameron. He could not remain silent being so depressed by the decline of morality, but avoided a moralising approach. Instead he tells us about human vices in a cheerful and easy way in one hundred poignant, spicy, funny and wise novellas.

Eight of them were included in the Sovremennik stage performance, adapted by director Kirill Vytoptov and scene designer, Nana Abdrashitova. In the old parables the creators of theatrical performance tried to find fresh truths and add some modern sense to the medieval spirit. Classical music was combined with current popular hits and the elegance of the Renaissance was given a modern day twist.

Seventeen artists (among them, Daria Belousova, Nikita Efremov, Dmitry Girev, Nicholas Klyamchuk, Elena Kozina, Claudia Korshunova, Ulyana Lapteva, and others.) tell us the captivating, ironic and sometimes sad stories, not about what happened many years ago. About us today. About themselves.

In 2015, the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre premiered a further two plays, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel by British author, Mark Haddon, and Two for the Seesaw by American playwright, William Gibson. Both were made possible with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

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