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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Onegin for the first time danced with Tatiana

The Vakhtangov theatre has closed its 95th season as it did all of last seven years — together with his audience. Yes, on the old Arbat, literally at the main entrance of the theater. But this time on the stage was “Eugene Onegin” — an exquisite Rimas Tuminas about unrequited love. On the street with his heroes all were much more optimistic.

photo: Marina Raikin

Sergei Makovetsky Eugene and Kregzde — their heroes for the first time finally together.

Small estrade, going musicians. For the metal railings — the audience that is suitable and suitable. The heating ignites the group “Dry”. Seven years ago, the artistic Director of the Vakhtangov theatre Rimas Tuminas offered thus to close the season. And said, “We need to get out to their audiences. Do not hide from them.” The tradition caught on and became long-awaited. Evidence of a huge crowd that literally hung on the stage. Closure leads Alexander Oleshko, today the best TV host, among other things, plays in the Vakhtangov, so invited him to work at corporate, and almost home.

Closing of the season is, in fact, a report before the audience that made the theatre. There are excerpts from new plays: the class of “Pike” is a piece of magic “Peter pan with mermaids-rock-n-roll. Eugene Kosarev, big, funny, in the costume of a page of Recluse of “Thunderstorms”, reads a monologue about the strangeness of modern theatre. Evgeny Knyazev and Aleksey Kuznetsov with passionate and lyrical poems. Arthur Ivanov, starring in the play “Running”, explodes the old Moscow a street hit “I’m staying”.

photo: Marina Raikin

The guest of the theatre Elena Kamburova sings Okudzhava beautiful and soulful, and at this moment behind her, careful not to spook the song, Onegin appears (Sergei Makovetsky), Tatiana (Eugene Kregzhde). A couple is slow-dancing behind singer. The artists appearance indicates that the stage “Eugene Onegin” was over, and artists from the hall through the lobby and lounge open directly onto the street.

Then Sergei Makovetsky will say to me, “I say, “Genius, let’s dance. For once in your life, Onegin is Tatiana dance.” People took the impromptu cheer. And then the comrades in the play arrived, all lined up nicely, look at the audience, the audience — to them. And darkening the Moscow sky, not blazing stars, carefully covers the stage setting, already historical, the 95th season is very elegantly and tastefully closed.

photo: Marina Raikin

In parting, there is no better song than the old wasowska — anthem Moscow without fanfare and pomp — “falling Asleep.” The amazing Duo came from Oleshko and Marina Esipenko. Before going she was very excited, the song though popular, but challenging. “What can I say to you, Muscovites, goodbye?..” Says goodbye Rimas Tuminas:

photo: Marina Raikin

— Thank you, that was with us. The theater I was saved. He was saved, gave to understand that there is no death.

The latest from the Arbat leaving Sergey Makovetsky: he gives and signs autographs, but the procedure is something of this, albeit long, but all enjoyable.

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