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Ivanov

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
by Anton Chekhov

Ivanov Samuel Finzi
Anna Petrovna, his wife Almut Zilcher
Shabyelsky, count, his uncle Hendrik Arnst
Lebedev Wolfram Koch
Zinaida Saveshna, his wife Silvia Rieger
Sasha, daughter of the Lebedevs Birgit Minichmayr
Lvov, young country doctor Alexander Simon
Babakina, young widow Marie-Lou Sellem
Kosykh Winfried Wagner
Borkin Milan Peschel
Nazarovna Michael Klobe
Gavrila, footmen Sir Henry

Directed byDimiter Gotscheff
Stage design Katrin Brack
Costumes Katrin Lea Tag
Music Sir Henry
Lighting designHenning Streck
Dramaturgy Peter Staatsmann

Première 19 March 2005
Length app. 2h, without interval

Talk with the audience
Thu 11 May 22:00 Sternfoyer

Everything is empty here: the stage, people’s hearts and their heads. A bare stage is filled only with fog, out of which characters dare to emerge into the audience’s sights before they retreat back into the mist. The production presents Chekhov’s “Ivanov” as a grotesque comedy of a stagnating society. This much is not new. However, the way in which Dimitier Gotscheff transforms a series of explosive, resigned, cynical or melancholy solos into a soul-searching piece which mercilessly exposes the alienated psychology of the modern individual is quite remarkable. The actors, led by Samuel Finzi as a repressed and doubt-ridden Ivanov trying unsuccessfully to come to terms with his existential distress, make their characters’ impotent ponderings painfully powerful.