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Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre: Mother’s Field
February 09, Sat
7:45pm - 9:00pm

Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre: Mother’s Field

Striking movement, gestures and signs convey the narrative in this potent performance without words, a plea for peace and humanity based on the enduring story by Soviet-Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov.

Tolgani, a strong Kyrgyz woman, has a special connection with Mother Earth, a companion in whom she confides and seeks commiseration. Granted a healthy family, her bounty is lost to misfortune when war intervenes. Back in the fields, her heart is torn apart by grief.

Revered as a giant of 20th-century Russian literature, Aitmatov published his novella eighteen years after the Second World War, ushering in mythical folklorish elements to his realistic fiction. His outspoken tale is realised in this non-verbal adaptation by Sergei Zemlyansky who directs young, skilled artists with boundless choreographic freedom. The expressive piece is set to a haunting musical score characterised by the sound of the cello.

Creative team
Chinghiz Aitmatov Author
Sergei Zemlyansky Director and Choreographer
Maxim Obrezkov Set Design
Pavel Akimkin Music

Natalia Reva-Ryadinskaya
Sergey Miller
Vladimir Motashnev
Evgeniy Plitkin
Rodion Dolguirev
Anastasia Panina
Olga Demina

Duration: 1 hour 10 mins, no interval
Age guidance 14+

See also:

5 – 6 February: Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre: The Cherry Orchard

8 – 9 February: Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre: The Good Person of Szechwan