The Russian Revolution and the subsequent civil war were full of tragedy, and had many faces – heroic, abysmal, beautiful, cruel, or even bizarre. Letters written by ordinary people to the revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky, are a reflection of these contradictory and tense time. These letters are awakened by the ensemble of theater laboratories in a scenic collage to life and create ways of life, abysses and curiosities open.
“Briefe an Trotsky” is a production that works with hitherto unknown and decades dusty in Russian archives material. Yuri B. Anderson, since this year the Young Ensemble of the Theatre Laboratory, working in close cooperation with the historian Gleb J. Albert, who at Bielefeld University doctorate on early Soviet history. in research he has encountered by Zufallauf an untapped stock of letters to Trotsky. They form the starting point for production.
In the early 1920s War Commissar Trotsky received letters in many languages and from various senders – desperate farmers from the sticks, acquaintances from the exile, loyal Red Army, foreign revolutionaries … all projected their wishes and concerns to the figure of the great revolutionary which should be expelled and murdered by Stalin fall only a few years later in disgrace and. to be shown on stage the human fates that lie behind these texts – stories that hide in history.
Performed by: Agnetha Jaunich, Luke Pergande, Stefanie Taubert, Alina Tinnefeld, Thomas Behrend, Florian Wessels, Michael Grunert
Concept, text and directed by Yuri B. Anderson in collaboration with Gleb Albert
“An exciting track search took place on Thursday much agreement when nighters.
Schmil stone (convincing: Michael Grunert) is a bent, old man. His son died
in the turmoil of the Revolution, now suffering father Stein and his adult daughter from hunger
and poverty. In his desperation to make the old man from his village on their way to distant
Moscow. He wants Trotsky present his petition in person. Aleksandra Anufriejewna (Stefanie
Taubert they are personified despair) laments the theft of their dairy cows by Red Army soldiers.
Her husband and children were one night with weapons threatened by those who the post-Tsarist
Country should advance actually. Now they turn out to be marauding villains. In contrast,
wearing Rotarmistin Nadja Bogomolowa (Alina Tinnefeld with imperious conduct) their ideals loudly
Market, although it has actually long since lost. Then there is the Australian Harriet Frances Powell
(The real figure was famous as a workers’ leader in their home). They investigated her husband and suspects
that he is immersed in the Russian Revolution. Agnetha Jaunich gives the wife a mix of
Determination and hopelessness. Julius Weinberg (Thomas Behrend) deals in crude
Publications with the beauty of Russian women looking for an advocate, Willi Sommer
(Florian Wessels) wishes to transfer to Germany the Revolution. (…) Luke Pergande makes
Secretary differentiate, undergoes a remarkable development. We see him first conscientiously
Letter sorting, finally overwhelmed because he realizes how little power his mentor
and thus it is itself remained. (…) The idea of turning the found material in images,
succeeds in this production. (…) Luke Pergande like in the role of Secretary Glassman.
He belongs to the young generation of theater laboratory technicians. This taper does the ensemble well –
here in rousing combination with the experienced, safe operating founding actors.
A Frugal Bühnenausstattung transferred to the Russia of Lenin, but does not distract from the performance of the actors.
A successful directorial debut for Yuri Birte Anderson and an opportunity, an expanded Theaterlabor-
experience Ensemble in action. “(Heike Krüger in the Neue Westfälische of 16 March 2013)
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