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Viktor Korkiya

Ariston

A contemporary retelling ofthe myth about Oedipus

Viktor Korkiya's “Ariston“ isproduced bythe Oksana Mysina Theatrical Brotherhood under the aegis ofthe Open Stage project organized bythe Committee onCulture with the assistance ofthe Moscow city government.

„Ariston” continues the creative partnership ofOksana Mysina and Viktor Korkiya which was begun in2001with “Quixote and Sancho,“ ashow that marked the starting point inanew search for anew theatrical language. “Ariston“ provides the basis for discovering acompletely new aesthetic. Inplace ofthe improvisation, spontaneity and clownery of“Quixote and Sancho,“ “Ariston“ makes way for the severity and purity that must characterize the genre ofcontemporary tragedy.

This isnot the first time Viktor Korkiya has turned toaclassical plot onthe basis ofwhich hecreates completely new and original works. “Ariston“ isacontemporary retelling ofthe myth about Oedipus. Itretains the basic motifs ofSophocles's tragedy while unmistakably framing them inamodern interpretation. InKorkiya's hands, this becomes aplay about aman who experiences revelation when heisconfronted byevil ofwhich hehimself unwittingly was the source.

The world inwhich welive issoordered that every one ofour actions, every one ofour words can have unpredictable consequences. What then doweanswer for? Doweanswer for evil wehave done while seeking todogood? Or, asone ofKorkiya's characters says, are we“guiltless inour own guilt“? This question also troubled Sophocles, Seneca, Cocteau and other poets and playwrights and each responded toitinhis own way.

What, then, isinnovative about Korkiya's play?

“Ariston“ bears clear witness toamajor shift that has taken place inthe modern world: Ifinpast centuries and millenniums the problems facing society were considered the problems ofauthorities inpositions ofpower, inour age these problems have become universal and they touch every man and woman, regardless oftheir social status. For this reason, Korkiya's original working title of„Oedipus” dropped the „king” referred toinSophocles's „Oedipus Rex.” For Korkiya, the fate ofOedipus isthe prototype ofevery human's fate. Now the play, asthe production ofit, isnamed „Ariston,” for this, infact, isOedipus's real name. „Ariston” isthe story ofaman who did not live the life heshould have.

In„Ariston,” Korkiya took onthe rare task incontemporary Russian drama ofwriting a„pure” tragedy, one ofthe most difficult ofall the theatrical genres.

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directorOksana Mysina
designerEmil Kapelush
Musical consultantAlexander Bakshi
Musical directorLudmila Bakshi
Movement trainerGennady Abramov
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Creon, Jocasta's brotherAlexander Topuriya
Oedipus, King ofThebesAlexander Kozlov
JocastaLyudmila Odiyankova
Tiresius, Priest, Shepherd, LaiusAndrei Bronnikov
Sphinx, SlaveVera Vasilyeva,
Yelena Shkurpelo
AntigoneIrina Petrunicheva
MessengerAndrei Kochetkov
PausaniasYelena Lyamina


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