Quixote and Sancho
Quixote and Sancho
MBKcentre.com (a publication of the internet club of bank analysts), 2002
By Yulia Bolshakova
Among the complex of features every leader needs, three are primary: The ability to put forth a new idea; the knowledge of the mechanisms to make the idea work; and the ability to take responsibility for the final result no matter what the results.
The main requirement for a leader?s success is charisma. The notion of charism is so vague that it often is confused with simple charm. Derived from the Greek by Max Weber, this term, which became a popular term at the beginning of the 20th century, originally was used to describe a person?s divine power to influence other people. It is a gift that all leaders, politicians and actors seek to discover in themselves. Anyone who loves theater knows that this is something commanded by every actor with a God-given gift,
Among those actors with a God-given gift is Oksana Mysina. Every role she has undertaken since she worked in Svetlana Vragova?s Moderne Theater has been an event. This actress is so unique that director?s are usually compelled to create the entire show around her. She performs on the stage of the Moscow Art Theater. All of the most fashionable directors want to work with her, including Vladimir Mirzoyev (That This Other World), Kama Ginkas (K. I. from Crime), Oleg Menshikov (Kitchen). Meanwhile, Mysina states: I don?t like the way directors are afraid of contemporary drama. They often say there are no good new plays. But I think they are simply trying to hide from the contemporary world. In the last ten years, life in Russia has changed drastically. Theater has not been responding to that? I dream about discovering purity and freedom on the stage?
No sooner said than done. Oksana Mysina herself has staged Quixote and Sancho, a play by the young playwright Viktor Korkiya. And she herself played the role of Sancho Panza in it. Her fortunate gift means that, just by being present on the stage, she is capable of filling up the theatrical space with herself and her own personal world. One is always fascinated by the way she stands, looks and moves. She has the rare ability to exist on stage naturally and sincerely, without striking any poses. This alone is enough to cherish every minute of this show. Mysina plays Sancho as if he were a part of Quixote?s own essence. She is not the poetic and romantic Quixote as performed marvelously by Alexei Zuyev. She embodies the titanic, complex and tragic world of Cervantes.
Julia Bolshakova, 2002
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