CHECKPOINT WOODSTOCK New this season

  • Director

    Marina DAVYDOVA

  • Duration

    2 h 15 min (one act)

  • Stage

    Main stage (entrance from Odminių str.)

  • Premiere date

    27 April, 2019 (Thalia theatre, Hamburg)

  • N-14, show in Russian, English and German with translation to Lithuanian and English

About

“Russia loves celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. To mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of Woodstock, we are opening the Checkpoint Woodstock Museum here in Moscow, on the personal order of Vladimir Putin and dedicated to US President Donald Trump’s visit. We also extend a warm welcome to all foreign guests at this, the most important cultural event in our capital city.” This is the greeting to visitors at the ceremonial opening of the Woodstock ¬Museum in Moscow.
The ceremony is stylistically reminiscent of the TV series ‘Santa Barbara’, the Oscars ceremony and the concert gala that takes place in the Kremlin every year on the ‘Day of the Police’. American farmers are being greeted, waving little Russian flags and singing ‘Imagine’, there are women’s choirs from small Russian towns, who have rehearsed songs by Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, Moscow students reciting biographies of famous Beatniks off by heart, writing the formula for LSD on the board and talk of psychedelic effects.
At a time when more and more right-wing movements are forming in both the East and West, ‘Checkpoint Woodstock’ is a requiem to the ‘68 era. The performance installation tells the story of social utopias and lost illusions, and is also an invitation to change your perspective: working with an international ensemble, Russian theatre practitioner, author and NET Festival Director Marina Davydova, set designer Zinovy Margolin and composer Vladimir Rannev look westwards from Moscow and take a fresh look back and also ahead, into all of our futures.

Co-production with the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, in collaboration with the HAU Hebbel, Ufer Berlin and the Gogol Centre in Moscow.


Thalia Gauß in April 2019

 

Directors
Marina Davydova

Stage and Costume Design
Zinovy Margolin

Music
Vladimir Rannev

Dramaturgy
Julia Lochte

Live-music
Vladimir Rannev (Pianist; Alternierend)
Laurenz Wannenmacher (Pianist; Alternierend)

With
Felix Knopp (Leonid Grossman, Direktor des Museums "Checkpoint Woodstock")
Merlin Sandmeyer (Moderator)
Sonya Levin (Moderatorin)
Victor Gonzales (Kellner; Alternierend)
Luca Pawelka (Wasja; Alternierend)
Jarryd Alexander Haynes (Cadet, from the Kremlin Guard)

Dates

  • November 22 (Fri), 18:30 Main stage (entrance from Odminių str.)
  • November 23 (Sat), 18:30 Main stage (entrance from Odminių str.)

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