Marina Davydova, Vera Martynov ETERNAL RUSSIA

  • Director

    Marina DAVYDOVA

  • Duration

    2 h

  • Stage

    Arts Printing House, Vilnius

  • N-14 Show in Russian with translation to Lithuanian and English


Concept / Text / Direction: Marina Davydova

Set design / Video: Vera Martynov

Music: Vladimir Rannev

Performers / Voices: Sergey Chonishvili, Tina Benko, Valery Borisova, Konstantin

Bogomolov, Konstantin Chelkaev, Sergey Epishev, Monica Gentile, Marcela

Giesche, Alexey Kokhanov, Sonya Levin, Anna Nebo, Gleb Puskepalis, Serapfima

Skorodelova, Andrey Stadnikov, Alexandra Ursuliak, Pavel Vashilin

Camera: Alexey Shemyatovsky, Veniamin Illyasov

Light Design: Marc Zeuske

Assistant Set-Design: Barbara Lenartz, Fabian Boldt (Touring)

Special Effect (Puppets): Sebastian Arnd

Costumes (Puppets): Charlotta Dering

English Translation: Anna Galt

Lithuanian Translation: Andrius Merkevičius

Sur- / Subtitles: Yvonne Griesel, Kristian Kamph, Jakob Gerber


Artistic Advice: Annemie Vanackere, Sarah Reimann (Assistant)

Technical Direction: Maria Kusche, Roman Fliegel, Stephan

Kriegleder / Lichtblick Bühnentechnik GmbH (Touring)

Technicians: Light: Boris Meier / Sound and Video: Toni Bräutigam, Bodo Gottschalk

Production Management: Hannes Frey, Anna Krauß (Touring)


12-14 April, Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio g. 6, Vilnius)



The performative installation casts a glance back at several centuries of Russian history. The curator and critic Marina Davydova, together with the stage designer and artist Vera Martynov and the composer Vladimir Rannev, developed a performative, installation-like parcours, which will spatially make accessible the connection between Russian history and the present. The project presents the very short but bright interlude of the political, artistic and sexual awakening after the revolution of 1917. Why could these ideas not be implemented in the long run? "Eternal Russia" ranges over four different interconnected rooms. An installation follows a film, a silent film follows a lecture, unique documentary material is presented alongside images and music. An image arises of the great Russian utopia. The work pursues the fatal transformation of Soviet socialism. Just ten years after the revolution it ended in a totalitarian dictatorship, skillfully hiding behind communist slogans. In the end it is about one hundred years of longing for the pre-revolutionary Russian Empire.   

A commission and production by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). Premiere 12 January 2017 in the frame art of “Utopian Realities“, a co-production of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt as part of “100 Years of Now“, curated by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


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