Kafka

Perfomance, 18+ 3:20, 1 intermission
december 21, Sat
Main stage
19:00
december 22, Sun
Main stage
18:00
Franz Kaf­ka (1883–1924) is a wri­ter, who­se works we­re most­ly pub­li­shed af­ter his de­ath (and aga­inst his will) and ha­ve dis­turbed and frigh­te­ned the world for ne­ar­ly a cen­tu­ry. A ge­ni­us, a prop­het, the mas­ter of li­tera­ry hor­ror and ab­surd, one of the most inf­lu­en­ti­al aut­hors of all ti­me. His li­fe and cre­ati­vity, his ti­me, the ro­man­ces that didn’t hap­pen, stran­ge en­co­un­ters, all the de­lusi­ons and re­vela­ti­ons of a mo­dest in­su­ran­ce clerk are bro­ught to the Go­gol cen­ter sta­ge to cre­ate a true symp­ho­ny. The pro­duc­ti­on by Ki­rill Se­reb­renni­kov, ba­sed on bi­og­raphi­cal play by Va­lery Pe­che­ikin, is a lar­ge-sca­le phan­tasma­goric can­vas, a phy­sical­ly tan­gible vo­yage to the pla­net of Kaf­ka. It con­ta­ins Kaf­ka’s hor­ror, his pe­culi­ar hu­mor, and the bi­zar­re be­auty.
Franz Kafka was humble and avoidant clerk, literature was his secret passion. By his own admission he considered Flober, Dostoevsky, and Gogol as his “blood brothers”, however, he bequeathed his manuscripts to be burned after his death. Against writer’s will his friends published his works, which were filled with peculiar visions and paradoxical plot lines, postmortem. These publications brought Kafka worldwide fame. Nowadays, he is perceived as ingenious prophet of XX th century’s insanity, while writer’s name has become a synonym of a specific type of absurd. Kafka’s life was filled with overwhelming desire of art, his texts contain vast energy. For authors of the play it did matter to show writer’s personality to the full extent of its real sophistication. 
The production by Kirill Serebrennikov, based on the play by Valery Pecheikin, is a combination of biographical facts from life of the writer and plot lines created by his imagination. Kafka’s bestiary characters live among real people. According to the idea of playwright Valery Pecheikin on stage there are characters from Kafka’s “internal biography”: starting from the flying dogs and Gregor Samsa, reaching up to peculiar Odradek and people, who came in dreams. Three facts from Kafka’s life: 
1 Max Brod 
Kafka hired him as an executor, who had to destroy all of the unpublished works such as “The Trial” and “The Castle” which was not finished. Nevertheless, Max have broken the will of his friend. That is how the worldwide glory started. 
2 Family was a place of constant conflicts for Franz, especially with his father. Kafka had even sent him his famous letter, which now is published as stand-alone work. 
3 Maybe conflicts and confrontations in his family prevented Kafka from creating his own one. 
There is a correspondence with Felice Bauer, bride of Franz, who actually did not become his wife. Valery Pecheikin, playwright: 
“The most complicated it was to find and reproduce the absurd which I not to be confused with nonsense. Kafka’s absurd has its own internal logic and one of my goals was to find this logic. It seems as even today we live in the world where the absurd is still a standard measure of everything. Remains only to repeat writer’s words: “I would like to lead the word to purity, truth, perpetuity.” The premiere occurred on 29 June 2016.
Gallery
Authors:
Choreographer:
Video designer: 
Costume designers:
PO­LI­NA GRECH­KO
Lightning designer:
Os­kars Pa­ulinsh
Artist, technologist:
OL­GA PAV­LY­UK
Musical director:
Electronic music:
DMIT­RIY GA­RIN
Step dance teacher:
ALIK AB­DUL­LA­YEV
Media about the event
"Каф­ка" с че­лове­чес­ким ли­цом
Роман Должанский, Комменсант
Без пра­ва го­лоса
Антон Хитров, Colta.ru
Мол­ча­ние Си­рены – «Каф­ка», Го­голь-центр
Театральный буфет, Ольга Григорьева

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