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Oginski Polonaise, The

Synopsis
A performance recorded at the Gate theatre in London, on 21 March 1996 as part of the Gate Biennale, a celebration of contemporary European theatre. The play, written in Russian in 1993 by Nikolai Kolyada, translated by Peter Tegel and directed here by Pat Kiernan, concerns Tanya, who returns to the Soviet Union after eight years in New York. Her former servants await her return to Moscow with terror as they expect to be evicted. But when the ‘Americanized’ Tanya does arrive she is dressed as a ballerina and is in flight from the KGB. The play blends comedy and pathos to produce a bleak but human vision of post-perestroika Russia.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. S-VHS. col. 100 min.
Year of production
1996
Availability
REFERENCE ONLY
Notes
The technical quality of the recording is poor.
Paired with SISTERS, BROTHERS.
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama - contemporary; Kolyada, Nikolai; performances; Russia

Credits

Director
Pat Kiernan
Writer
Nikolai Kolyada; Peter Tegel

Distributor

Name

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