Coast of women (2008)

Choreographic performance based on the songs by Marlene Dietrich

The premiere held on  2014.08.22

There were not so many performances of this kind in The Vakhtangov Theatre’s repertoire. Drama used to be the heart of the performance, while the word was primarily an expression of thought, the music and the plastic came in addition to the depictive row.

Lithuanian choreographer Anzhelika Сholina shows the war-theme as a disaster that takes away from homeland people of different nationalities. Men became warriors, women turned to fugitives running from the horror of violence and destruction. They find themselves on the unknown land in a small town cafe waiting for the next ship to carry them away and shelter. The Coast of Women – is a coast of hope, which every character of the performance gasps for. The action consists in expectations. Every character is an individual, with his complex past, present and a dream for the future.

Life goes on…drama, grotesque and even lyric times remain. Women remain women. In a slottery, neglected cafe beautiful dresses of the heroines look odd, but they couldn’t part with them and tucked them hastily into suitcases. Life goes on…young ladies flirt with waiters while older ones peer into faces of the passing-by soldiers hoping to recognize kindred eyes.

A musical dominant of the performance is Marlene Dietrich’s songs. Each song is a small story entwined with the life of the character. Why Marlene Dietrich? Not the voice of the actress allures, but her transfiguration ingenuity. Marlene Dietrich sings in German, English, French and Hebrew and that corresponds with the nationality of the characters. Words are not always clear, but we understand the language of emotions – of passion, parting, love and hope. Several suspenseful, tremulous, tragic hours taken from the lives of women and brought to the audience with the help of plastic, dancing, gestures and music.

Running time: 1 hours 30 min with one intermission.

The play is recommended for audience older than 16 years (16 +).

Main Stage

Premiere was on 22 August 2008

Characters & Cast

Cherche la rose Anna Antonova
Dmitriy Kuznetsov
Alexander Soldatkin
Anton Torsukov
Vitalys Semenovs
Flowers Maria Volkova
Mariya Slastenkova
Ekaterina Kramzina
Adelina Gizatullina
Asya Domskaya
Peter Vera Novikova
Valery Ushakov
Kinder, heut\' abend, da such ich mir was aus Marika Dzhaparidze
Natalya Kiyko
Cream Tango Eugenia Kregzhde
Victor Dobronravov
Anastasiya Zdanova
Yriy Tsokurov
Shir Natan Laura Keosayan
Nino Kantariya
Alexandra Platonova
Olga Borovskaya
Near you Maria Rival
Anastasia Vasilieva
Ekaterina Simonova
Aleksandra Prokofyeva
Lada Churovskaya
Asya Domskaya
Astor Piazolla Olga Efremova
Vasilisa Sukhanova
Ekaterina Simonova
Mein blondes Baby Alexandra Streltsina
Aleksandr Konstantinov
Alexander Soldatkin
Olga Lerman
Vasily Simonov
Pavel Tekheda – Kardenas
Argentinean Jew Artur Ivanov
You\'re the cream in my coffee Inna Alabina
Just a Gigolo Marina Esipenko
Kirill Rubtsov
Dmitry Solomykin
Johnny, wenn du Geburtstag hast Maria Shastina
Vladimir Beldiyan
Marina Khramova
Bitte geh nicht fort Lidia Velezhova
Maria Volkova
Ich bin die fesche Lola Maria Berdinskikh
Lili Marleen Olga Nemogay
Anastasia Vasilieva
Oleg Makarov
Kseniya Kubasova
Dmitry Gudochkin
Waiters Oleg Lopuhov
Sergey Epishev
Rodion Vyushkin
Roman Polyansky
Aleksey Gimmelyreyh

Crew

Choreographer/director Angelica Cholina
Costumes Yuozas Statkevichus
Set designer Marius Jacovskis