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 +).
Premiere was on 22 August 2008