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ELIZAVETA BAM. Performance by Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich

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Uploaded on Mar 12, 2008

ELIZAVETA BAM
A play by Daniil Kharms
Directed and written by Fedor Pavlov--Andreevich
Associate director Polina Kasyanova
Set design: Katya Bochavar, Costumes: Andrei Bartenev, Choreography: Dina Hussein,
Music: Anton Sevidov, Lighting: Ivan Vinogradov, Sound: Vladimir Klykov, Video: Patrick K.-H.

Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich's production of Elizaveta Bam reclaims a treasure of Russian avant-garde literature from historical obscurity. Daniil Kharms was one of Russia's most important writers of the
1920-30s and a source of inspiration for absurdist playwrights Eugène Ionesco and Samuel Beckett.
In 1942, Kharms fell victim to Stalin's repressions and died of hunger in a gulag camp at the age of 37. His pseudonym "Kharms", which derives from a play on the English words "harms" and "charms",
foresaw this tragic destiny. Stalin's regime never allowed the publication of Kharms' work, and the playwright's contribution to avant-garde literature was largely lost, until now.
Elizaveta Bam prefigures the atmosphere of Kafka's short stories and Ionesco's theatre of the absurd. It tells the story of a woman arrested for a murder not yet committed, mixing slapstick with pantomime
and horror with humor. Written in 1929, the play was a harbinger to Stalin's repressions that took the
lives of 40 million people.

The current production of Elizaveta Bam premiered in Moscow in July 2006. A riveting piece of theatre
with innovative costume, set, and light design, Elizaveta Bam exposes the avant-garde roots of contemporary Russian culture. The play is an unprecedented result of a collaboration between talented
artists whose average age is only twenty-five.

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