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"Platonov" by Hermanis – notatki z prób
"Platonov" by Hermanis – Notes from Rehearsals

Author(s): Julia Kluzowicz
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: Hermanis; Direction; Performance; Drama; Chekov; Rehearsals; Actor; Improvisation; Hyper-realism

Summary/Abstract: Julia Kluzowicz describes rehearsals from Platonov, based on Anton Chekov’s drama, directed by Alvis Hermanis at the Burgtheater in Vienna (premiere: 7 May 2011). The text includes a description of Hermanis’s premises on how to avoid either modernizing or interpreting Chekov’s drama, in the interest of merely performing it, in line with the director’s aim to create “hyper-realism.” The author leads the reader through the various stages of the performance’s creation, and ways in which Hermanis works with actors, which involves a great deal of improvisation and conversation, and requires courage and creativity from the actors. In addition to the actors’ descriptions and reflections, the text includes numerous never-before-published statements by the director.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 106
  • Page Range: 28-32
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Polish