Photo: Dieter Hartwig
MADE IN RUSSIA is a hot, post-communist war battle of eastern and western cultural clichés. The latest work created by dancer Andrei Andrianov and choreographer Oleg Soulimenko settles for no less than a breakthrough in the western performance and art market. But before that they reflect on their ever-changing artistic and personal development through songs, stories and styles of dancing.
This self-ironic performance reveals their so far strictly confidential relationships with two famous characters of the European and Russian art scene. An essential role in the standup-ish performance of Andrianov and Soulimenko is played by the intellectual super-father from the west, French film director Jean-Luc Godard, and the flagship prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, highly appreciated by the Soviet regime.
“The performance can hardly be topped in wit and ingenuity and masterly plays with clichés and prejudices. A direct hit!” (Helene Kurz, Wiener Zeitung, April 25, 2009)
In 1993 Andrei Andrianov and Oleg Soulimenko founded their dance performance duo named Saira Blanche Theatre. They have performed in numerous festivals including Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow, Berlin, New York and Stockholm. After a break that lasted for years, having toured the world with international artist collectives, they have continued working together since 2007.
A co-production by Oleg Soulimenko/Vienna Magic, brut Wien, artblau-Tanzwerkstatt Brunswick, Szene Salzburg
In collaboration with Dance Agency, TsEkh, Moscow & Sophiensaele Berlin
Supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, the Austria Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, the State of Lower Saxony & Kultur Kontakt Austria
Guest performance appearance is supported by European Comission & Austrian Embassy in Finland
Written and directed by: Oleg Soulimenko, Andrei Andrianov
Cast: Oleg Soulimenko, Andrei Andrianov
Video appearance: Dasha Andrianova and Alevtina Golubeva
Dramaturgy: Judith Helmer
Artistic advice: Robert Steijn
Translation: Martin Jandl
Stage set and costume: Anke Philipp
Light design: Bartek Kubiak
Video editing and photography: Elena Tikhonova
Production management: Nicole Schuchardt / brut Wien
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