We broke down the experience of attending an international performance into its essential parts: you have to travel to a theatre to see a specific show, at a specific time and date, with lots of strangers around you, united in a compact space to see the same event, performed live, as a group. There is a potent exchange between artists and audience throughout the show that reaches its peak at the end of the night, when the performers look into the audience to take their curtain call and you acknowledge the shared experience with applause.
In 2021, we are delighted to say that we’ll meet all those criteria. The only difference is that the performance is happening, in real time, on the other side of the world.
Four unique, specially commissioned performances on four European mornings, by some of the most lauded artists of our time in theatre, music and dance, coming to you in state-of-the-art vision and sound within milliseconds, on four unforgettable Adelaide nights. Each will be introduced by the director or principal artist, and your responses to the work will be streamed back to the performers. Read more about the International Live Stream events
Pushkin is Russia’s Shakespeare; Eugene Onegin the revered “national poem”. It’s perilous indeed to mess with: screenplays and even Tchaikovsky’s libretto are scorned. So, when a wildly imaginative stage adaptation plays to full houses in Moscow for seven years, you know it’s exceptional.
Lithuanian director Rimas Tuminas has employed a vast 45-strong company from the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre, to create a play on an operatic scale, featuring Russia’s finest actors speaking the original verse, seamlessly integrated with music, dance, and spectacular, indelible imagery. It finally toured the world to sold out shows and critical acclaim continuing in London and the United States, before returning to Russia whence this special performance will be shared.
A dazzlingly unconventional homage to Pushkin.
Set in an enormous abstracted ballet studio, the stage teems with life and movement, propelled by an infectious score and all reflected darkly in a huge mirrored anthracite wall. There’s plenty of humour — Tuminas injects some strange, anarchic, Gogolian elements — but the intimate anguish of the story, of love requited too late, is there in precise and poignant detail: these actors can break an audience’s collective heart with the subtlest facial reaction.
Epic yet intimate... stunningly beautiful... sprawling and extravagant.
It’s the magical wordless moments, though — a snowstorm swirling around a lantern-lit carriage, wind blown books that become birds, a woman dancing with a great bear — that will haunt you.
On every level this production is magnificent. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.
This is one of the most extraordinary nights at the theatre I’ve ever known.
Event additional information
Idea, script and staging Rimas Tuminas
Set design Adomas Jacovskis Costumes Maria Danilova Music Faustas Latenas Choreographer Anzelika Cholina Lighting design Maya Shavdatuashvili Make up design Olga Kalyavina Musical director Tatiana Agaeva Work with actors Alexei Kuznetsov Stage speech training Susanna Serova Editor Elena Knyazeva Assistant Gulnaz Balpeisova Sound Ruslan Knushevitsky and Andrey Rybnikov Concertmaster Natalia Turiyanskaya Assistant directors Natalia Menshikova and Natalia Kuzina
Seating Please note that theatres will be operating at 50% capacity, with a single empty seat between each patron in a row. Patrons must sit in their allocated seats as directed by venue management, and may not sit in the vacant seat next to another patron. In the event that capacity restrictions are lifted by SA Health before the event, there may be another ticket holder in the seat next to you.
Contact Tracing The standard contact information that you give when you purchase your tickets will be passed onto SA Health in the event that contact tracing needs to occur.
Arrival at the Theatre Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the performance and have your tickets/booking confirmation ready to show security who will allow access into the theatre. There may be a queue outside, so dress appropriately and allow enough time to get to your seats. The performance will begin on time. Once you enter the theatre, you will be directed straight into the auditorium.
Hand Hygiene Hand sanitiser is available onsite but to avoid congestion and queuing, we recommend you bring your own as well.
Cloaking and Bags in the theatre To avoid close contact and touching, cloaking is available for emergencies only. Please do not bring bags larger than A3 or backpacks as they will not be admitted into the theatre.
Interval To avoid congestion in the foyer, we ask you to stay at your seat during interval unless you need to use the facilities.
Always remember to:
Stay home if unwell (view our updated ticketing policy here)
Abide by physical distancing requirements
Follow the directions of COVID Marshals at events.
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