Kostroma is the birthplace of the Snow Maiden. And the Snow Maiden is really born here – right during the performance, in the minds of every spectator. Yevgeny Ibragimov’s staging of Alexander Ostrovsky’s play of the same name is not another reading of the great text and not a new illustration for the “spring fairy tale.” Not the triumph of the word or the dominance of the plot is immersion in the world of feelings and sensations. In a world woven of gentle touches and passionate embraces, a quiet whisper and loud songs, impenetrable darkness and the conquering light. Through the labyrinths of this sensual world, each viewer will go along with the artists and puppets – and will, if not others, then be updated.
“Who am I? Ostrovsky – after all, I’m knee-deep, ankle-deep. I never argue with the author. But I want to say about what I think about this “
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Blog of St. Petersburg theatrical magazine
"Snow Maiden" by Ibragimov - ghost performance. It is really ethereal: there is no verbal framework, but there are various plastic, musical and visual images correlated with Ostrovsky's text. The latter flicker (all the "pictures" of the play are unsteady, like the rays of lanterns, sneaking along the floor and walls and stumbling upon wooden and puppet installations), and the same meaning is "shimmered". They do not form from episode to episode, they do not evolve - on the contrary, once they arise and immediately fade away, that after it arises and fades out again or no longer arise at all.
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