“The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” by Dostoevsky is one of the most distinctive theatre experiences in Denmark today
Directed by Slava Kokorin and presented at Theatre Chapel at the Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen, due every year since premiering in 2013, the performance “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” is still one of the finest examples of best contemporary staging of classical theatre in Denmark, today.
“A theatre that goes straight to the heart” &
“One of the most unusual theatre performance”
The mono – performance “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky is about a man who strains to search for the truth. Through his creation of “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” (1877), Dostoevsky expressed what is almost a complete encyclopedia of the characters and themes that appeared in his major life works.
Accompanied by Danish leading accordionist Adam Ørvad, we meet the preacher — the ridiculous man, performed by Danish actor Viktor Melnikov. He has surrendered to life’s indifference and in a dream he shoots himself in the heart. The shot opens the door to the kingdom of death and leads him to Paradise, where the ridiculous man gains insight into the truth about humanity. He discovers the truth that we are all guilty of human decay and that we are only able to love and live as we recognize this fault.
“As genuine and impressive as Dostoevsky is” &
“The importance of being ridiculous”
Slava Kokorin (1944 – 2017) graduated from the Belarusian Institute of Art and Theatre in Minsk (1967). As a theatre director, Slava has staged over 100 productions and has guided many of the best theatre troupes in the world. Slava Kokorin has received awards for ‘Best Theatre Performance’ and ‘Best Theatre Director’ with the National Theatre’s “Golden Mask Award” (Moscow). In 2009, Slava was the Stanislavski Prize winner for “The Best Theatre Pedagogue.”
Viktor Melnikov graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Viktor is originally from a small village near Kiev in the Ukraine. His interpretation of characters on the stage varies broadly from the classical to the modern dramatists.
Adam Ørvad is one of the leadings accordionists of his generation. Graduated at The Royal Danish Music Conservatory Adam has established himself in several areas of the musical scene, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.
“The theatre you will remember forever”
This highly acclaimed and most played theatre masterpiece Dostoevsky’s “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” has today become a crucial landmark in the history of the Danish scene. ”The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” is performed in Danish and re-premiering in 2021-22 season.
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