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Stage Russia: Three Sisters (12A*)

Afternoon Arts

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This encore screening of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters probes the lives and dreams of former Muscovites Olga, Masha, and Irina, now living in a small town from which they're desperate to escape.


In this powerful play, a landmark of modern drama, Chekhov masterfully interweaves character and theme in subtle ways that make the work's climax seem as inevitable as it is deeply moving.

Timofey Kulyabin, the 32 year old wunderkind artistic director of the Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, has taken this classic work and reinvented it as an epic parable about finding harmony through suffering.

The entire cast, save for one, communicate throughout the performance solely in sign language. By doing so, the selfishness, isolation and lack of mutual understanding are laden with disaster, the characters defenseless against a huge 'sounding' world. Like a score, every scene is composed with sounds and noises. 

Kulyabin's sensational and endlessly beautiful Three Sisters, already a hit on the stages of Vienna and Paris, is a feast for the senses, heightening all of them even as we lose some of them.

Tagged with: Cinema Afternoon Arts

248 minutes with two breaks (4 minute pause after Act 1 and 8 minute pause after Act 2)

Russian Sign Language with English Subtitles

* This film has been locally classified by the Barbican Centre


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