In ancient times Izanagi god threw divine spear in the sea — when he pulled the spear back, from the tip the drop slipped, which gave rise to a curved string of islands. Together with spear from the depths rose up the range of sleeping dragon — so Japan born. And yet, far from a bird’s eye view, you can see the chain of islands, similar to dragon sleeping in a sea, which is sometimes shudders in his sleep. It is possible to pass over only by air, which still full of an ancient tradition: the beautiful Moon Lady, Turn skin -Spider, to see the volume drawn landscapes of the distant country, to go after the samurai to the wandering fires, after the longest name in the world… The theatre creates these old stories from simple objects, using a paper, bamboo sticks, paper lanterns and imagination. It is play with myths and our memories about far Japan.
“Performance “97 and a half steps on road, which flies over the back dragon sleeping at ocean” is stylistically verified and very technical production, claiming to philosophical significance. It can be supported by the bright colors of set design, balance between the comic stories (for example, about a boy who drowned in the well, while his friends spelled name is too long to parents who had come to help ) and philosophical parables. It is also remarkable technicality acting work, a well thought acrobatics . The play is rising around Actress (Lubov Zlobina), her role is epicenter. She is the lord of the action, the spirit of the theater, from her speeches depends what is happening on stage, and her words are illustrated by the spirits of the theater “servants of the proscenium. We can say that this is a play about the theater – and east or West Theater models are does not matter. It is reflection not only the mystery of the theater, but its technique, the two inseparable power of theater”.
“Her magical white geisha, hypnotic and ornately tells about the myths of faraway Japan in the performance “97 and a half steps on road, which flies over the back dragon sleeping at ocean” — and then it’s time to submit to the rhythm of the verse and prose narrator and feel like a foreigner : so habitually Japanese folded in her hand fan with bamboo sticks, so habitually proudly carried on the shoulders of a white kimono and a long flowing skirt snow. Her voice become a slender narrative of Japanese legends, where the story of Enchanted Moon Maiden sad and instructive for lovers. She was awarded by the prize for «Best Actress » in 2011 at the International Theatre Festival » Pierrot » in Bulgaria, where the play was played on the stage of the Opera House”
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“Performance “97 and a half steps on road, which flies over the back dragon sleeping at ocean” by Japan myths by director Nadezhda Alexeeva is a visual show with orientation to technical and meditative atmosphere of East theatre”.
Journal “Strastnoy Bulvar, 10”
“Director of performance Nadezhda Alexeeva choose the visual side of Japan culture, where power inside the simplicity and the fragile of life is the high point of poetry”.
Touring in Bielefeld, Germany; 2014
Participant of International Theatre festival «SLAVIJA»; 2014 (Belgrade, Serbia)
Participant of International Theatre festival «Black and White»; 2011 (Imatra, Finland)
«Award for DIRECTING» to Nadezhda Alexeeva, VII International Theatre festival «Pierro»; 2011 (St.Zagora, Bulgaria)
«Award for BEST FEMALE ACTRESS» to Lubov Zlobina, VII International Theatre festival «Pierro»; 2011 (St.Zagora, Bulgaria)
«Award for Experimental& New Forms», VII International Theatre festival «Pierro»; 2011 (St.Zagora, Bulgaria)
Participant of International Theatre festival MINIFEST; 2011 (Rostov-on-Don)
Participant of International Theatre festival RAINBOW; 2011 (St.Petersburg)
Participant of International Theatre Kingfestival; 2011 (Velikiy Novgorod)
Director — Nadezhda Alexeeva
Stage designer — Igor Semonov
Light designer — Larisa Dedukh
Music — Tatiana Bobrova
Duration — 1 hour.
Age — 16+