On July 6th and 7th, MARS center hosted the premier of the play The End of the House of Bernarda Alba adapted from a play by Federico Garcia Lorca and staged by the students of Acting programme (programme leader – Ingeborga Dapkunaite) and Anna Galinova, stage director and tutor at Moscow Film School.
Description: “Imagine the windows and doors sealed. For 8 years five daughters of Bernarda Alba will wear mourning. For 8 years no man will set foot in their house. For 8 years Bernarda would not sleep a blink. She will watch over her obedient daughters. The night has fallen. Can you hear the silence? At the same time, storm is thickening in each of the rooms, and when the tempest breaks out, it will rip through everyone. But rest assured, nothing will leave the walls of the house”.
Anna Galinova, stage director: "This play wasn’t in the curriculum, this type of assessment isn’t provided for this year. But the students really wanted to make this play, and Anna Krasilnikova said that they needed it. And when Anna wants something, she is sure to have it done. She roused other students, came to me to start the discussion, and I suggested Bernarda Alba. Why? Because I needed vivid characters for all the actors, and the majority of students are women. There are very few plays written for a company made up of mostly women actresses, so I chose this very poetic piece by Lorca”.
Valentina Gubchenko (Angustias): “Before starting to rehearse, we did a series of exercises with the company to get a chance to try various characters. It is the way Efros, Tovstonogov and Knebel used to do it, but now, due to various reasons, it is a luxury not every theater and every stage director can afford. It’s a true search for a vivid, sensual aspect of the characters and the whole piece of drama. It helps figure out the circumstances of the plot and find the authenticity in relationships between the characters. Many of such exercises were later finalized and included in the final play”.
Olesya Astapova (Adela): “We rehearsed for two and a half months. It was emotionally and physically draining to do rehearsals alongside the studies, shootings for graduation project and other activities. We rehearsed everywhere, not just at school: on cafes, parks, etc. I really appreciate what the guys did – they were great and supportive despite working so closely and at such high pressure. Rehearsing with Anna Galinova is such an experience! I also took tremendous interest in visiting movement classes with Olga Prikhudaylova. It’s amazing how one can use body movements to convey mood and atmosphere in general. And voice training, of course! Anna Lyapina is a wonderful person, she worked with us a lot and devised fantastic vocal performances that help the audience relax in the middle of the play and add to the dramatism in the final part. At some point I connected so much with my character that all the feelings and emotions that it showed were my own. It is a great pleasure to be the character and live through her feelings here and now. I think this is what a real theater should be like, and I was lucky and happy to experience this magic. The best reward an actor can get is to see the audience leave with tears in their eyes, this is really priceless”.
Anna Galinova, stage director: “Students of both years, first and second, gave all they had to this play. So many tears were shed! We all cried, both boys and girls. Quarrels, broken relationships... It was something! They say that a play, like a child, is born in labor – well, this is absolutely true!”