After one-act play by Anton Chekhov


Center of Drama and Directing (Moscow), Chekhov International Theatre Festival 

Director – Vladimir Pankov

Composers – Artyom Kim and Sergei Rodukov

Stage designer – Maxim Obrezkov

Choreographer – Polina Mironova

Light Design – Nikolay Surkov 


Elena Yakovleva, Alexander Feklistov, Nadejda Meyer, Peter Markin, Anastasia Alferova, Ekaterina Krivko, Olga Putkova, Diliara Sagdeeva, Yana Chekina, Eugene Barkhatov

Elegant Chekhov’s joke is fertile material for the new theatrical experiment. It’s a real vaudeville, where the director Vladimir Pankov and composers Artem Kim and Daniil Posagennikov combined popular romances with classical opera composition. The story of two people, between whom after a hostile clash suddenly breaks out love, poses to the audience the question of nature and sincerity of feelings. The game and the interlacing of various musical and dramatic genres reflect the capricious pulsation of their relations.

“The play is about the infinite inconsistency of a woman. When she says “no”, it doesn’t mean “no”. When she says “yes”, it does not mean “yes”. By the end of the play, there are even more mysteries. And there are no clues. Love is a game that can be played throughout life”.

Vladimir Pankov, director

“This play is the beloved nephew of an important aristocrat lady called Opera, reveler, merry fellow, and mocker. She loves him for his brilliance and style, and for the fact that in “The Bear” – as befits the opera – not only words, but every movement is accompanied by music – every step, every gesture, every look; fingers are trembling – bells are ringing. <...>

My God, how glad should Anton Pavlovich be beyond the veil, seeing that his dull-looking “Bear” – boring, skidding – was finally delivered with such brilliance and wit that hardly anyone would ever surpass”.

Moskovskij Komsomolets, newspaper

October 1, 2, 3
Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, Chamber Hall
1 h 30 min, without intermission
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