Love and Lenin
Scenes from emigre life
"Once, in rooms that the Ulyanovs had rented in Paris at a low cost, a translator appeared by the name of Elisabeth Armand. Those close to her called her 'Inessa.' In the way she carried herself and in her appearance she was a true 'French girl.' It may not have been possible to call her a beauty, but one thing was beyond any doubt - she was an alluring, irresistible woman and Vladimir quickly became very familiar with her..."
We know very little about how the Ulyanov (Lenin) family lived during their emigre period. We know more about what came next. The Masterskaya Theatre's play is an attempt to imagine the barrister's assistant Vladimir Ulyanov in a rented apartment in Paris. Those harmless theorists - how did they live? What were their daily life and holidays like?
The play's creators have made an attempt to recreate their everyday life in detail by breaking it up into possible episodes: Maxim Gorky's visit from Italy, a New Year's Eve celebration, ice skating. From such brief recollections a plotline has been established, the basis of which is the historical myth of a love triangle between Lenin, his wife and Inessa Armand. How would world history have changed had Ulyanov chosen love and happiness instead of revolution? We can only guess...
Running time: 2 hours with one interval
For audiences aged 16 and up
The premiere took place on 19 June 2015
Director – Roman Gabria
Write – Roman Gabria
Stage and Costume Designer – Sergei Novikov
Light Designer – Igor Tupikin
Choreography – Nikolai Kuglyant, Dmitri Genus
Musical Director – Grigori Uglov
Musical Selection – Roman Gabria
Sound Design – DJ Joy Pop (Dmitri Ivko)
The show's creators thank Ulyana Luchkina, Evgeny Perevalov, Mikhail Barsegov, Maria Sloeva, the Gorki Leninskiye Museum-Reserve and its director Igor Valeryevich Konyshev.
Maxim Gorky, a friend of Ulyanov; Doctor Kocher, a Swiss surgeon; Matov, a neighbor at 4 Rue Marie-Rose; a Junker from the Kazan Infantry College, appearing in a dream; Roman Vatslavovich Malinovsky, a Moscow police agent and member of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party; Prince Eletsky, a baritone from Tchaikovsky's opera The Queen of Spades
Independent theatre Award for young "Proryv" (2016)
Ksenia Morozova for the role of Nadezhda Krupskaya