Engineering Theatre AKHE will play their “Pookh & Prakh” performance at Erarta Stage on 17 and 18 February.
From what initially seem to be miniature, fragmented episodes, a story is miraculously created like an intricate puzzle. Entirely silent, wordless performances conjure up the explosive conflict between a lonely man and a solitary woman. While they search the earth for love, they switch roles and flit through genres, adopt masks and manipulate puppets.
The play ‘Pookh and Prakh’ puts in the foreground a dynamic principle that love follows: it appears, disappears and appears again. From the very beginning, the audience is presented with a story of the disappearance of a love. The stage is gradually filled with dirt, the mess grows. The life of the man, who is still trying to prevent chaos, is nearing its end. The woman, after the eventual separation from the man, finds a way to return to her own self and avoids the breakdown.
The play puts the chaos of love in the perspective of a value per se: characters are substitutable, and at the end what we are left with are just symbols which tell us that the wheel of life is turning: love flourishes again like a fire which feeds on itself.
The title ‘Pookh and Prakh’ implies not only the original fragility and impermanence of man but also how small, almost null we are compared to the laws of nature outside our control. The troupe AKHE has a charming ability to show us our own weightless state in a simple way. We start to see our intricate lives as beautiful for the very fact they are so complicated.
Actors: Maksim Isaev, Pavel Semchenko, Natalia Shamina
Objects: Maksim Isaev, Pavel Semchenko
Music: Nick Sudnik, Andrey Sizintsev
Light: Alexander Kurgansky
Sound: Denis Antonov
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