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Mayakovsky / Oktober

 

FUCK THE ELITE. They’ve sold our country out! Art for the people. REVOLUTION. The people have been betrayed. Down with the greedy. The ivory-tower corridors of power network has abandoned the people. Everything must change! Make Russia Great Again.

For years now, De Warme Winkel has been making waves with a genre of their own invention: ‘oeuvre-pieces’ in which the work, life and zeitgeist of an artist are hurled against the canvas of the present. One hundred years on from the October Revolution, it’s time to take on Russia’s most important literary futurist: Vladimir Mayakovsky.

This celebrated poet was also an author, a suicide, a draughtsman and an innovator in many different areas – a pen-wielding muscleman with his face pressed right up hard against the future. Not only was his poetry unlike anything that went before – so was the way it was laid out, and so were his thoughts, the way he lived and how he presented all this to the outside world – all totally new. 

In Mayakovsky/October, De Warme Winkel takes on an era when politics wasn’t confined to media storms-in-a-teacup and clapping hands in conference rooms. A time when love was politics. Art a political act. Politics was always in your head and in your home. Politics with a capital P.

The parallels between the rising of the people, sweeping away the elites of Russia in 1917 and the Western World now are inescapable – but the contrasts are just as glaring. This play will also be an elegy to protest and revolt.
Because where are the clenched fists, the wrecking ball of innovation, the hunger, the shiny new merciless futuristic conviction and huge heart of Mayakovsky today? 
 

Image Vladimir Mayakovsky: Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1924 © ullstein bild - United Archives / World History Archive

Image: Jan Dirk van der Burg 


Credits

concept and performance Dik Boutkan, Lois Brochez (intern), Annelinde Bruijs, Sara Lâm (intern), Martijn Nieuwerf, Vincent Rietveld, Mara van Vlijmen 
end director Marien Jongewaard
directing assistant Rebekka Nilsson (intern)
scenography and lighting Julian Maiwald
sound Miguel Rodriguez
technical assistant Martijn van Nunen (intern)
costumes Bernadette Corstens
production coordinator Carry Hendriks 
production Floortje Halters
technical coordinator Hans-Peter Hulscher 
commercial manager Silvie Dees 
planning and sales Marloes Marinussen
office manager Thomas Vandewalle 
marketing and publicity Sanne van de Kraats

A co-production between De Warme Winkel with deSingel Antwerp and Stadschouwburg Amsterdam.

 

25/01/2017 |