About the Project:
It was Alvis Hermanis who originally conceived the idea of dramatizing the famous stories by Vasily Shukshin, the classic writer of the Soviet era. Hermanis has been called a new humanist in world theatre. One of the qualities that singles him out as a director is the care with which he painstakingly observes the details of people' s daily lives, and this is true whether he is working with contemporary characters or characters originating from the past. Some have suggested that Hermanis creates a documentary theatre because of the utmost precision with which he observes and interprets the real worlds that he transforms and coaxes into theatre. He creates productions exclusively about what he knows and remembers. In this sense, Russian audiences are at a distinct advantage for, having grown up with Hermanis more or less in the same country, they share many similar memories with him. On the other hand, Hermanis's memory is unique. As rich as it is in minute detail, it never descends into a pointless nostalgia for the past, nor does it ever wallow in a vengeful rejection of the past.
Theatre of Nations