Past Event

Opus No. 7

Sat 1 Feb 2014

Conceived and directed by Dmitry Krymov
Set design by Vera Martynova and Maria Tregubova

Dmitry Krymov is one of the most influential figures in Russian theatre. Rarely seen in the UK, his works are deeply moving, visually majestic theatrical experiences that conjure beguiling images on a grand scale – unmissable for anyone interested in bold, thought-provoking theatre.

This bewitching, genre-blending performance pitches you headlong into a world in which objects, sounds and people can change in the blink of an eye. Progressing from a lyrical and starkly beautiful requiem for the Jews of Eastern Europe to an hallucinogenic exploration of the tortured life and career of the Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich, Opus No. 7’s ensemble of performers use simple materials and extraordinary skill to explore an elusive and frightening past. Featuring original music by Alexander Bakshi alongside Shostakovich’s harrowing Piano Trio No. 2 and his epic Seventh Symphony, Opus No. 7 is a theatrical explosion of invention that includes larger-than- life puppets, duelling pianos, living walls and blizzards of newsprint.