KnAM Theatre | I haven’t begun to live yet / Я ЕЩЕ НЕ НАЧИНАЛ(А) ЖИТЬ
Overpowering and revealing Soviet tale
With a minimalist stage set, a maximum of stagecraft and the greatest possible courage, Tatiana Frolova presents an overpowering Russian story collage. Midway between fact and fiction, the founder of Russia's first independent theatre reconstructs the rise and fall of the former Soviet Union in I haven’t begun to live yet, which for hundreds of thousands of individuals meant death or deportation. With no more than a piece of chalk, a school board and video clips, Frolova unearths them from oblivion. Viewed from her perspective and that of her actors, closely interwoven personal stories shed light on the long shadow cast by illustrious Soviet leaders, from Lenin to Putin. Frolova unveils those wielding power and in doing so reveals an uncomfortable truth that many remain silent about. I haven’t begun to live yet is a touching performance about a century of disruptive Soviet politics, yet has even more to say about the consequences for the performers and their families.
"Tatiana Frolova delivers a hard-hitting show about Russian history"
Documentary creation and direction | Tatiana Frolova
Performers | Dmitrii Bocharov, Vladimir Dmitriev, German Iakovenko, Ludmila Smirnova, Tatiana Frolova
Sound | Vladimir Smirnov
Light | Tatiana Frolova
Video | Tatiana Frolova, Dmitrii Bocharov, Vladimir Smirnov
Production | KnAM Theatre, Russia
Stage producer | Théâtre Célestins, Lyon
Coproduction | Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon, Sens Interdits Festival, Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi – Scène conventionnée pour la diversité linguistique, Les Treize Arches – Scène conventionnée de Brive
With the support of | ONDA (French National Office of Artistic Distribution)
And | Ministry of Culture Russian Federation, Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation.