29 january 03 may
by Anton Chekhov
directed by Luc Bondy
Marcel Bozonnet, Christiane Cohendy, Victoire Du Bois, Ariel Garcia Valdes, Laurent Grévill, Marina Hands, Coco Koënig, Yannik Landrein, Roch Leibovici, Micha Lescot, Quentin Laugier, Chantal Neuwirth, Nicolas Peduzzi, Missia Piccoli, Antoine Quintard, Dimitri Radochévitch, Fred Ulysse, Marie Vialle, and, alternating, the musicians : Philippe Borecek (accordion) - Philippe Arestan (violin) and Sven Riondet (accordion) - Alain Petit (violin)
С такими людьми, как вы, надо говорить прямо, без обиняков, и если вам не угодно слушать меня, то не слушайте!
Avec des gens comme vous il faut aller droit au but, sans détours, et si vous ne voulez pas m'écouter, alors ne m'écoutez pas !
Each of the acts in IVANOV ends with a bang: the decision by Anna Petrovna (who is sick) to go find her husband Ivanov at the party that Lebedev is throwing for his daughter Sacha ; her unexpected arrival at the precise moment that Ivanov and Sacha are locked in embrace ; finally, the horror-of-horror’s scene where Ivanov, harassed and overwhelmed, insults his wife and then announces to her that she is going to die soon. A year after the poor woman’s funeral, the play ends with Ivanov’s suicide, which he commits the same day he is supposed to be getting remarried. With IVANOV, Luc Bondy has staged what he believes to be the essence of modern theater and he quotes, in order to show the way, a letter from Chekhov to his editor Souvorin : «Deception, apathy, nerve-wracked fragility and fatigue are the inevitable consequence of an exaltation too heavy to bear. And yet, this exaltation, to the highest degree, intimately belongs to our youth. Seize literature, seize the present.»