Author: A. Puskhin

Premiere took place on April 30, 2014 (Yermolaeva Studio Theatre, Omsk)

Eternal themes in a human life, such as power and love, God, genius. It is a search for a new language to express Pushkin’s stories and the relevance of today. The play is mostly musical. The play is combosed on the basis of the feast episode from “A Feast in Time of Plague.” The famous characters from “The Scanty Knight”, “Mozart and Salieri”, “The Stone Guest” appear as pedestals on gravestones, in unique plastic figures created by director-choreographer.

The feast is a funeral and a permanent holiday. Life is a holiday that impetuously rushes and rushes to reach death … And funeral is a celebration of life. Hence, the leading idea of the play is a farewell to the past.

“Here we are doing “Little Tragedies” by Pushkin. In this project, what I really like is the interaction with the original text. So, here we go.

I have a certain foretaste of what should be the result, but in fact I do not know what it will be. I like it when I manage to find some satisfactory compliance in a situation, materials, people and process. I want to create something living, that will continue to live. Recently, we have had an argument with one theatre artist: she says that now it is time for concepts, rather than for straight-line narratives, and I said that my concept is when what I do is okay with me and attracts public interest.

I think this is important because theatre represents an institution that is very much tied to the exchange of information with the public. If the people are not interested, it means that the factory is not working. And the factory has to work! In this world, there is so much confusion, so many unnecessary things. Although it is a tautology, but it is necessary to create necessary things.” (Maxim Didenko)

The play features the musi by Mozart, Schnittke, Jacques Brel, Roger Waters, Maria Vila, Caetano Veloso.

Didenko provides a very original denomination of the genre of the new play – Mass/Paraphrase. “Mass means liturgical chants, Catholic chants, while paraphrase is a kind of transposition of something known onto something new. In this case this is a transcription of an original text into free interaction; and it is a mass because one way or another it is about death and it is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother “, – Maxim Didenko explained the choice of genre.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes


Director and choreographer
Maxim Didenko

Pavel Semchenko


Valentina Bezverkhaya
Tatiana Gashenko
Dmitry Zhalnov
Ivan Mineev
Irina Postonogova
Ekaterina Romaniv
Vitaly Romanov
Boris Rudenko
Evgeny Slavgorodskaya
Vitaly Sosoy
Viktor Styopkin
Natalia Tyshchenko
Alyona Ustinova
Polina Fofanova
Evgeny Khabirov