Ballet based on “The Overcoat”, novel by N.V. Gogol.

Premiere took place on October 5, 2013, “Skorokhod” (St. Petersburg)

The play contains the elements of physical theatre, modern choreography and clowning, as well as singing, biomechanics and suprematic setting. “The Ballet” is just an indication of the way of thinking and development of the image going through movement and dance.

“The structure of the play is a sequence of episodes or scenes, although the director and the composer declared it to be threefold (which is in conformity with Gogol’s novel)”. This sequence goes along with the clowing cut-off intermissions performed by Sergey Azeev and Ilya Del. This anecdotic pair, Gogol and Pushkin, are in a sense two wacky thugs in sportswear and inapporiate hats, are doing silly things and amusing the public as if in a marketplace theatre, on the edge of vulgarity. Here you can see Gogol breaking an egg against Pushkin’s forehead and viciously eating it all out, and Pushkin chewing Gogol’s sausage, and them both drinking Coca-Cola and burping thereafter. Kind of widely visualized quibbles. Partially it is game against conveyor-type school education that makes classic authors look like a joke or like stone idols. On the other hand, it is an analysis of the consciousness that hosts these clichés.”

“Kushnir’s music is really one of the actors in this piece. It is the voice ironic and sympathetic, humane and theatrical; it is the voice, that does not expose itself, but it is not faceless, to put it simply, it is a talented voice. It seems that it is music that represents the protagonist of the play that managed to find his own, a very correct way. ” ( St. Petersburg Theatrical Journal, Anna Barkova, November 2013). OVERCOAT. BALLET. This is the tragedy of a little man, and it is an image of heartless bureaucratic machine, and discrimination, and gender equality. It is clowning. Two clowns, Pushkin and Gogol, are choking on their own tears, so invisible to the world.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Awards and nominations

Youth Theatre Professionals Award “Proryv” [Breakthrough] (“Best Director” for Maxim Didenko, “Best Actress“ for Gala Samoylova).

Nomination for grand-prix of the Kuryokhin Modern Art Award

The music written by composer Ivan Kushnir specially for this play, has been awarded with the Diploma of 2013 Christmas Parade.


Maxim Didenko

Pavel Semchenko

Ivan Kushnir

Libretto by
Maxim Didenko

Maxim Didenko
Vladimir Varnava
Marina Zinko

Lighting Designer
Igor Fomin


Sergey Azeev
Evgeny Anisimov
Ilya Del
Gala Samoylova
Nick Khamov