|The Old-world Landowners|

Opening night: December 25, 2001
Running time: 1 h 15 m
Ticket price range: 700 rub.
Mindaugas Karbauskis, 30, apupil ofPyotr Fomenko and acountryman ofthe Lithuanian Eimuntas Nekrosius, debuted last season with three remarkable productions. Ofthem, Old World Landowners isthe most visual and the one least requiring translation. Init, Karbauskis avoids the use ofwords almost entirely, relying instead onarich palette ofvisual images and sounds asthe ideal international language glances, gestures, the monotonous hoot ofahorn, the footsteps ofservants orthe honking ofgeese asplayed byyoung actors. Gogol went back tothe ancient myth ofPhilemon and Baucis for his tale about anold married couple who solove each other that even death cannot part them. Karbauskis's work, onthe other hand, has echoes ofFomenko's fine-tuned details and Nekrosius's theatrical metaphors.