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In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

Dailes Theatre
Timofei Kuljabin
Bernard-Marie Koltes
May 28th 2022 in Dailes Theatre
Author Bernard-Marie Koltès
Director Timofey Kulyabin
Stage Designer Oleg Golovko
Dramaturge Roman Dolzhanskiy
Sound Designer Timofei Pastukhov
Video Designer Alexander Lobanov
Lead camerman Vladimir Burtcev
Director of Video Production Anastasiia Zhuravleva
Lighting Artist Oskars Pauliņš
Choreographer Anna Abalikhina
Cast John Malkovich, Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė

The story of a secret encounter between two people. They are strangers, but one has something that the other needs. For a deal to happen, one of them needs to find a way to say what it is they need. They need to find words and to find language that is incomprehensible to others, but meaningful to them - specific and direct. There is palpable desire between them. But still there is a fear of confessing to desire, the fear of becoming vulnerable. Fear of the stranger.

Bernard-Marie Koltès’ play is performed by theatre and cinema stars John Malkovich and Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė.

Russian director Timofey Kaulyabin, the brightest star of his generation, says: “In 2022, the subject of banned, unspoken and irresistible attraction needs to be addressed differently. We are creating a show of secret desire that is punishable and which any society recognizes as criminal – according to the law.

There are two actors in this play, but only one scene. We spend most of our time in subconscious, nightmarish visions of a hero we don't see. Instead, there are two mutually opposed figures on the stage, engaging in a tense, angry and complex dialogue. This is an inner dialogue with the self – with secret desires and fears. With what one doesn't dare to say to oneself - and which one can't get rid of without depriving oneself of life. This is the story of human complexity in a world in which complexity becomes something unwelcome, misplaced, inappropriate. This world creates internal discord, a dissonance that kills a man from the inside, like a deadly disease.”

Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948-1989, France) is the author of more than twenty plays. Among the best known are West Pier, In The Solitude of Cotton Fields and Roberto Zucco. They have been translated into almost forty languages and incorporated into theatrical repertoires worldwide. Major European directors including Patrice Chéreau, Peter Stein, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Michael Talheimer, Kama Gingrich, Luis Pascual and others have successfully staged Koltès.