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Visceral Show ofBabel's'Red Cavalry' Hits Home

Isaac Babel isone ofthe most enigmatic writers not only ofthe early Soviet era, but inall ofRussian literature. Hewrote plenty tobeincluded among the greats, but the truth isthat most ofhis important works fit into two volumes. There isavery complete four-volume collection available.

Although hewrote acouple ofplays, Babel, like Anton Chekhov, was aborn writer ofshort prose. Hewas awriter ofexact phrases, tough observations and absolute honesty.

Unlike Chekhov, hetended totrain his withering eye onatrocities. His stories ofpogroms and the Civil War inand around Odessa bear astonishing witness tothe commonplace nature ofviolence and evil. Paradoxically, they impart the beauty ofart tothings that cannot possibly bebeautiful inany way.

Enter the Dmitry Brusnikin Studio ofthe Moscow Art Theater, that group ofoverachieving acting students who have created such astir inthe Moscow theater community over the last two seasons. This time, under the direction ofMaxim Didenko, they have unleashed “The Red Cavalry,“ anin-yer-face interpretation ofIsaac Babel stories. Itplays from time totime atthe Meyerhold Center.

Didenko, who also choreographed with Ilya Oshi and Irina Galushkina, does not avoid Babel's words byany stretch ofthe imagination, but hedoes move them toadifferent plane. Sometimes they are projected onthe back wall, sometimes they are spoken, although not really heard. That isintended. This isavisual, emotional, sonic, physical mash-up that translates Babel's often merciless, but candid, vision into the language ofimages.

It isanepisodic piece that isbroken down into “pages,“ each ofwhich tells anew story, sometimes with characters repeated, sometimes not.

In away that isreminiscent ofnews stories wesee and hear today, the action sweeps inzigzags northward across Ukraine, beginning inOdessa. Some ofthe towns bear names weknow well: Novorossiisk, Zhitomir, Berdichev. Here crimes are perpetrated, murders committed, plans for vengeance hatched, and hopes for remaining out ofthe line offire dashed.

Don't expect astraightforward story from Didenko's “Red Cavalry.“ He's not interested inyou contemplating anything, atleast until you leave the theater with your ears ringing and your eyes still dilated. Hewants you toexperience Babel, toexperience war and mayhem onSlavic lands. Having done that, you can gothink about itlater.

The scenes, orpages, depict most everything you would expect ofatale ofwar: perfidy, violence, grief, fury, fear. Afather ismurdered, and adaughter's wailing song oflament transforms into arhythmic, blood-curdling scream.

There isanarrator, akind ofwitness and participant, who assures usthat heistelling the truth. What the truth is, however, isanyone's guess. The narrator isascaught upinthe violence and chaos asmuch asanyone else.

Phrases are fired into the air like bullets. “Ilove the Revolution.“ „Poles kill Jews.” „Others kill Poles.” „The Revolution does good.” „But good people don't kill.”

Where does one goafter arevelation like that? Puffs oftalc spread across the stage, laying low everyone asthough they have been sprayed with poison gas.

Surely itisnocoincidence that the further wemove into this chaotic, but tightly controlled, performance, the less clothes attempt tocover the bodies onstage. Love trysts, rapes, mass graves they all begin tomerge into one, although each scene depicting each isdirected, choreographed and acted with aprecision and depth that one simply would not expect tosee inagroup ofstudents.

Naked bodies dragged, attacked, dancing, hiding parade across the stage. Woman and man intheir primal state gorgeous and oppressively vulnerable either withstand the onslaught ofviolence, orthey donot. Some are chosen for one purpose, others for others.

At two hours and 15 minutes without abreak, this show for abrief moment raises the question: Isittoo long? And then you think: Isn't war too long? Any mass extermination? Any single execution? Any violent death ofaparent orchild?

No.This “Red Cavalry” isright ontarget.

The Moscow Times
, 22-10-2014


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