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Ideological Defile. inspired by “Me-Ti. Book of Changes” by Bertolt Brecht

General concept, script, staging, light –

Vadim Zakharov, Maria Porudominskaya

Costumes – Vadim Zakharov

Composer: Alexei Sysoev

Producer – Anna Gor

Curator – Ivetta Vechhayzer

Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, 2013



ME-TI (MO-ZI) - Dmitry Savrasov-Perelman

KIN (BRECHT) - Igor Besschastnov

MI-EN-LEH (LENIN) - Mikhail Morozov

KA-MEH (MARX) - Ivan Vlasov

NI-EN (STALIN) - Lev Harlamov

EN-FU (ENGELS) - Alexander Schulpinov

LAI-TU (RUTH BERLAU) - Natalia Pshenichnikova

MEISTER HE-LEH (HEGEL) - Alexander Barkovsky

SA (ROSA LUXEMBURG) - Evgenia Denisova

HI-JEH (HITLER) - Alexey Kapralov

TO-TSI (TROTZKI) - Anton Schagvin


RO (SCHÜLER VON ME-TI) - Alexey Danilogorsky 

Gesamtkonzept, Skript, Szenografie, Lichtkonzept:

Vadim Zakharov, Maria Porudominskaja

Kostümdesign: Vadim Zakharov


Komponist  – Alexey Sysoev

Vocaltraining: Natalia Pshenichnikova



Percussion – Dmitry Vlasik

Solo Vocal: Natalia Pshenichnikova


Das Ensemble “No Name” in folgender

Zusammensetzung :

Klavier: Mark Buloshnikov 

Flöte: Maria Stetsyura 

Violoncello: Anastasia Butorina

Violine: Valeria Silkina 

Perkussion: Yana Kozulina


Producer – Anna Gor

Curator – Ivetta Vechhayzer


Übersetzung des Werkes “Me-ti Buch der Wendungen”

aus dem Deutschen: Sergei Zemljanoi


Kostümschneiderin: Elena Gladysheva

Lichttechnik: Evgeni Kamenski

Tontechnik: Svetlana Vasenina & Dmitry Sychev

Hair / Make Up: Tatiana Dmitrievskaya

Umsetzung des Schuhwerks:

Atelier “Elita“ (Nizhny Novgorod)


Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, 2013 


Sometimes, to understand the present we need to look to the past. We lack in dimensional vision. We need a different point of reference. But it is no easy task to find it. The work «Me-Ti. Book of changes» of Bertolt Brecht concentrates on historical figures, philosophers, poets. Brecht did not risk approaching analysis of his epoch alone. His thoughts are contradictory, much like his life. The book does not always present an obvious answer to whose views the author shares. However, perhaps it is this fact which gives the feeling of insight into reality of the contradictory times. 

The characters are well familiar to everyone – Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Trotsky, Marx and Engels, Rosa Luxemburg, Feuchtwanger, Hegel, and Brecht himself together with Ruth Berlau – his lady friend of the certain period of his life. All the characters appear under pseudo Chinese names: Ka-Me, Eh-Fu, Mi-En-Leh, Ni-En, Hi-Eh, To-Dzi, Fe-Khu-Wang, Sah, Lai-Tu, He-Le, ancient philosopher Me-Ti. Topicality and effectuality of the book at present are unbelievable. Many of the names mentioned above took an active part in forming our current mad life. We are still rummaging through disgusting waste left by them, crying out to the sky – How could this happen?! How people of the twentieth century let it happen? And, of course: can all of this repeat in future?

        Vadim Zakharov

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