Photo: Tero Ahonen
SEAGULL – new forms
Red Nose Company premiered Anton Chekhov’s Seagull at the Espoo City Theatre on 21st of October 2015. The play was directed by Philip Boulay, a French director who has collaborated with the group from the start. Seagull was the ten year anniversary performance of the Red Nose Company.
In this performance Red Nose Company and director Boulay took their working method to a new level. The clowns' noses will be replaced by a more symbolic mask: a slightly whitened face with just a tinge of red on the nose. The previous performances of the group have been improvisational. This time the actors will play the Chekhovs caracters and the performance follows tightly the original text. Nevertheless, the actors' work will still be based on the principles of clownery. It will be precise, particularly present and communicative to all directions. Through the characters of Chekhov, Boulay wants to show us the world as a clown sees it. This will bring out the comedy and the delicacy of the play. We are used to see Seagull as a drama or a tragedy. RedNoseClub manifests something else. Seagull is a comedy as Chekhov thought it is.
The real original version
The French translators of Seagull, André Markowicz and Françoise Morvan, have read through the posthumous papers of Chekhov and have dug out new fragments of Seagull which had been cut out even before its premiere. Seagull of RedNoseClub will include all the text Chekhov originally wrote in his play. There are many significant elements that clarify the world of Seagull. This uncut version hasn’t been seen in Finland before.
A word from the director:
"The performance studies the audience's own relationship to the reality. The actors take the audience with them to create the performance. The performance is a study about ten characters - or human beings as Chekhov thougt. They talk a lot about love, which rarely is mutual, but always unrequited. This is the biggest drama of our lives."
Helsinki-Paris, January 2014
The working group:
Text: Anton Chekhov (the edition of Markowicz and Morvan, in Finnish Martti Anhava and Kaisa Kukkola)
Direction: Philip Boulay (France)
Set design: Max Wikström
Light design: Teemu Nurmelin
Sound design: Juha Tuisku
Costume design: Paula Koivunen
Actors: Teemu Aromaa, Eero Järvinen, Amira Khalifa, Riku Korhonen, Oskari Perkki, Jouko Puolanto, Minna Puolanto, Nora Raikamo, Tatu Siivonen, Niina Sillanpää and Jari Virman
Production: Jari Virman and Minna Puolanto, Espoo City Theatre
Photos: Tero Ahonen and Mikko Itälahti
Short film: Kasimir Lehto