People in Transition


What is transition? Who are the people in transition? Artists are considered to be the most sensitive people to transitions or changes. That led us to ask these questions from them. From Marc Chagall to this day, the creation and stories of artists, of the real people in transition, have opened up hidden conflicts between generations, nations and countries. Social and cultural changes around the world relate not only to the transformations of political regimes, but also, for example, to migratory waves. Artists answer to questions about themselves, time and the environment in which their creation is born or remains unborn. These answers reach us through personal stories that change in time and space. Each story defines the transition in its own way, each new place can give the creation a new direction. For what reasons are artists creating now? There are many answers, and every one of them reflects the everyday of the current time.

“I have realized that life itself directs in the most paradoxical, terrifying, and best ways. I have known since then that the documentary text answers my questions much better than what the playwrights can.” (Mihhail Patlasov, 2020)

Director Mihhail Patlasov is a two-time winner of the Russian National Theatre Prize “Golden Mask” and a laureate of St. Petersburg’s highest theatrical award “Zolotoi sofit”. Patlasov is currently the director of the Alexandrisk Theater in St. Petersburg.

The performance is put together of conversations with Estonian artists: Ene-Liis Semper, Marko Mäetamm, Alexei Gordin, Raul Kurvitz, Olesja Katšanovskaya-Münd, Artemy Troitsky, Maria Bonchuk & Sergei Haragoriev, Dmitri Filiminov, Andrei Kedrin, Sergei Minin, Ingrid Margus and Martin Saar, Bita Razavi, Edith Karlson, and Darvi, Volitara, Farín. Alina Tihhonova, Daniel Kolpaktchi, Alexander Openko, Eduard Zentsik.

“People in transition” is part of the Vaba Lava 2020/2021 season curator program, which is titled “Breaking Time People”. The focus is on the years 1989-2019 in the Baltics and the area’s closest neighbours: Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The curator of the program is Lithuanian playwright Marius Ivaškevičius.

Performance is in Estonian with Russian subtitles.