Avangard Leontyev, People’s Artist of Russia, performs and comments A.S. Pushkin "The Bronze Horseman" and "Earl Nulin".
Comments are accompanied by video-display of manuscripts, portraits and photographs.
“When this rubbish (that's how he called inspiration) came upon him, he locked himself in his room and wrote in bed from morning till late evening, dressed quickly in order to dine at a restaurant, went out for three hours, and having come back, went to bed again and wrote until dawn. This lasted for about two, three weeks, up to a month, and it happened only once a year, always in the autumn. My friend assured me that only then did he know true happiness. ”
Pushkin. Excerpt (from an unfinished work)
Few contemporary actors feel the literary word so subtly and know Russian literature so deeply as the People’s Artist of Russia Avantgarde Leontyev. He himself defines the genre of his theatrical literary programs as a “sounding word”. Evenings with Avantgarde Leontyev may be similar to the traditional “reading concert” in form, but in fact they are much more: it is also a conversation with an attentive and sensitive companion, offering an exciting journey into Russian literature, who knows better than others how to make the word voluminous, lively, strong and exciting, and how to discern unexpected meanings on familiar (and maybe unfamiliar - Leontyev chooses not the best known works) pages. How to make verbal literature an almost tangible reality, so fascinating that the viewer will forget about everything that was left behind the doors of the auditorium.