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Dorogaya Yelena Sergeevna

NCPA International Theatre Festival 2017/Works by Famous Chinese Contemporary Directors Invitational Exhibition
National Theatre of China Drama Dorogaya Yelena Sergeevna

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Theatre
Dates: August 16-20, 2017

This drama is written by Russian writer Lyudmila Razumovskaya, translated by TONG Ning and directed by ZHA Mingzhe. Dorogaya Yelena Sergeevna, which premiered in 2003, is in the classic repertoire of National Theatre of China, starring LIU Xiaocui, ZHA Zha, ZHANG Yicong, GU Kejia and ZHANG Ruochen in the 2017 edition.

Executive Presenter: ZHOU Yuyuan
Playwright: Lyudmila Razumovskaya
Translator: TONG Ning
Director: ZHA Mingzhe
Set Designer: XIU Yan
Lighting Designer: LU Weidong
Costume Designer: LU Chunwei
Makeup Designer: REN Wei
Prop Designer: SONG Fushan
Sound Designer: ZHOU Tao
Music Arrangement: ZOU Ye
Movement Designer: ZHANG Ping
Movement Director: LIU Yujia
Assistant Set Designer: CHEN Si
Executive Director: ZHA Zha
Stage Supervisor: HUO Wenfa
Technical Management: LI Chun
Production/Performance Coordinator: ZHANG Jian
Promotion Coordinator: QIAO Zongyu
Graphic Designer: CHEN Rujia
Presenter/Producer: National Theatre of China
This performance is authorized by China Written Works Copyright Society

Yelena Sergeevna (teacher): LIU Xiaocui
Volodya (student): ZHA Zha
Bassa (student): ZHANG Yicong
Lala (student): GU Kejia
Vectra (student): ZHANG Ruochen
Members of Drum Ensemble: ZHU Fang, XUAN Yi, WANG Lulu, LI Bei, ZHAO Jiatan, SUN Tao

After 14 years since premiere, the drama Dorogaya Yelena Sergeevna still has its significance in contemporary Chinese society and reality according to its director ZHA Mingzhe. In the revival, director ZHA constantly has formed new ideas in characterization while communicating with young performers. He thinks that performers should not only act as bad teenagers in the drama, but play the part of the real social beings struggling to make a choice, to speak for social ideals and morals.

The lonely, melancholy math teacher Yelena Sergeevna has never thought that on such a cold snowy night, four of her students would have come to celebrate her birthday that she has almost forgotten. More unexpectedly, there is a “game” of youth hidden behind the beautiful flowers.

The “game” starts from a key. The teenagers want to use it to unlock the safe which keeps the examination papers, and exchange them with the right answers they have brought. Since they are tenth graders who about to graduate, unsatisfactory graduation examination results will ruin their future. Yelena is the one who keeps the key, and she refuses to give it to her students.

As the “game” goes on, dream and reality, truth and lie, passion and indifference, persistence and confusion, rule and free, defense and destruction, past and future, all are fighting against each other.

What will it be like tomorrow after the struggle?

Source: National Centre for the Performing Arts
Date: 2017-08-10