A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Juhan Viiding

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Venue: Estonian Writers’ Union (see on map)
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Original language: English, Estonian, Russian and Dutch
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One of the nice traditions of the HeadRead literary festival is our annual cooperation with the Poetry Friendship Theatre Studio run by poet, prose writer, dramatist and translator Jelena Skulskaja (1950), treating audiences to diverse literary-theatrical stage programmes. This year’s programme is based on one of the most important motifs in Western literary history – life as a dream. In the finale of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Puck turns to the audience with the words, ‘That you have but slumber’d here / While these visions did appear.’ Estonian poet Juhan Viiding has said something similar, ‘We know the face of our being. / There are things that cannot be forgotten. / There are lives that are a dream.’ The theatre studio will explore the dreamily beautiful works of Shakespeare, Viiding and other classics, performing them in Estonian, Russian, English and Dutch. The artistic director of the production is Jelena Skulskaja and it is produced by Skulskaja’s student Dmitri Sokolov. The performers are Sergei Bolšakov, Konstantin Kiss, Veronika Kuznets, Adelija Kamal, Aleksei Larin, An-Nika Lauwaerts, Ilja-Maksimilian Piljukov, Dmitri Sokolov and Alina Trotskaya.

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