The Dialect of a Great Culture

Olga Kaniskina

ITI-INFO, № 1

N1  2011
TODAY ON THE COVER OF OUR MAGAZINE IS A SCENE FROM THE( PRODUCTION ENTITLED “HONEY” BY YURY LYUBIMOV (DIRECTOR-PRODUCER) AND TONINO GUERRA (AUTHOR OF THE POEM AND THE STAGE DESIGN).

They are long-time friends — legendary patriarchs of the art of the world, who are both in their nineties and have both managed to maintain an extraordinary zest for life. A scriptwriter for the majority of the greatest movies of the 20 th century, coauthor of Fellini, Antonioni, De Sica, Tarkovsky, Angelopoulos, Bertolucci, the Taviani brothers, creator of unique fountains, mosaics, paintings, panel-paintings, ceramics, sundials and sculptures, Tonino Guerra, this Renaissance Man, continues to write poems that he began composing back in his youth, when, in a concentration camp, he wanted to give encouragement to his fellow inmates. “Honey“ is an epitaph to the “departing life“, a world, alive only in the memory of people that “spoke solely in dialect”: „Out of the one thousand two hundred, there are only nine of us left.” In this world time flows without ever picking up speed. And bees pollinate flowers, just as nature intended, instead of being taken to fruit trees on hive-transporting trains. And people don't break away from their roots, don't become lost at the construction of yet another Great Wall of China, and don't forget their native language.
Everything is of value in this world. The way cats cough under apricot trees in

wintertime. The way the taste of well water differs from rain water that „smells, lightning”. The way the pages of ! unknown books rustle in appreciation, о grateful to the monk who saved them from a rain-flooded library. The o rose dies, powerless to hold on to its petals, and the way two brothers die in a hospital room, continuing to hold each other's hand till the last moment. Guerra's blank verse blends effortlessly;with the music of Schnittke and Martynov Lyubimov holds nothing back when it comestoemotional climaxes, emphasizing the measured tread of inexorable time, Anthing can become such a climax — sight of a cherry tree in bloom that made both brothers take off their hats without so much as a word to each other.
Or strange action by a local fool, who blew out his candle — a dream's guarantee- on a windswept bridge (a rhyme for “Nostalgia“).
When you watch “Honey“, you begin to understand how few there are left of those people, who speak the “dialect” of a great, warm, harmonious and whole culture; those, who allow you to taste fear and sweetness from licking the honey of life off of a sharp knife.
In April of this year „Honey” will open the Festival of the Union of European Theatres in Saint Petersburg, timed to coincide with the „Europe for the Theatre” and the New Theatre Reality award ceremony. This year the main award was shared by Yury Lyubimov and Peter Stein.

YURY LUBIMOV
actor, director, theatre pedagogue, created the so called ^^^^^^^^^ author's theatre, which aroused in 1964, when Yury Lubimov had established Taganka Drama and Comedy Theatre. Lubimov has honorary awards of the USSR, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Japan, France.

TONINO GUERRA
script writer, poet, painter, sculptor, playwright, I architect. He worked as script writer with Antonioni, Fellini, Rosie, De Santis, De Sica, Bolonini, Damiani, Monicelli, Tarkovsky, Naumov, Khrzhanovsky and others.

2011





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