About the Director
Dmitry Krymov is the director of A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It).
Born in 1954, he has directed and designed various productions in Moscow which have established him as one of the most original directorial voices of his generation.
Krymov and his 'laboratory' present visually stunning, symbolic productions where every moment is original, hugely inventive and surprising. In Moscow, his performances are packed full of audience members hugely anticipating his next vision, waiting to be surprised and entertained.
Having designed over a hundred productions in Moscow throughout the '80s and '90s, Krymov fuses art, prose, poetry and popular culture to reimagine, with the help of his company, famous stories through a world of expressive and striking design.
In his productions, the design goes on a journey in the same way that the characters do. Set changes, buildings are created and images transformed. The actors often work with scene and props in the performance and construct objects before the audiences's eyes.
'The actors cut with knives the cardboard of the wall facing us – violent light clouts our eyes through the cuts – and we hear the infernal sound of a furnace or of an enormous oven, we hear and feel the violence of fire through the contours of the bodies, we stare at the fire, and all of sudden, blown by industrial-sized fans, pieces of paper and smoke, tons of paper, eerily resembling ashes, pour over us for what feels like an eternity. [...] We are not outside the work, we are inside it, we are the work making itself right now, in front of our eyes.'
Adrian Giurgea talks about Krymov's production Opus No. 7
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