Akhe Theatre


Gobo. Digital Glossary

Teatro Maria Matos
14, 15 May at 10pm

PERFORMERS Maxim Isaev e Pavel Semchenko
LIGHT DESIGN Vadim Gololobov
MUSIC Andrey Sizintsev
VIDEO Oleg Mikhaylov
TECHNIQUE Objects and visual theatre
TIME 50 minutes
LANGUAGE Without words

One of Russia's best known independent theatre groups, Akhe will be again a guest at FIMFA this year. The group likes to call its stage productions “Engineer Theatre“, with a certain touch of irony since their performances are full of absurdities, strange objects and artistic quotations. By their special specifications it is appropriate to speak about Akhe as “Optical Theatre” or “Russian Engineering Theatre”. They like to consider themselves only as Operators. The Space is one of the main characters of the show. The Space manipulated by the Operators is valuable and sufficient by itself.

Akhe returns with more bizarre props and hand-made scenography, and another kaleidoscope of curious happenings and fantastic images… mixing installations, video, visual arts and photography.

“Gobo. Digital Glossary” is an attempt of portraying a mythical hero of the digital era, the Gobo. It mixes animation, cinema, painting, elements of nature and digital technology, oscillating between an installation and mini-performances. The set design is just a complex laboratory full of objects, cables, cameras, liquids, puppets, laser beams and electric guitars, set for this special poetic experimentation. Mini-cameras registrate the events that are projected in screens to obtain a kind of ‘multiple vision’ of the same fact.

A truly Dadaist enjoyment… poetical and incoherently fabulous like a story that can take us to where we would be afraid of dreaming, open our eyes and live an adventure.

From obscurity to light, from laugh to cry, from absurd to empathy…

Akhe Theatre was founded by three members of Boris Ponizovski theatre "Yes - No" (Maksim Isaev, Pavel Semtchenko, Vadim Vasiliev) in 1989. Immediately the company announced itself as independent (in style and form) and started their activity in performance, cinema and fine art.
From 1996 they consider themselves more like a theatre collective, creating for the regular (in classical terms) stage the performance "Catalogue of the Hero". Since then the group is a regular participant in theatre festivals in Russia and abroad. The members of the group also take part in different theatre projects with other groups and theatres: Derevo (Russ-Germ.), Lantaaren (Nederl.), Toihaus (Austr.), Slava Polunin (Russ.). They work as artists, stage designers, film directors, painters and designers.