A bilingual performance by JAG Art, a theatrical troupe which was founded by SSEES alumni.
St. Petersburg was home to the Stray Dog Cabaret, where many of the poets, musicians and artists of the Silver Age first presented their works in the years before the Revolution. JAG Art’s hour-long show – “A Cloud in Trousers” – provides an imaginative portrayal of the Revolution and its aftermath, as well as recreating the lively atmosphere of the Stray Dog Cabaret, where the artists originally presented their songs, music and poetry. Interspersing the original texts with translations, the actors will celebrate the early poetry of the Silver Age, following this with a short one-act drama about the Revolution, through a few prose extracts and ending with some of the poets’ haunting final work.
This performance, which was staged at Waterstone’s, Piccadilly last autumn, will include poems (in Russian and English translation) by Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva and Pasternak, as well as by Blok, Esenin, Gumilyev and Mayakovsky.
A welcome glass of wine is included in the price.