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VICTORY OVER THE SUN

USA, 1984 (MIFF 1985)

Director: Robert Benedetti

A recreation of a 1913 Russian avant-garde opera - an extraordinary collaboration piece that influences performance art to this day. The original script by poet Alexsei Kruchenykh is written in the style which he called "beyond the mind” and attempts to communicate the internal state of the speaker directly. The piece was designed by the Russian Futurist painter Kasimir Malevich: his geometric costumes and backgrounds, lit by moving coloured spotlights, were a radical departure from any previous theatre design, and the composer Matiushin created a score in an atonal style similar to Kurt Weill's expressionistic work.

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