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Jean Genet (1910-1986) is an enfant terrible of the French avant-garde. His novel “Our Lady of the Flowers”, written in prison, at first horrifies and then delights Jean Cocteau, who will open Jean the way to the world of French literature. “The Maids” (1947-2010) continues on the theme of individual freedom, entering into conflict with society in Jean’s oeuvre.

Performed for the first time at the Satyricon Theater in 1988, “The Maids” made Viktyuk a bohemian icon and the symbol of a new theatrical movement. This marked the beginning of the new style, which later became known as the “Viktyuk style”, featuring the subtle lines of Art Nouveau, beauty and fantastic theatricality of action taking place on stage.

Two housemaids, the sisters Claire and Solange, have worked for many years for the same lady, who always treated them very well. However, the sisters become jealous of their boss’ wealth and decide to kill her. This performance is bold, brassily; it looks at the conventions of society and turns them into some very exciting acting.

Viktyuk’s young and bright cast made new staging of the play possible. According to the critics, the new version of “The Maids” is a contemporary legend and one of the greatest hits of the past few seasons. This performance, full of overwhelming energy, will never be forgotten by audience members across generations. A major event for theater lovers and many others!

In the year of 1991, a New York Times theater critic wrote an article entitled “With his new ‘The Maidens’, Viktyuk made the same revolution as Lenin in 1917!”

Production Notes

  • Theatre Company
  • Roman Viktyuk Theatre
  • Country
  • Russia
  • Parental rating
  • Not recommended for children under 18
  • Duration
  • 150 minutes
  • Original language
  • Russian
  • Year
  • 2015
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre
  • Drama

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