The Three Sisters in French and Russian (Theatre de l'Enfumeraie and Teatr Tembr)


  • Maria Shevtsova


The   stage is small, its floor and walls covered in white cloth. To the right,   close to the edge of the stage, stands a half-size grand piano and a chair.   Behind the piano, ten white columns in the style of classical Greek   architecture are spaced out evenly in a semi-circle, leaving room between   them and the back wall for movement. As the spectators settle in for the   performance, a man dressed in early twentieth-century costume comes in and   plays the piano, his sounds -many of them discords -becoming increasingly   urgent. His tones echo Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Satie and Ravel, but   are not the music of any of them.