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