Serebrennikov | Kukushkin | Aidu | Barmenkov
MAN WITH NO NAME
Serebrennikov | Kukushkin | Aidu | Barmenkov
MAN WITH NO NAME

Premiere took place in Gogol Center in Moscow on February 26th, 2021


World premiere took place in Gesher Theatre on July 5, 2023.

Duration: 1h 40 mins, no intermission

Age restrictions: 18+

Language: Russian, German, English

The stunning theatrical phantasmagoria Man with No Name was composed by people with big names: Gogol Center leading actor Nikita Kukushkin, composer and performer Peter Aidu, designer Alexander Barmenkov and, finally, the founder of the Gogol Center himself, Kirill Serebrennikov. The show is an amazing example of "horizontal theatre" where each participant is a star.

At the centre of the show is the historical figure of Prince Vladimir Odoevsky, a writer, philosopher, inventor of new musical instruments and culinary recipes, visionary and mystic, who they called "the Russian Faust”. However, the genre of this enigmatic action is far from biopic. Man with No Name is beyond any genre. Critical relevance, high metaphysics, surreal visions, acrobatics, clowning - everything is blended here in an alchemical crucible. Every turn of story balances on the edge of life and death, reality and dream, madness and insight.

The show about the "Russian Faust '' who is painfully trying to find answers to eternal and vital questions was originally staged in pre-war Moscow, but surprisingly has become even more relevant now. It is about how the power of imagination and talent can overcome the shackles of a totalitarian regime, the determinism of life, and even gravity. A unique instrument made of ten reassembled acoustic pianos and household utensils, a panharmonikon, occupies most of the stage. In Man with No Name the panharmonikon replaces an entire orchestra. and Nikita Kukushkin's fantastic way of acting replaces a whole ensemble of actors.

Kukushkin travels through the centuries, in the blink of an eye transforming from our contemporary into a Russian prince of the XIX century, then from the prince into a nameless character of the times to come, and then also into Beethoven, into an emperor, into a policeman, into a child. Sometimes he breaks away from the sinful earth and literally floats above the stage.

The performance staged at the Gogol Center now sounds like a hymn to the very phenomenon of the innovative theatre which has become the last island of salvation and resistance in a Russia gradually plunging into dictatorship. Shortly after the outbreak of war, the Gogol Center was destroyed but the spirit of incredible creative freedom that had been built into its foundation has been preserved in one of its most important productions. Recently, it miraculously managed to revive outside of Russia.

Marina Davydova
Director, theater critic & journalist

Kirill Serebrennikov: Prince Odoyevsky—if you look at him from today's perspective—is actually a man of a time of a sort of ruin that is quite similar to where we find ourselves now. The character or his alter ego attempts to go deeper, inward, into the corridors of his memory and of his own fantasy, moving farther and farther away from a reality that is thinning, becoming aggressive, threatening to destroy everything. The only way for the Prince to preserve his inner child is the sanctuary of his own imagination.
ESPECIALLY FOR THE PLAY "MAN WITH NO NAME", COMPOSER PETR AIDU CREATED A UNIQUE INSTRUMENT - PANHARMONIKON, CONSISTING OF TEN REASSEMBLED MECHANICAL PIANOS.
ESPECIALLY FOR THE PLAY "MAN WITH NO NAME", COMPOSER PETR AIDU CREATED A UNIQUE INSTRUMENT - PANHARMONIKON, CONSISTING OF TEN REASSEMBLED MECHANICAL PIANOS.
The Original Team
Joint creation
  • Kirill Serebrennikov
    Director
  • Nikita Kukushkin
    Actor and director
  • Alexander Barmenkov
    Design

  • Peter Aidu
    Music and instruments 
Producers
  • Irina Paradnaya
    General producer
  • Yara Ziva-Chernova
    Executive producer
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Media about the performance
In the new performance of the Gogol Center "Man with No Name", the star of this theater, actor Nikita Kukushkin, travels through time and turns into Prince Odoevsky, into Beethoven, for a moment into a gendram and creates a fantastic cosmos on stage from music, literature, alchemy, philosophy and culinary.
…saying goodbye to the troupe, the now former artistic director of the Gogol Center, Kirill Serebrennikov, wrote on his Instagram that “the theater and freedom are more important and wider, and therefore more tenacious than all kinds of officials, circumstances, and even more important and wider than their creators. Try to make sure that the theater remains alive, and freedom is necessary for you. And he himself was the first to set an example, releasing a few days ago the play "The Man Without a Name" - a living hymn to freedom and the immensity of human consciousness and will.
GQ
Nikita Kukushkin has grown into an artist of great talent. Prince Odoevsky in the new performance of the Gogol Center "Man with No Name” Nikita plays as a great, deep and serious master.
 Pavel Rudnev, Theatre critic
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Past performances
July 5 - 6, 2023
July 5 - 6, 2023
Gesher Theatre
Tel-Aviv, Israel
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