The Golgen Ass. Composition "White"
Boris Yukhananov’s “new processual” project is devoted to work interpreting Apuleius’ novel Metamorphosis or The Golden Ass.
The project is conducted in a manner that is completely new for Russian theatre: the genre of the open-circuited workspace.
"Hello! My name is Lucius Sokolov. I will tell you the story of my life, the story about one woman in my life!" Thus does Lucius begin his refined speech, dedicating it to the enchanting beauty of the charming maid Fotis and, in particular, to the strength and attractiveness of women's hair. "I could no longer endure the torment of such burning lust. Approaching her at that very place from which her hair was bound at the very top, I imprinted there the sweetest kiss.”
Lucius encountered these and similar visits even before his ill-fated transformation, but, having been transformed into an ass, and having passed considerable trials, he one day meets on his journey a wealthy and noble matron. In no way finding a cure for his terrible ailment, the matron, for a large reward, conspires with the night watchman to spend one night with the ass...
In Russian with English subtitles.