Everything you are going to see in our theatre’s production is an experiment. This story is based on the famous legend of the fated love of Tristan and Izolde, popular characters of Celtic mythology. The concept of the play, as devised by the director, is to draw an analogy between two traditional cultures, Celtic and Udmurt. Part of the action takes place in Arsa, the land where the ancient Udmurts used to live.
The first act is set in Cornwales and Ireland and mirrored in the second act that takes place in Arsa.
We believe an experiment like that is perfectly reasonable in theatre and you accept our version of this beautiful and tragic legend of love.
The Endless Journey of Thought
We have been granted a rare opportunity to live at the time when the millennia collide. Being at the cross-roads of uncertainty fills us with a feeling of awe-inspiring excitement. The Great Powers, whole continents and ideologies seem to collapse in the insane rhythm of history. Shocked and confused, people lost their way about. What does fate have in store for us? It is now quite evident that anything can happen. Everything and everyone merge in the global separation. Man has to make a new start to find his way.
Not quite familiar yet even with herself, an amazing Udmurt actress Olga Aleksandrova made her way to the theatrical civilization of Europe, almost on foot! And bestowed some primal sincerity of her people’s world-view upon the satiated European audience. Through the purifying sincerity of her acting, while getting to know the misterious Udmurts of whom the spectators have never heard of, they get to know themselves. Well, every journey is a journey to yourself.
And it was this kind of journey that brought Tristan from over the seas to Arsa, the misterious land of Udmurts. Tristan did not sink into oblivion. He remains in people’s memory, feelings and thoughts.
The endless journey of thought. The thought of man living between Europe and Asia, the Great Steppe and the Great Forest, Yesterday and Tomorrow.
Prof. Dr.Vladimir Vladykin
Ministry of Culture of Udmurt Republic
Cultural and Educational Centre YOUTH HOUSE
IDNAKAR Youth Theatre
Tristan and Izolde
romantic drama legend in 2 acts
Songs perfomed by Nadezhda Utkina, Igor Shklyaev
Record sound technician:
In the performance an Udmurt ritual wedding song of Kizner District are included.
The text of songs:
Poems by: Vagantes, Marina Tsvetayeva, Mikhael Lermontov,
Sergey Yesenin, Vladimir Trefilov.
Celtic Magic Philtre:
Irish Cream-Cocktail “BAILEYS”
Udmurt Magic Philtre: liquor “IDNAKAR” produced by Glazovsky Co.
Characters in the play
Mark, king of Cornwales
Tristan, nephew to Mark
Genelon, nephew to Mark
Gorvenal, foster-father to Tristan
King of Ireland
Queen of Ireland, his wife
Izolde of Ireland, his daughter
Ivan, leprous man
Izolde of Arsa
Guest at the wedding, leprous woman,
woman of an Arsa clan
Tuno, fortune-teller at the pagan ritual
Friend of Yseult of Arsa
Group of the leprous, performers of Udmurt rituals actors of the theatre company