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NOW - 20.09.2016 - remembering Edinburgh

20. 09. 2016, 02:52 | by DEREVO

DEREVO in Edinburg. August 2016. Photo - Igor Fomin

A week passed - my dreams haven’t changed
Endless celebrating faces, colourful flyers on the ground, the city covered with thousands
of posters, all the shows, performances, concerts…
We’ve barely left and we want to come back again
To go out in the street and look around, proudly thinking: there’s more of us, actors, here
than of you, visitors.

We played 24 shows in 26 days

What happened:
Makhina debuted in the role of Oleg
Alexey Popov debuted as Cupid
Never sleeping, Merkushev drove his standard 5000 km
People came who saw ONCE… 20 years ago
People came who had never seen ONCE… the children of those first ones

David ran onto the stage for the first time

What didn’t happen:
Guiness beer (god knows why)
A visit to ‘Sharmanka’ (what a shame)
Any quarrels coming from exhaustion (surprising for the Fringe)

I think a hamster running in a wheel must be happy!
His road never ends.

22 – 28 September, LA DIVINA COMMEDIA with the original line up at ERARTA, St. Petersburg

24 – 28 September, 16:00 Makhina Dzhuraeva & Alexey Popov are to begin with the series of actions “MORE”. Half an hour each day.

15 & 16 October, “Mandelstam” at GOGOL Centre, Moscow. Director: Anton Adasinsky. On stage: Chulpan Khamatova, Anton Adasinsky, actors of GOGOL Centre. SOLD OUT!




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DEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - E. ImamovaDEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - M. DzhuraevaDEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - E. ImamovaDEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - M. Dzhuraeva
DEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - E. ImamovaDEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - I. FominDEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - I. FominDEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - E. Imamova
DEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - DEREVODEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - E. ImamovaDEREVO in Edinburgh. August 2016. Photo - E. Imamova



NOW - 06.08.2016 - Catching the Miracle

06. 08. 2016, 21:58 | by DEREVO


I’ve started rehearsals of the new project dedicated to Osip Mandelstam at the Gogol Centre in Moscow.
Chulpan Khamatova ― the Soul
I ― the Chitin of a Poet
and eight of the coolest guys from Kirill Serebrennikov’s troupe. We have already worked together in “Who Is Happy In Russia”.

Made the first photo proofs for my solo work “The Well-Tempered Clavier”. My knowledge of Uber-Marionette theory will be put to a full use here.
Lena Yarovaya did 12 solo performances at the medieval fair in Dresden.

We’re going to Edinburgh! What for? I do not know. No. I know.
There, in Edinburgh, we’re at home, on the street every second person - an artist, and the bartenders are not versed in art worse than the pros from the Scotsman or Herald.
Why are we bringing ONCE… ?
It’s more complicated to answer.
Four years we’re searching for fun for our kids ― a task more and more difficult.
A serious and troubled world doesn’t do much for children.
Hard times.
And you can’t go far with cartoons from the 50s and 60s.
And I want to take them to the theatre, a fairy-tale. Splendid and rich…
And even more, I MYSELF want to go to a good film. And that takes a long time to find.

Although “good” ― it’s not the right word. Well… at least I don’t want any morals: children are smarter than adults; drinking is bad; insects are aliens (or vice versa); Galápagos giant tortoises sacrifice themselves to stop evolution…

From the first line, the first picture, the first sound, I know whether they will eat a piece of my life… or… suddenly the heart beats stronger, the sparks run around my fingers and someone’s soul embraces my face like an oxygen mask. I, after all, like everyone else, I guess, someday everything will be fine. And I have to believe that in these hidden dreams I am not alone.

“ONCE…” ― it is eternal. Like Robinson Crusoe or Gagarin, or artificial snow under the Christmas tree, like a thundering old tram, like the drumming of domino stones in the backyard.
A ray of light leaves my chest and turns to a moon. It rises to the stars and suddenly there’s a shadow! It’s me. I’m so small, crossing the moonpath on a toy comet!
And this is what I’m ready to watch forever.
During August, every day we will catch a Miracle by the ear.


Text: Anton Adasinsky
English text editor: David Kemp
Video: Andrey Gladkikh
Photos: Makhina Dzhuraeva, Elena Imamova, Igor Fomin

P.S. Such an irony: yesterday in the middle of the show the fire alarm has set off, so the audience and we too - accompanied by friendly clapping - were escorted outside. We spent a couple of relaxed minutes in the sun together with Mary Brennan.


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ONCE... Edinburg Fringe 2016 - Fire Alarm - Photo Elena Imamovawell tempered clavier - photo proofs. Photo - Makhina Dzhuraevawell tempered clavier - photo proofs. Photo - Makhina Dzhuraevawell tempered clavier - photo proofs. Photo - Makhina Dzhuraeva
ONCE... Edinburg Fringe 2016 - Fire Alarm. Photo - Igor Fomin


DEREVO’s upcoming shows

4 - 29 Aug. 2016 (exc 15 & 22 Aug.)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Details and tickets »»

22 - 28 September 2016
ERARTA Stage, St. Petersburg


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NOW - 28.08.2012 - Fringe 2012 is over

28. 08. 2012, 11:27 | by DEREVO

Technical Bobby for MEPHISTO WALTZ, Aug. 2012

One more prize for DEREVO – the Broadway Baby’s Bobby „goes to Mephisto Waltz at Assembly Roxy for their high production values and stunning design“.

Thank you to all who contributed to the perfection of the show!

Lena Yarovaya – stage design
Daniel Williams – sound
Igor Fomin – light
Anna Frumson – costumes
Andrey Bobylev – sunflowers
Max Isaev – chalk stripes which turned to footprints leading up to the sky

Dancers on stage: Nastya, Pavel, Makhina, Anna, Anton

And thank you to all who came to see MEPHISTO WALTZ in Edinburgh!

Nach dem Fringe ist vor dem Fringe!




Technical Bobby for MEPHISTO WALTZ, Aug. 2012.  Photo - Larry Bartfleet
From left to right/top to bottom: Pavel, Makhina, Anna, Nastya, Igor, Daniel, Anna, Anton. Photo Credit: Larry Bartfleet



NOW - 13.08.2012 - An Angel for Anna

13. 08. 2012, 21:24 | by DEREVO

Herald Angel for Anna Bogodist. Edinburgh, Aug. 2012Herald Angel for Anna Bogodist. Edinburgh, Aug. 2012Herald Angel for Anna Bogodist. Edinburgh, Aug. 2012Herald Angel for Anna Bogodist. Edinburgh, Aug. 2012


So this is the news:

The Herald follows DEREVO’s work at the Fringe from our very first visit here with RED ZONE. Newspaper’s critics always come to the shows and always write something about us.

We have been honoured with an „Angel“ for ONCE… and an „Archangel“ for KETZAL.

But yesterday something remarkable happened.

A manager – Anna Bogodist has been awarded with the Herald’s Angel!

It’s her who organised the Russian Season in Edinburgh this year and who brought us, crazy us, all here: DEREVO and DoTheatre and AKHE and La Pushkin and Lidia Kopina and HandMade Theatre…

Hundreds of Emails, phone calls, visas, tickets, adverts, accomodation.

One year of hard labour.

Well done, Anya! Congratulations!

And another rather sad message:

Our good friend Nigel Charnok of DV8 has passed away.

I was hoping to write a couple of words about him but nothing comes out really.

The day before yesterday, during my first dance on stage, I suddenly remembered his moves and just had to smile…

Anton Adasinsky

5* from The Times for MEPHISTO WALTZ at Fringe 2012

11. 08. 2012, 09:56 | by DEREVO


5 Stars from The Times to MEPHISTO WALTZ by DEREVO. Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

Click to open it as PDF »


Thank you Donald Hutera & The Times



Some further reviews of MEPHISTO WALTZ in Edinburgh:

Thanks to all authors for seeing and reviewing MEPHISTO WALTZ.

NOW - 27.07.2012 - MEPHISTO WALTZ in Edinburgh. Just one week to go

27. 07. 2012, 00:23 | by DEREVO

The Scarecrow stood on the edge of the field. Replacement for his rusty tin-cans was well overdue.

The Wind stole his hat and his coat was ragged.

But joy was always coming in December .

Village children used to make a Snowman right next to the Scarecrow. Right like Snowmen should be: with a tin bucket on his head and a carrot as his nose. The sleeve of the Scarecrow’s coat was then tied to the Snowman’s twig paw and with a happy squeals children were aiming their snowballs at the pair of figures. Maybe children wanted to separate them again.

The Scarecrow was smiling though. Yes, truly. He was smiling.

And then April came on tiptoes and took the Snowman away. Just a twig remained tied to the Scarecrow’s sleeve.

But it’s alright. December will come again. Not quite soon but it will. I can wait.

I can wait.


MEPHISTO WALTZ @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012


Hello everybody!

In just one week DEREVO starts the new series of shows, where?
Yes, of course in Edinburgh. For the eighth time.

Probably there’s no need anymore. We’ve got all the main prizes. Everyone knows us here, except maybe the first wife of the Mayor, ‘cos she lives on Malta.

But the year without the Fringe seems to be incomplete. The Fringe is a running track in time. Backwards. Back to the honest days.

The show’s temper can be hardened by this. Harden, let down, bend and forge again, cling-clang… in our aprons, merrily…

Yes, there’s a risk that the „horseshoe“ of the show breaks. It may happen. That’s why it’s the Fringe.

MEPHISTO WALTZ becomes a joyous performance. I still couldn’t write a proper description text for it. I tried. I know I can do it. But it just doesn’t need any texts.




NOW - 26.04.2012 - Half of a Tomcat

26. 04. 2012, 18:27 | by DEREVO

The News!

The Noah’s Ark project is ready!

One and a half months of work: St Petersburg, Moscow, Potsdam, Dresden, Leipzig.

I heartily congratulate our students Nastya Ponomareva, Pavel Alekhin (aka Gleb Sinichkin), Makhina Dzhuraeva. This is the first show entirely created by themselves.

And Alexey Lanskoy evolved no less than into DEREVO’s technical manager.

And Nastya could also be seen in HARLEKIN in the main part of Pieretta and The Devoted Monkey at the Golden Mask Festival. Really not bad for just two years working with DEREVO…

About Oleg Zhukovsky you could read in the previous news. And if you could see Lena just now…..

Well, and now to the performances coming up.

In Poland – Nastya Ponomareva with her solo project Lunis.

Our dearest OEROL Festival on Terschelling island comes next. DEREVO School On Wheels will be improvising throughout ten days on an entire island day and night.

And then the wonderful festival and funfair Schaubudensommer in Dresden, with its tents and barkers… just like it was centuries ago.

And Edinburgh Fringe with MEPHISTO WALTZ. Apparently we can’t live without that adrenaline rush. Anna Bogodist has prepared a large scale invasion of Scotland with the „Russians in Roxy“ Programme.

So, that’s it. I don’t think I’ve ever wrote such a dry and plotless piece of news. Maybe I should attach a passport photo to it and the vase at the window with the half of a tomcat.



DEREVO - NOAH'S ARK. Photo - Natalya KrymskayaAnton Adasinsky. Photo - Alexey KostrominAnton & Oleg for Culture Channel, Russia. Photo - Natalya KrymskayaDEREVO - NOAH'S ARK. Photo - Roman Ekimov
Gleb & Makhina. Photo - Natalya KrymskayaGleb. Photo - Natalya KrymskayaPhoto - Natalya KrymskayaFormer DEREVO Laboratorium in 2012. Photo - Natalya Krymskaya
Photo - Natalya KrymskayaNastya. Photo - Natalya KrymskayaAnton Adasinsky. Photo - Alexey KostrominSpring...  Photo - Natalya Krymskaya


Text: Anton Adasinsky
English text editor: Daniel Williams
Photo: Natalya Krymskaya, Roman Ekimov, Alexey Kostromin




NOW in the PAST »»


Harlekin goes Top 5 at Edinburgh Fringe according to critics

24. 08. 2010, 22:29 | by DEREVO

DEREVO is still fighting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. That’s really not easy.

For those who doesn’t know what it is: for instance, there’s seven to ten different companies performing on the same stage at the same venue. There are 200 of such venues. Time for set-up, minimal changes for light, sounds, for make-up and warm-up - 30 minutes precisely. Just as much time for break down and cleaning after the show.

Currently DEREVO with Harlekin is in the Top 5 from all 1100 companies who received any reviews at all. Here you can have a look at the critics rating, friendly compiled by The List:

I’d also like to point again to the slideshow by Murdo Macleod from

Congratulations to Harlekin (and The Devoted Monkey), as well as to Carabass. Hold on and keep up the good work, guys!

Just 6 days left… web-master

Harlekin at the Fringe 2010

NOW - 21.08.2010 - Harlekin’s stars & the slide-show from

21. 08. 2010, 22:57 | by DEREVO

So this was a half of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Marathon.
In brief: the Fringe is 63 years old.
The number of participating companies in 2010 is 1800!
The number of performers in the streets you should count by yourself.
DEREVO appeared at the Fringe 6 times before: Red Zone, Once…, La Divina Commedia, Islands, Reflection and Ketzal.

Now it’s Harlekin

Here’s what the Scottish and English press thinks of DEREVO this year:

***** The Herald, Mary Brennan
…This piece really is about the heart and soul of tragi-comic physicality…

Watching Anton Adasinsky inhabit the age-old, timeless form of Harlequin – or Petrushka, Pierrot or Mr Punch, since they are the same elemental free spirit – is to witness a celebration of wordlessly expressive artistry shade into a poignant elegy for a theatrical dimension that long predates the machine age….

*****, Garry Platt
…This is not just a stage production it’s a phenomenon… Derevo’s Harlekin presents one scene after the next, each iconic and visually dazzling, unique. The stage is filled raw visceral emotion and then subtle considered jokes and funny vignettes…

***** Fest
…The show is a sequence of strange, arresting set-pieces which would be disorientating without the Harlekin himself. The weary innocence with which he greets every strange new situation is the play’s one constant note…

**** The Telegraph, Mark Monahan
…Just go and see this show. It’s strange, stirring, often beautiful entertainment, and you’ll be thinking about it for a long time…

**** The List, Brian Donaldson
…The sinister and the beautiful have been Derevo’s trademarks ever since their Edinburgh debut in 1997 with Red Zone, and Harlekin provides another memorable chapter in their captivating story…

**** The Scotsman, Kelly Apter
…big show filled with striking visual images and charming set pieces. As the Harlekin, Adasinsky’s capacity to mix tragedy and comedy in one role has never been more obvious, while his turn as the domineering Hurdy Gurdist is a little comic gem…

**** Edinburgh Spotlight, Julie Dawson
…Technically, Harlekin is flawless. The performers are breathtaking, the marriage between music and movement is impeccable, the lighting is perfect, the costumes and makeup are excellent. The overall effect is stunning…

**** Three Weeks, Hannah Myers
…a heart-rending tale of unrequited love, cruelty and suffering unfolds. Derevo transcend this dark matter to reveal pools of shimmering light in the tenacity of the human soul, matching sinister dances of death with exquisite physical manifestations of the beating heart…

**** Fringe Review
…once we accept the basic theme we sit back and take in the spectacle like a surreal dream….

The List still hasn’t counted all the Harlekin’s stars and put the show at the 9th position of 952. not that bad… ».

[UPDATE, 31 Aug. 2010]: meanwhile DEREVO has reached the 3d position from 1252 shows in the critics rating by The List.

And just beyond all competition is the unique slide-show by Murdo Macleod from just watch it on their web-site:

Interactive Slide-Show: One Day with DEREVO at the Fringe. By Murdo Macleod,

DEREVO’s HARLEKIN at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010

22. 07. 2010, 22:13 | by DEREVO

DEREVO. HARLEKIN at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010

Promotional page of the HARLEKIN performance for the upcoming 26 days long marathon of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now available.

Everyone is welcome to see the performance at one of the best venues of the Fringe, at the Pleasance One.

NOW - 25.09.2007

24. 09. 2007, 19:59 | by DEREVO

NOWAfter uneasy and sleepless days in Mannheim (girls, tractors & night elegy) we found ourselves in Dublin. We were going to open the big Fringe festival. We couldn’t realize it at the start.

We really really wanted to sleep. Really.

What we could dance was maybe the sirtaki. And most likely only the first male part – slow and circumstantial.

And so we started. A dream on black waters at Hanon’s music. “Her Midst”. Hanon – is a pseudonym. I don’t think he would allow Skryabin to leave a wonderful greenhouse in the Pushkarskaya street in St. Petersburg without asking for permission.

The water wasn’t warm or clear. But it was happy that we gave our bodies to it. Just touch the water and some high-speed shimmering wonder connects you through all the brooks, rivers, seas and oceans to that peaceful creek where Krapp is hearing the sedge rustling against the bottom of his boat.

And then we performed in Samuel Beckett’s Theatre. A “happy days”…

Anton Adasinsky in the White Garden. Photo - Andrey BobylevAnton Adasinsky in the White Garden. Photo - Andrey BobylevFloating beds in the White Garden. Photo - Andrey BobylevFloating beds in the White Garden. Photo - Andrey Bobylev
In the White Garden. Photo - Andrey BobylevIn the White Garden. Photo - Andrey BobylevIn the White Garden. Photo - Elena YarovayaMartin Cyprich who has built the White Garden. Photo - Elena Yarovaya
Maxim Didenko in the White Garden. Photo - Andrey BobylevPlanting the White Garden. Photo - Elena YarovayaPlanting the White Garden. Photo - Elena YarovayaPlanting the White Garden. Photo - Elena Yarovaya
Planting the White Garden. Photo - Elena YarovayaSwans of the  White Garden. Photo - Andrey BobylevThe White Garden. Photo - Visual MachineWater comes to the White Garden. Photo - Elena Yarovaya

Text: Anton Adasinsky
English text editor: Jennifer Williams
Photo: Elena Yarovaya, Andrey Bobylev
Photo design: Elena Yarovaya

See also the video shot by visual designers from Mercury Boy Inc. and originally posted at TheBubble.

Video by Mercury Boy inc.

fwd: Шотландский посланник

14. 08. 2006, 20:04 | by DEREVO

This is a forwarded message
From: koc-lech
To: derevo
Date: Monday, August 14, 2006, 10:07:20 AM
Subject: Шотландский посланник

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Поздрявляю вас с наградой, герольды альтернативных миров, дивной красоты, парадокса!

Кецаль - то, чего нет а оно есть.

Кецаль - сафари, у человека четыре лапы.

Кецаль - вальсище подземное

Кецаль - фабрика тел ради жизни

Кецаль - пятна красок, свет в яме

Кецаль - Одинокая

Кецаль - райский папугай, вещун Гамаюн


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Лех Кочывонс, Варшава PL

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NOW - DEREVO is awarded with an Archangel!!!

13. 08. 2006, 12:55 | by DEREVO

NOWOn August 12th 2006 in Edinburgh an Awards of The Herald were presented. Already awarded with the Herald Angel back in 1998 for the “ONCE…” DEREVO now has got The HERALD ARCHANGEL for the performance KETZAL.





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DEREVO @ Edinburg Festival Fringe

19. 07. 2006, 23:14 | by DEREVO

DEREVO - KETZAL  Fringe PosterWe perform KETZAL from 4 till 28 August. You’re welcome.

Tickets are here.

Wir treten mit dem Stück KETZAL vom 4. bis 28. August auf.

Karten sind hier zu kaufen.

Мы показываем “КЕЦАЛЬ” с 4 по 28 августа.

Билеты здесь.