Puh-Puh-Puh by re:hab theatre (Israel)
JCTC Voices International Theatre Festival

Puh-Puh-Puh by re:hab theatre (Israel)

Jersey City Theater Center presents "Puh-Puh-Puh" by rehab theatre as part of the 2020 Voices International Theatre Festival.

re:hab: Theatre (Israel) – “Puh-Puh-Puh,” a Russian-Israeli project.

Created on Zoom during quarantine by a conspiracy of actors from Russia and Israel. Political satire. In Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles.

April 2020. Russia. Two weeks left before the great opening of the main temple of the Russian armed forces. Photos of two mosaics from unfinished church appear in the open sources. One of them portrays people on the Red Square in Moscow greeting the annexation of Crimea in spring 2014; and in the middle of the crowd are Putin and his entourage. This image draws a huge wave of criticism in the Russian society and the president has to inform through his spokesman that he opposes such an early perpetuation of his achievements.

Officials begin to claim right here that the mosaic will be disassembled and restored in other place as "historical artifact", The Church representatives go even further and assert that the mosaic has never existed.

But what about the artists who worked on this "masterpiece", how do they feel and go about disassembling of it? Or not disassembling?..

Creative Team: Ilya Demidov (screenwriter, director, actor ), Yadviga Matelskaya (actress), Alisa Varova (actress)

re:hab theatre Israel

Tel Aviv – St Petersburg (in case of screening in Israeli program) /St Petersburg – Tel Aviv (in case of screening in Russian program)

Performance:

"Puh-puh-puh..."

Production:

re:hab theatre

Tel Aviv – St Petersburg (in case of screening in Israeli program) /St Petersburg – Tel Aviv (in case of screening in Russian program)

Story outline:

April 2020. Russia. Two weeks left before the great opening of the main temple of the Russian armed forces. Photos of two mosaics from unfinished church appear in the open sources. One of them portrays people on the Red Square in Moscow greeting the annexation of Crimea in spring 2014; and in the middle of the crowd are Putin and his entourage. This image draws a huge wave of criticism in the Russian society and the president has to inform through his spokesman that he opposes such an early perpetuation of his achievements.

Officials begin to claim right here that the mosaic will be disassembled and restored in other place as "historical artifact", The Church representatives go even further and assert that the mosaic has never existed.

But what about the artists who worked on this "masterpiece", how do they feel and go about disassembling of it? Or not disassembling?..

Creative team:

Ilya Demidov – screenwriter, director, actor

born in St Petersburg, Russia

graduated from State Theater Arts Academy, Drama program

played multiple roles in St Petersburg Youth Theatre on the Fontanka and took part in cinema productions

moved to Israel in 2019 and continues his creative path as independent theatre and cinema professional

Alisa Varova – actress

born in Khabarovsk, Russia

moved to St Petersburg to study drama in the State Theater Arts Academy, graduated

currently is playing multiple roles in St Petersburg Youth Theatre on the Fontanka,

takes part in independent theater projects, played a number of roles in movies and serials

Yadviga Matelskaya – actress

born in Khabarovsk, Russia

moved to St Petersburg; graduated from the State University of Culture and Arts, Drama program

directed multiple performances and art festivals; involved to Russian and international theatre projects; led number of art projects including exhibitions, audio-perfomances, concerts

About the project:

re:hab theatre's idea has formed up in the spring of 2020, when (thanks to Corona pandemic) three theater professionals, like-minded colleagues and friends locked at their homes apart of each other in Russia and Israel, kicked off weekly Zoom meetings to discuss and develop ideas for performing online. The project, that was much contributed by impossibility of public performances yielded, in summer 2020, its first fruit – digital performance "Puh-puh-puh" which filmed mostly on the Zoom platform. Currently the team continues its challenging way through a novel field of digital art exploring relevant ways of interacting with the audience and looking for consonance between classical drama and the instruments of contemporary theatre.

re:hab involves rehabilitation of both, the public and the theater itself, supporting all the participants wherever they're watching, acting or directing a show and providing solid emotional ground in the time of global uncertainty.