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Chulpan Khamatova conducts “exorcism sessions” to earn money

Chulpan Khamatova joined the troupe of the New Riga Theater in April

Chulpan Khamatova joined the troupe of the New Riga Theater in April

A photo: Anastasia PLESHAKOV

This is a solo performance in which the actress Chulpan Khamatova plays all the roles. The performance was staged by the artistic director of the New Riga Theater Alvis Hermanis. The staging for Post Scriptum is based on the publications of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed in 2006, and chapters of Dostoevsky’s novel Demons. “But the story that we created is about something else – about the Russian (and not only) consciousness, conscience and subconsciousness in the context of recent events,” the announcement for the performance says.

The premiere took place on June 15. In the Latvian press, Post Scriptum has already been declared a “Putin exorcism”, whatever that means.

“Chulpan Khamatova is alone on stage for 1.5 hours. By linking together Dostoevsky’s “Demons”, Anna Politkovskaya’s investigation about the tragedy of Nord-Ost and today’s Bucha with Mariupol … It turned out powerful and scary, ”wrote Riga journalist Tatyana Fast. The performance is in Russian with Latvian subtitles.

Tickets for a performance with Chulpan Khamatova in Riga are ten times cheaper than in Moscow

Tickets for a performance with Chulpan Khamatova in Riga are ten times cheaper than in Moscow

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The action takes place in 2010, 8 years after the terrorist attack on Dubrovka. The heroine of Khamatova is Nadezhda, a school teacher of literature. She lives in a typical “Soviet” apartment with unfashionable wallpaper and a carpet on the wall, a grandmother’s sofa and an old tube TV, over which icons are on a shelf. Her husband and son were among the hostages of the musical “Nord-Ost” and died. Hope was left alone, but she is not alone: ​​she is surrounded by literary heroes. She becomes one herself. Khamatova plays five roles, female and male. The performance is in Russian with Latvian subtitles.

After the performance, Chulpan Khamatova asked the audience not to applaud her. They got up from their chairs and silently left the hall.

It is clear that the excitement in the press, which rose after the flight of the actress to Latvia, became an excellent advertisement for the performance. All tickets for Post Scriptum are sold out until September.

Prices by Moscow standards are more than loyal: from 15 to 30 euros. In September they will be raised by 5 euros. But still, it is ten times cheaper than tickets for performances with Chulpan Khamatova at the Theater of Nations in Moscow cost. For example, on “Gorbachev”, which after the departure of the actress was removed from the repertoire, tickets were sold for 10-15 thousand rubles. At the current exchange rate, this is 170 – 250 euros.

According to the media, Khamatova plays in Post Scriptum for a small fee (800 euros per performance). Compared to her fees, which she received in Moscow (according to rumors, 200 thousand rubles for a performance at the Theater of Nations, at the current exchange rate – about 3.5 thousand euros) – these are very modest earnings.

Recall that Chulpan Khamatova joined the troupe of the New Riga Theater in April. She has known Alvis Hermanis since at least 2008, when he staged Shukshin’s Stories at the Theater of Nations. Two years ago, his play “Gorbachev” was released. Khamatova is busy in both productions. The actress left Russia after the start of a special operation in Ukraine. She quit the Sovremennik Theater, where she served for many years.

Before getting a job in Latvia, Khamatova gave an interview to Latvian TV, spoke at an “anti-war” rally in Riga. Many regarded her public statements as a way to get the right to work in the European Union.

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