The opening play applies for the rank of the main premiere of the year. By the 190th anniversary of Lev Tolstoy the performers of Irkutsk Drama Theater prepared the play on a novella “Kholstomer”. Artists tell the story of a horse in the body's language. "The story of a horse"- the way that Lev Tolstoy signed his novella. The life of a horse, which was born palomino, that is spotted, and became a pariah among other horses, is told from birth to death. It is the story of a long and difficult path of a horse which is similar to the human life with loneliness, pain, love for your own kind and for people.
Sergey Zemlyanskiy was teaching artists from Irkutsk to play without words and to speak the body's language- the language where it is impossible to lie. The marginal honesty and an enormous amount of work are, probably, essential parts of the play. "The artists were exercising from 10 am every day, the "warm-up" took them an hour, during this time they squeezed T-shirts two or three times. They were losing weight, sweating and so on. Everything is conditional enough and at the same time concrete. I mean there is a very fine line: which are human and animal features, which are animal instincts and human fates", - says Sergey Zemlyanskiy, the director-choreographer. The author of the scenery and costumes is Maksim Obrezkov, the head artist of Vakhtangov theater. The composer Pavel Akimkin wrote music specifically for this play. Four actors play the role of Kholstomer: childhood, youth, maturity and wisdom of the main character. " There was not an aim to transform into horses" the actors say. It was necessary to recognize the animal Nature in ourselves, to listen to instincts and to face the story of a horse not only by the mind, but also by the heart. An 8-year-old artist who had been dreaming to perform on the stage for a long time plays a little Kholstomer. "This work united us strongly, during three month everyone of us was existing in this small community from 10 am to 10 pm. This play is about the choice, about the human path, about some kind of moral vertical", - says Dmitry Akimov, an actor. "The small community" made the quivering story. This play is an hour and a half of amazing, spectacular, tender and sometimes frightening moves and beauty. An hour and a half of audience's pent-up breath. An hour and a half which is without words.