Talk abstracts of conversation with Volodimir Petrenko and Demyan Om
Theater is not just a way of spending leisure time. It is also an opportunity for the viewer to recharge, to break away from gadgets. To hear the silence, after all.

You can talk about the theater forever. And it seems to exist forever.

Everything ends sometime: certain types of art also have their own sunset. But for some reason I believe that the theater will not suffer such a fate.

Since the days of ancient Rome, people have loved to watch others play. Now, in the technological era, when the world is full of entertainment, we watch performances with the same interest in dim halls, where the rays of searchlights lull the dust motes dancing in the air, and the floor creaks under the weight of time.

Volodimir Petrenko is the artistic director of the Theater "We Believe!" and an Honored Artist of Ukraine. And also a director who creates a theater both inside and outside himself.

It would seem that Demyan Om and Volodimir Petrenko represent two completely different worlds. One creates a theater, and the other comes there as a spectator, looking for answers to his questions.

Why do people come to performances and productions? Demyan and Volodimir were looking for answers to this and other questions in the "Philosophical Garden".
About the theater

The director of the play reflects the text he is studying for some time. With Chekhov, he happens to be one, with Ostrovsky — another, with Lesya Ukrainka — the third. This makes the theater attractive to the audience.

In cities where there is a lot of theatrical art, it is "delicious" and diverse, a director can just have fun, be an artist. However, in places with an undeveloped stage, you have to think first of all about the viewer. Here it is necessary to make sure that from the third to fifth minute the action on the stage completely attracts the attention of the audience. The spectator in the theater is the main character.
"Theater, unlike cinema, makes it possible to physically feel what is happening on stage. For example, you can hear the actor breathing. At times, this breath creates a very special atmosphere in the hall. Although in ordinary life we can also listen and hear how others breathe, there will be no such effect"

Demyan Om
The silence of the hall is different. Sometimes it is the silence of interest, and sometimes it is the silence of despondency. Silence is such an important tool for an actor that the most terrible weapon of a disgruntled viewer, except for leaving the hall during the action, is a cough. In fact, every person in the theater is an actor, and the audience also has its own role. A spectator who understands what power he has in the theater will strive to experience this feeling again and again.
About the purpose of the theater

Theatrical art is designed to educate people, influence them (in a good sense of the word). One can even say that the primary mission of the theater is enlightenment. Again, in capitals or in cities where the halls are full, so-called laboratories are being created. Experiments and improvisations are popular in such theaters.

When there is little room for maneuver, the priority is the quality of the action.

The theater does not need to compete with the newspaper, the Internet and the TV. In the morning in the newspaper, in the evening in the verse — it's not about theatrical art, at least not about dramatic. While the performance is being prepared, interest in the topic may dissipate. Therefore, it is necessary to raise such topics, the interest in which will never fade.

Here we turn to philosophy. The science according to which the action on the stage is built. After all, the task of the director of the play is to explore the literary text and extract something from it that catches the living. And then, with the help of a large team of people, to convey it in their professional language — to the viewer.
"At rehearsals, we very often say to each other: "Let it get worse during the performance, but what we did today is great!" Maybe next time it will be different, but we got a buzz from the result"

Volodimir Petrenko
About training

Today philosophy is gaining popularity again. More and more people are turning to it to activate thinking skills.

How is philosophy implemented? Through lectures with questions and answers, listening to lectures and writing essays. Through self-reflection and, of course, theater.

Any high-quality artistic text is always philosophical. Frankly speaking, art becomes true at the moment when a creative person begins to look for answers through his own creativity. The artist draws the answers on canvas, the author writes them down on paper. What they created takes on an artistic form, philosophy appears in the plots. In this form, it is the most easily digestible and understandable for society.
In search of an answer

The present time dictates its own rules. A person is under the unbearable pressure of huge amounts of information. This leads to the fact that people stop reading long texts, and art begins to be perceived through the prism of digitalization.

The catch is that if a person does not pause, a pause will sooner or later "make" a person. This is an inevitable process. Therefore, it is so necessary to stop in time, finally turn off your internal timer and listen to silence. Sit silently on the seashore or river, do not rush anywhere. Today it is a luxury, and against the background of the modern pace of life, it is even an oddity.

It is this luxury on the verge of strangeness, bypassing prejudices and conventions, that art gives. It remains the point outside of time and space where the personal stopwatch turns off and eternity begins to sound.

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