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Video: "Wings From The Ashes" - A Play About The Inner Integrity Of A Person - Reviews
The Roman Viktyuk Theater staged the tragedy of the English playwright John Ford, one of the outstanding authors of Shakespeare's times. What feelings does it evoke in the audience?
Performance: "Wings from the Ashes"
Production: Roman Viktyuk Theater
Director: Roman Viktyuk
Cast: Igor Nevedrov, Anna Nakhapetova, Mikhail Polovenko and others.
On the stage, an action unfolds full of the torment of love of siblings, their opposition to society and its laws and, as a result, the acceptance of death in the name of love. At the beginning of the play, Giovanni, in love with his sister Anabella, utters the following phrase: "The fact that we have one father and one mother only confirms that we are one in soul and flesh."
And if we imagine that this is really one person, born of the same mother and father, and his inner conflict between different parts of the psyche is played on the stage? From this point of view, everything is painted with different colors. And the strong feelings that the heroes play evokes is an attempt to draw the audience to an important message, to draw the attention of each of us to our own integrity.
Reality or Symbolism?
According to Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, incest symbolism rarely has anything to do with sexuality. It is not biologically conditioned and has a deep symbolic meaning.
Among ancient peoples, for example, the Egyptian pharaohs, the symbol of incestism spoke of a privileged status and was associated with religious symbolism. It was about a symbolic marriage with the mother as a source of life, having nothing to do with actual sexual intercourse. Now it is difficult to believe in such an interpretation.
According to the script of the play, brother and sister love each other faithfully. The monk tries to reason with them and explain why it is necessary to follow the norms of "morality". And, it would seem, this is a servant of God who wants only the best for them. But his voice sounds cold, insensitive, dogmatic, there is no sense of vitality and love for one's neighbor.
And our feelings are a clue, a guide, thanks to them we understand what is happening around and inside us. Despite this, the monk manages to persuade Anabella to marry an unloved person, and this situation ends in tragedy and a series of deaths.
The psychological meaning of the performance
Even Carl Jung singled out such parts as Anima - this is a structure that contains feminine qualities such as emotionality, sensitivity, acceptance, compassion. And the Animus is the masculine part responsible for tenacity, aggressiveness, persistence, logic, domination. In an amicable way, in every person there is both one and the other part. But for various reasons, one of the parts can be suppressed.
In the play, we see that Giovanni, the symbol of the Animus, is drawn to Anaballa (Anima), but here comes the rigid, unyielding figure of a monk personifying the Super-Ego. His set of rules is not aimed at bringing good and happiness to the couple, he only forces Anabella to marry the unloved.
Here you can draw an analogy with our life. It happens that a person follows various rules, without even thinking how close they are to him. And these rules, perhaps, previously served for his benefit, but now they only limit his life. It’s worse if the rules were borrowed from authority figures in whose lives they were relevant. And in the life of the receiver they became absolutely irrelevant, even tragic.
Live a full life
Unable to resist society (other people's values), Giovanni kills Anabella. But he himself dies. Which carries a deep symbolic meaning. We could interpret this in such a way that by killing his Anima, part of the man symbolically dies, which is reflected in the whole person.
It turns out that if, in a harmonious state, these parts of the psyche are designed to balance and complement each other, then in the case of non-acceptance of some parts of oneself, an internal struggle takes place, on which a huge amount of energy is spent, and at the same time the desire to live a rich life, painted with different feelings, fades away. …