A movement-based theatre piece inspired by the life and writing of Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova. Part dream, part memory, The Akhmatova Project tells the story of the soul's survival against the vulgar oppression of a totalitarian regime, through the dangerous miracle of poetry; a poem of the individual heart played against the backdrop of history.

created, directed, choreographed by Nancy Keystone
in collaboration with Critical Mass Performance Group
original music & sound design by Randy Tico

Natasha Basley • Voice of the Russian Word, Soviet Citizen
Russell Edge • Aleksander Blok, Official, KGB, Stalin's Secretary, Prison Guard, Soviet Citizen
Sarah Gossage • Marina Tsvetaeva, Soviet Citizen
Joseph Grimm • Nikolai Gumilyev, Lev Gumilyev, Isaiah Berlin, Soviet Citizen
Christopher Kelley • Vladimir Mayakovsky, Sergei Sudeikin, Josef Stalin, Soviet Citizen
Eric Marx • Vsevolod Knyazev, KGB, Boris Pasternak, Soviet Citizen
Kathryn Miller Kelley • Lili Brik, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Soviet Citizen
Joe Palmiotti • Mikhail Kuzmin, Aleksander Pushkin, Nikolai Punin, KGB, Soviet Citizen
Candace Reid • Olga Glebova-Sudeikina, Soviet Citizen
John Prosky • Osip Mandelstam, Offiicial, Soviet Citizen
Valerie Spencer • Anna Akhmatova (mature)
Miranda Viscoli • Anna Akhmatova (girl), Lydia Chukovskaya, Svetlana Stalin, Soviet Citizen

scenic design • Nancy Keystone
lighting design • Daniel Ionazzi
costume design • Lee Kartis

world premiere, 2000, Los Angeles, California

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