Gesher Theatre, Tel Aviv, Israel
premiere 21 February 2011
Stage adaptation, music
Ohad Balva, Dmitriy Osmolovsky
160 min., with intermission
Sasha Demidov, Dvyr Benedeck, Evgeniy Terletzkiy, Neta Spiegelmann, Lucy Dubinchuk, Yael Toker, Henry David / Roman Gershkowitch, Yuval Yanay / Micky Leon, Nora Fischer, Gurr Koren, Orie Yaniv, Zion Ashkenazy, Svetlana Demidova / Ronna Beckermann
Dom Juan - the eternal seducer of all women and conqueror of all women's hearts, a heroic lover, destroyer of of all social foundations, an anarchist, a rebel against persistently triumphant hypocracy, a character that everyone knows of and that doesn't come off world's stages more than 300 years.
Today the Bulgarian director Alexander Morfov will offer us the chance to see Dom Juan from a different angle. In his eyes he's not only the determined fornicator or the inveterate womaniser, but he's also the romantic lunatic, the tragic clown, who truly believes that he, among all people, was born free. This warrior, the eternal wanderer, possessed by passion for adventure, is always trying to impose his own laws. It is possible? Is it worth it?...
Would you have a man bind himself to the first girl he falls in love with, say farewell to the world for her sake, and have no eyes for anyone else? A fine thing, to be sure, to pride oneself upon the false honour of being faithful, to lose oneself in one passion for ever, and to be blind from our youth up to all the other beautiful women who can captivate our gaze! No, no; constancy is the share of fools. Every beautiful woman has a right to charm us... As for me, beauty delights me wherever I meet with it, and I am easily overcome by the gentle violence with which it hurries us along...The first beginnings of love have, besides, indescribable charms, and the true pleasure of love consists in its variety... Nothing can surpass the pleasure of triumphing over the resistance of a beautiful maiden... I have the ambition of conquerors, who go from victory to victory, and cannot bring themselves to put limits to their longings. There is nothing that can restrain my impetuous yearnings. I have a heart big enough to be in love with the whole world; and, like Alexander, I could wish for other spheres to which I could extend my conquests.
~ Dom Juan