“To Moscow! To Moscow!” is the three sisters’ final exhortation in Chekhov’s famous play.
The Brazilian director, Christiane Jatahy, follows the popular trend for rereading the classics which, in Latin-American theatre, is providing a new take on the great plays by Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov.
In the light of current events in Europe, the “what if…” of the title makes all the difference: it places the emphasis on the utopias of a life of boredom and frustration, which is also a dream life: what if we moved to a different place, another country? Why not emigrate?
In her capacity as theatre director and film maker, Christiane Jatahy is giving us the chance to see the same performance twice, in whichever order we prefer: in a theatre auditorium where the play is being performed live, then on screen in another auditorium, where the film of the production is being cut and shown simultaneously.
Christiane Jatahy believes this sensory experience will encourage spectators to see life with fresh eyes.