Olga Shilyaeva


Teatr.doc, Moscow
Presented in the frame of Russian Case 2020
Directors: Yury Muravitsky, Svetlana Mikhalishcheva
Set designer: Yekaterina Shcheglova
“28 days” by Olga Shilyaeva is the main Russian feminist play, as well as the first menstrual cycle tragedy. The play features a chorus of hormones, 28 episodes, Snow White and her poor paramour. A heated battle between gender stereotypes and scientific fact, hormones and rational mind, the woman and creation - takes place on the stage. In the hands of director Yury Muravitsky the main feminist text becomes an oratory and the performers act it out on such sky-high level of self-irony, that in the end, the play hurts neither the feelings of feminists, nor of those for whom the topic of menstruation has been stigmatized up till now.

Anastasia Pauker

The bold, painful, frank and ironic feminist oratorio for Chorus, Heroine and Male voice is composed on the principle of ancient tragedy and it is about a woman's relationship with society, men, her own nature and the Universe depending on the stages of her menstrual cycle. The conversation about the menstrual cycle in our society is still provocative, the topic is taboo. And if there is a taboo, then there is a protest. The play 28 DAYS is primarily a protest.


The performance by Yuri Muravitsky and his students at the Moscow School of New Cinema came out of the reading of Olga Shilyaeva's play 28 DAYS at the "Lyubimovka" festival of drama. The central theme of the play is mood swings of a girl changing throughout the menstrual cycle. The text is funny and ironic…


“The tragedy of the menstrual cycle,” as the author of the play has identified the genre, tells about the physical and emotional state of a woman at different stages of this physiological process, as well as about interaction with the outside world - men, information flow, news background, annoying factors ... The life experience is exacerbating the situation - direct references to flash mobs sound # I’mnotafraidtosay and #meeither, the brutality and dullness of those around are emphasized, their unwillingness to notice the obvious. The whole block is reserved for a set of worldly wisdom and stereotypes, which do not bring relief to the Heroine.


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