Catherine the Great and the Shaman (2016)
‘Catherine the Great and the Shaman’ is informed by a play written by the Empress. The work explores gender and intellectual power politics by creating a fictitious encounter between Catherine, the author, and the character she has developed, the Shaman. Over the course of the performance Catherine and the shaman exist within the same landscape, but are alien to each other, almost entirely dismissive of each other’s existence, but still in dialogue. The tension between the performers represents the intentions in Catherine’s work and the disparity between history and today where inequalities and prejudice are still rife.
Performed with; Andrey Adamovskiy
Photography: Mikhail Grigoriev