Icon Painter (English)

av Bengt Pohjanen


Lena Fagerström



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Kvinnliga: 3    Manliga: 8




60-90 min



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A revolution is taking place in Russia, and a civil war in Finland. In Torneå the Russian soldier Sergei finds Tatyana, a woman he has met in "the village beyond mountains and rivers", where those who believe in the old ways live.

Two members of the White Guard reveal his hiding-place, he is wounded and his icon is shattered. There starts the story of Sergei's journey - a feverish, obsessed quest to attain the perfection of art, the beauty that reflects truth.
The plot of the play is straightforward and simple and the characters are naive, but they nonetheless bear the imprint of the great Russian writers and thinkers.
In "the village beyond mountains and rivers", the dog is given Holy Communion for the same reason as Sossima in Dostoevsky kisses the ground, Tolstoy's route to salvation through destitution is sought and murders are committed in the spirit of Raskolnikov, while Sergei swings between the asceticism that turns human beings against themselves and the creativeness that makes them forget themselves.
The Icon Painter or the Journey of Man also touches on Russia's road to ruin and Russia's mission in the world. What is this? The play does not provide the answer, but gives us a hint of it through the discussion on the Russian thinkers Gogol, Florensky, Berdyaev, Dostoevsky and others.
This is the second radio play by author Bengt Pohjanen from Tornedal. Its predecessor, Hämndens dag (Day of Vengeance), was broadcast in 1988. The Icon Painter was directed by Hilda Hellwig and contains newly composed music by Vladimir Dikanski, who immigrated from Russia a couple of years ago. There, he last worked in the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra; now, he is active in the Jewish Theatre in Stockholm.