THE BLACK CAT COMMITTEE: A Kiev Puppetscape
ANDRIYIVSKYY DESCENT KIEV, UKRAINE
SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
DESIGN, CONCEPT, and DIRECTION: Alex Kahn, Sophia Michahelles
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Oleksandr Chayka of Les Kurbas Centre
FELINE LIAISON: Elena Siyanko
On the evening of September 25, a rowdy procession of black cats, ambulatory windows, and ghostly projections emerged from the dark corners of Kiev's historic Anrdriyivskyy Descent, conjuring the spirit of Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. Completed in 1940, but suppressed by Soviet censors until 1967, the book chronicles the arrival of the Devil in Moscow of the 1930s. As encounters between the Devil's retinue and Soviet-era officialdom descend into darkly comic mayhem, the novel revels in the anxieties and incapacities of a society stifled by bureaucratic conformity.