“He came to us with the rain. We were all surpriesed when he arrived.
But rain fell, and we decided, that the arrival of this man was perhaps a good sign.”
“Letters of Clay, Floating Apple” Sukhbat Aflatuni
Kamaritdin Artykov. Pictures on the adobe wall If a theatre during its difficult period undertakes to stage a play one can not call profitable. If a theatre during its difficult period still wants to speak only about inventively interesting and morally acceptable things. If a theatre ventured to solve such complicated problems with the strength of the youth and its own producer, so everything that is being written about such a work is being written with hope! It’s understandable that “Clay Letters, Floating Apples” is just very necessary! And it’s understandable that by the end of the performance the picture on the abode wall is not only becoming apparent but also is forming “monumentally enough” a pathos and ironic composition. Anna Dementieva. Uzbekistan Today. “Clay Letters, Floating Apples” This complicated and unpredictable cocktail from young characters and talents, mixed with an ambiguous and many sided oriental parable is stunning. This 3-hour first night passed without taking a breath. The magnificent performance, juggling with words and meanings, organic sounds of the whole show in an unobtrusive rhythm of knocking and tinkling is really charming. And upon the finish one gets a feeling of participation in a mistery in something beautiful and dryness in the mouth. D. Povarov. When there is no water in a parable Clay letters – is an intricate tragicomic story full of secret magic and oriental metaphors. A charming pulling an Uzbek skull cap over the eyes of the Russian language multiplied by the trustworthy performance of actors from School VI is striving for almost biblical span. Lola Kamalova. Clay Letters, Floating Apples. Molodyoj Uzbekistana. 16.10.08 Even in the name “Clay Letters, Floating Apples” we can see mysterious oriental poetry. A reviving parable by the modern Tashkent writer and poet Sukhbat Aflatuni is revived with the inspired power of talented people – the producer, the actors, the composer. It is difficult within almost 3 hours to show everything the author wanted to share with the audience, taking into account the complexity and variety of the work that was generally recognized by amateurs and professionals of literature. Anton Pakhomov, a young producer, skillfully and precisely used all drama instruments. The glances, the gestures, the sound, the light, the rhythm, the music, the movements everything fills the performance with philosophy without tedious lessons about the purport of existence. The author and the producer through the prism of irony let the audience feel the tragedy of the story. Burnt soil in a village forgotten by God and people, no water, no children, but Hope, Faith, Love will never die. Marina Nizovtseva. A golden premiere of the season. ECO. 17.10.2008 All the sides of the long-awaited premiere are decorated with precious metals from the author and the producer to the actors of the performance. It is unprecedented a story of old days told in more than modern language. The 3 hours of the performace pass without taking the breath away. Upon leaving the theatre we feel strange sadness in the soul, playing jugaranga in the ears and dryness in the mouth. Production – Anton PAKHOMOV Staging – Anton PAKHOMOV, Oksana KHRIPUN Stage design – Vasiliy YURYEV Composer – Artyom KIM Choreography – Akmal KHASANOV Video-art – Nikolai LEONOV Premier took place on October 11, 2008 Duration: 2hrs 45min. (interval provided) “Letters of Clay” Sukhbat Aflatuni. This story is a history of memories in the story of a certain mass of people. A teacher, who suddenly apperars in a normal modern village- Aule?. also something of a paraphrase of an old biblical story about a teacher (with a capital letter T) people coming to new understandings about the past, and therefore, changes the present.In the process many modern problems are addressed: ecology, religion, society, and nationalism and of course a love story. All of this rings with a harsh note, but at the same time unusually poetic, and not to mention incredible humor! This is of course a story of good and evil. You only have to read the wonderful novel of Tashkent’s Sukhbat Aflatuni and see it the “Ilkhom’s” stage to understand that this is a very modern story. Absoultely modern. A stroy about the first decade of the 21st Century, and the understanding of good and evil in this story. The language in this presentation, as the author himself has said, migh be called “Russian language in a tubiteki” The first full scale directing work of leading actor of the “Ilkhom” Theatre, two time winner of the “Ilkhom” Award named for Mark Weil in 2008 (“Fan’s Choice Award” and “Artis of the Year”) Anton Pakhomov, based on the work of an excellent Tashkent author, winner of the First Prize Literary competition “Russian Book” Yevguini Abdulaev (Sukhbat Aflatuni) “Letters of Clay, Floating Apple” Anton Pakhomov. An unquestionable leader. A Talented, thoughtful artist a leading actor of the theatre. Perhaps it would be easier to name a perfomance where Anton is not playing, then to list off all of the performances in which he has played and is playing central and leading roles. But, there is another amazing quality about this talented person – a directors mind. This quality was not lost on his late Master – Mark Weil.This is maybe why he carefull streached him in the direction of directing and teaching entrusted with directing staged improvisations of modern plays from all over the world and named assistant to the director for his Masters last project. A Master who wished Anton would be “Born” as a director as well. Anton Pakhomov directed the following staged improvisations: “Lords” Helmut Kpausser (2006) “The Leuitenant of Inishmore” Martin McDonagh (2007) “Life in Roosavelt Square” Dea Locher (2007) “Checkov in Yalta” John Driver, Jerry Heddou (2008) “Story of a Solider” Igor Stravinski a dramtic improvisation in conjunction with the Omnibus Ensamble (2008) Sukhbat Aflatuni (Yecguini Abdullaev) His porse and poetry are amazingly delicate and interesting! His prose draw the reader in, with humor, depth, and uncanny satire (reflecting uncanny social truths) and leand to kind words, thoughts, and a smile… as well as a brain storm. In 2008 Anton Pakhomov won two Prizes of Ilkhom Theater: The Best Actor of the Year and The Audience Appretiation. Yevguini Abdullaev was born in 1971 in Tashkent. He is educated in philosophy and law. He is one of the founders of the artistic organization “The TashkentPoetry School”.He is a poet and a writer, he published the following books: Psalms and Sketches (Moscow. Elenin Publishing House, 2003,) A Landscape with A Cut Ear (Moscow. Elenin Publishing House, 2008,) Tashkent Novel (Amphora Publishing House, 2006.) His works were published in magazines Arion, Nations’ Friendship, The Star of the East, Banner, Jerusalem Magazine, New Youth, October and in the literary anthologies A Small Silk Way (Tashkent – Moscow, 1999-2005) and Inter Poetry (New York – Moscow, 2005.) He won the prizes from the October Magazine (2004, 2006,) the First Russian Award (2005) and the Youth Triumph Prize (2006.) He works as an editor of The Star of the East (since 2006) and in the editing council of Nations’ Friendship (since 2008.) He lives in Tashkent.