The Idiot

The Idi

The Idiot / Идиот / based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky / Directed by Maxim Didenko

Maxim Didebko


Set and Light design
Pavel Semchenko


Costume Design
Anis Kronidova


Ivan Kushnir


Video Design
Ilya Starilov


Ingeborga Dapkunaite (Prince Myshkin)
Evgeny Tkachuk (Parfyon Rogozhin)
Roman Shalyapin (Nastassya Filippovna, Lebedev)
Pavel Chinaryov (Aglaya, Ganya)

The second production of Dostoyevsky's “Idiot” at the festival comes from Russia in the original language, directed by Maxim Didenko, one of the most sought-after Russian theater directors of the new generation. Aesthetically, the artist takes a quite unusual path and stages the novel with only four actors as "Cirque Noir". With little dialogue, a lot of physical performance and heavy make-up, Didenko shows a new level of abstraction and comedy in dealing with the famous plot.


Even though there are over 20 characters in this ‘most personal of all Dostoevsky's major works’, only four actors are engaged in the performance - alongside with breathtaking Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė, who plays the part of Prince Myshkin. Maxim Didenko staged The Idiot in the aesthetics of “cirque noir": “among all the other, there are two things in our world that got lost: the culture of clownery and the perception of Dostoevsky as a living human full of irony”.


The director brings into the limelight the novel's romance triangle 'Myshkin - Nastassya Filipovna - Rogozhin' and all those extraordinary events one often overlooks, being preoccupied with the novel’s 'accursed questions'.


A production by Maxim Didenko, based on the novel by Feodor Dostoevsky. The story unfolds in the space created by Pavel Semchnko, a founder of the AKHE Engineering Theatre.




Theatre of Nations, Moscow, Russia, Premiere 2015

 in Russian, with English subtitles


duration 1:30h


January 27th, 2021, 7pm (available until midnight) on

Foto: Irina Polyarnaya