Opened 27 Mar 2014
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
In 1890, Anton Chekhov journeyed alone for three months across 3,000 miles of Siberian wilderness to make good on his commitment to medicine. His destination: the remote Tsarist penal colony of Sakhalin Island. His goal: to document the harrowing living conditions of the exiles and convicts incarcerated there. But what was Chekhov really seeking on Sakhalin? And what did he find there? How would his self-imposed exile affect him? Through a mesmerizing collage of image, sound, original live music and movement, The Russian Doctor plumbs the mysteries of the island, conjuring the 10,000 inhabitants and evoking the resonances of the writer-doctor's experiences there. An exploration of the impossibility of escape, The Russian Doctor is a meditation on freedom.