HARRY PYE'S POSTCARD FROM LONDON
MONOLOGUES. TO BE PRESENTED BEHIND THE SCENE DURING PERFORMANCES.
NIKOLAY POLISSKY'S LANDMARKS
PECULIARITIES OF THE RUSSIAN SPIRIT
ZEN GARDEN FOR BEGINNERS!
AABEL VIKERPUU, THE HAPPY DYING MAN
The march was played in honour of Margarita. She received a festive welcome. Transparent water nymphs stopped their game over the river and waved to her with water plants. On a wide green river bank their loud greetings echoed far. Naked witches jumped out from the willows, lined up, and bowed to Margarita in a deep and royal manner. Goat-legged faun arrived on bird wings, kissed her hand, spread out a silk carpet, and asked if the queen was satisfied with her bath, so she could lie down and rest.
"The Master and Margarita"
Dear reader, You are holding the 13th issue of Epifanio in your hands. This is the special edition of Russian culture. So far, we have had the special edition of beingness (Epifanio 2/2005) and of people (Epifanio 5/2006).
The current number pulls together the latest and most interesting phenomena within the Russian cultural space – in Estonia and elsewhere. Some young Russian novelists have caught our eye with their good sense of textual flow. Ilona Martson makes an overview of the creative works of Andrei Ivanov, P.I. Filimonov and Nikolay Karayev, whose writings can be characterized by their "radical disinclination to talk from any other perspective than their own." As an illustration of their literary handwriting, some poems and miniatures are presented from these authors.
Harry Pye's postcard from London talks about Woody Allen's movie from his early years, "Love and Death", which is based on his favourites in Russian classical literature, and about Olga Chernycheva's exhibition in London's Calvert-22, portraying simple Russian people.
Yuri Avvakumov takes us into the mysterious allure of light and darkness. And there is a short text about Russian land artist, Nikolay Polissky, whose primal force creates sculptures of egg plants, sticks and logs in a small village called Nikola-Lenivets. The synergy occurs in his cooperation with the villagers and Mother Earth – the sculptures are wonderfully versatile according to each season.
Vilen Künnapu is on the search for the most brilliant examples of the Russian spirit in architecture, movies, and life.
A Japanese architect living in Estonia, Tomomi Hayashi endeavours to capture the essence of Japanese Zen gardens. And Mehis Heinsaar writes about a young but experienced dier Aabel Vikerpuu, who teaches the art of dying to elderly ladies. Mart Aas and Nato Lumi share clever tips to actors, who play little roles in the beginning and at the end of theatrical performances.
Enjoy your time with Epifanio 13.,
August Künnapu / editor
Photo: Aive Mets