I haven’t begun to live yet


  • Show
Tatiana Frolova / Théâtre KnAM
Performed by
Dmitrii Bocharov, Vladimir Dmitriev, Tatiana Frolova, German Iakovenko, Ludmila Smirnova

This was one of the high points of the Sens Interdits Festival in 2017. Tatiana Frolova is back, mingling the personal with the historical in an uncompromising portrait of today’s Russia.

Over 7,000 miles separate Lyon from Komsomolsk-on-Amur. It was in this city in the far East of Russia, built by prisoners in the Gulag, that Tatiana Frolova founded the KnAM theatre in 1983. It makes use of all the resources available to contemporary art – videos, photographs, sound, documentation, objects, actions – to give voice to what is happening today. The present features strongly in “I haven’t begun to live yet” – but then so does the past and the future.

In this exploratory documentary, the director summons the story of the USSR as it becomes Russia once more. The stage is virtually bare: a blackboard, a table, earth, two screens – and voices which rise, faces which express bewilderment at the future which lies before them. With a mosaic of personal accounts, Tatiana Frolova gives a voice to two generations, one born before Perestroika and the other one on the eve of the collapse of the USSR. These intimate stories are overwhelming in their sincerity. The emotion is unrelenting: it’s a play which leaves you reeling.

Running time
2 : 00
Théâtre du point du jour

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    SHOW IN RUSSIAN subtitled in french

    7, rue des Aqueducs
    Lyon 5e – Bus : C21, 90, 45 (arrêt Point du Jour), 46 (arrêt Théâtre-Église Notre-Dame)

    On site ou by phone : friday, august 31th
    Online : thuesday, august 28th


    Documentary material: texts, images, interviews, accounts, extracts from articles, studies, historical works, and memoirs gathered by artists from KnAM Theatre.

    French text, subtitles – Bleuenn Isambard / Lighting designer – Tatiana Frolova / Sound designer – Vladimir Smirnov / Video designer – Tatiana Frolova, Dmitrii Bocharov, Vladimir Smirnov

    Production: Théâtre KnAM (Russie)
    Executive production : Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon
    Coproduction: Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon, Festival Sens Interdits, Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi – Scène conventionnée pour la diversité linguistique, Les Treize Arches – Scène conventionnée de Brive
    Supported by ONDA – Office National de Diffusion Artistique

    La Russe radicale Tatiana Frolova au sommet de son art et de son analyse sur ce qu’il reste de l’URSS. Le Petit Bulletin


    Un spectacle qui parle (…) magnifiquement de la terreur, de la peur et du mensonge.  Mediapart


    Un théâtre d’une inventivité formelle sidérante qui n’a rien à envier aux meilleures compagnies. Mouvement.net


    L’émotion est à fleur de peau, elle ne quitte pas le plateau. L’Express

    In parallel with this play, there will be a screening of KnAM sur Amour, from Bleuenn Isambard and Maciej Patronik; featuring Russian theatre company KnAM at their theatre in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (date and venue to be confirmed).