Daniil Strakhov: Talk Honestly to Yourself
"Teatral" Magazine (February 2010)
Strakhov, who became popular after several TV
series, has always performed a lot in the
theater. Ableukhov in Gogol Theater, Dorian Gray and Caligula in the
Theater on Malaya Bronnaya, Platonov in the Student Theater of
the Russian Academy of Theater Arts
(GITIS) are just a few of his theatrical roles. This season the
actor has returned to the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya, playing the lead
character in the theater’s new production of Leonid Zorin’s “Warsaw
Melody”. In the interpretation of director Sergey Golomazov and actors
Yulia Peresild (Polish girl Gelya) and Daniil Strakhov, this, already
classical play “for two” became a story of a man’s betrayal and a
woman’s faithfulness. This is how I, a woman, perceived it. Daniil did
not agree with me.
You have just played a weak man, who betrays his
beloved woman and because of that becomes an unhappy, crushed being.
This is how you perceived this story, and many women see it
exactly like this. Male audience sees it in an absolutely different way.
- Then explain why your character, Victor a
strong and a brave man, a hero who just returned from the war does
nothing to stay with his beloved woman?
he do? He did not have any options. None. After the decree prohibiting
marriages with foreigners had been issued, he was transferred to
Krasnodar and Gelya left for Poland. What options did he have? What did
he have to do? Cross the border through Finland?! All women even the
smartest ones, are expecting heroic actions from men. But life does not
consist of heroic actions; otherwise we would all be living in a
Schiller’s play! You see, the best thing about “Warsaw Melody” is that
every person assembles it like Rubik’s Cube him/herself. The main task
for us was to make the right, literate analysis of the play and I think
we succeeded. My own objective in this role was to bring my character,
Victor, beyond of what’s good in the beginning and degrade him in the
end. He was strong in the first act and pathetic at the end of the
play. And I believe I managed to do it.