[How’s that for Gay Propaganda? – White Skirts looking like White Shirts for some causual surveillance van snuggles. Anita Rachvelishvili (Lyubasha) and Olga Peretyatko (Marfa) in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov, Berlin/Staatsoper 2013. – Photo Credit: why of course it is Monika Rittershaus]
Tcherniakov’s celebrated look at the media and its influence on political and affective cultures was a surprise hit in 2013 and ran again this past spring at Staatsoper im Schillertheater, with Marina Prudenskaya as Lyubasha. I remember the surname of the Marfa as Zallakova, but now as I set out to look up the production page once again, it seems to have been wiped clean. Too bad, I would have loved to point you towards past and future performance dates and more photo material.
The trailer is still on YouTube, though:
The very appealing costumes for this production, btw, have been created by Caroline de Vivaise, who also is responsible for The Shirt (you know the one).
And in case you’re interested in the full (very intriguing, and very well thought-out) production and the odd tension between Lyubasha, who gets first-wives-clubbed for Marfa and later kills her, and Marfa (who is in love with one man, ordered to married another (in this production: fictional) and creepily desired by a third, who used to date Lyubasha): check the usual source.
(as for the original “OTP Russian Winter”, there is always this old favorite by Penumbra – ah, space lesbians. Happy times!)