Director: Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich

Length: 1 hour10 minutes

“Yelena” is more than just a performance: director and artist Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich has created a living, breathing sculpture. The play was created in collaboration with the actress Alina Nasibullinaya based on the adult fairy tale “The New Adventures of Yelena the Beautiful” by Lyudmila Petrushevskaya. The fairy tale tells the story of a superwoman who had the power, as has happened often throughout the course of history, to become the cause of war and strife, of uprisings and invasions, but instead turned out to be the cause of a small, invisible act of happiness. 

Author: Lyudmila Petrushevskaya

Artist: Katya Bochavar

Director: Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich

Cast: Alina Nasibullina


  • Director Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich: “Alina Nasibullina, an actress from the Brusnikin Studio graduated from the performance school Pyrfyr at the gallery “Solyanka.” You could say she’s one of my students, which is kind of wild. She’s a rebellious soul, and I mean this in a good way. She can’t quite figure out if she’s an artist or an actress. Alina is constantly thinking up fictional characters for herself, thus occupying a wonderful state of motion and ambivalence. Self-confidence and small mistakes are the two most important areas in which she could use support.
  • This is a story of the female body, of the line between theater and performance, performance and life, life and what is generally considered to be inviolable. The actress and artist Alina Nasibullina crosses all of these lines, becoming a part of the installation and continuing the tradition of “fast theater” that I started 10 years ago. Here, the text is a part of the mechanics of the performance, and the actor is a puppet who, over the course of the performance, takes the dominant hand away from the puppeteer and secures her own freedom. / Afisha Daily
  • We’ll warn you straight off: this production is wholly unusual since it blurs the line of theater and musical practices, so don’t be surprised / The Vanderlust
  • In a completely incomprehensible way, Nasibullina was able to turn a performance without action into an amazing show filled with endless self-reinvention, sexual energy, and overwhelming emotional resonance. Despite the obvious difficulties with plot, it was a pleasure to watch what was happening on stage, to wait and guess what number Alina would throw out in the next few seconds. Either another excited breath, another vocal change, or perhaps a harrowing scream. She is at once Yelena the Beautiful, an ordinary woman, and many other iterations of a human being. It was worth it to put on this show just to give Alina the chance to have a solo performance. / Moslenta