My little Antarctica

Моя маленькая Антарктида
by Tatiana Frolova/KnAM Theater
Direction and Light: Tatiana Frolova

Guest Performance during FIND 2020

 In »My little Antarctica«, the KnAM Theatre searches for historical traces in their city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, surrounded by taiga in the Far East of Russia, where winter lasts for up to six months and temperatures fall to minus 40 degrees Celsius. The official history asserts that Komsomolsk city was built by volunteers of the Komsomol — members of the Communist Youth Organization, which gave the city its name: the City of Youth. In reality, Komsomolsk was built in the 1930s by gulag prisoners forced to work in the bitter cold. Older generations remain silent on the subject. From this contradictory history of a city, Tatiana Frolova and her team create the portrait of a deeply unsettled post-Soviet society riven by tensions and repression. The production, with a text based on conversations with young Russians who are questioning their own history and inspired by Andersen’s »The Snow Queen«, journeys into the heart of perpetual ice which »freezes hearts«, produces social indifference and preserves resentments.

The KnAM Theatre is an independent Russian theatre company founded in 1985 by Tatiana Frolova in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. It started with productions of classic dramatic texts by Sartre, Strindberg, Ionesco, Dürrenmatt, Chipenko and Prigov before turning to documentary theatre. Its works, which are always created collectively, combine video, film, photography, sound and performance and interweave individual with collective ( Russian) histories.

Sound: Vladimir Smirnov
Video: Tatiana Frolova, Dmitrii Bocharov, Vladimir
Surtitling: Bleuenn Isambard
Technical Management: Sylvain Ricci,
Production Management: Emmanuel Serafini, Véronique Fayard
Collection of documentary material (text and images, interviews, testimonies, autobiographies): KnAM Theater

With: Dmitrii Bocharov, Vladimir Dmitriev, Tatiana Frolova, German Iakovenko, Ludmila Smirnova


Duration: ca. 100 minutes

FIND is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin