Ivanov family’s New Year tree

Black and white image of people sitting or standing in a dark room, sleeping. In the background, there is a projected image on the wall of a group of ladies sleeping next to a Christmas tree.

28th December 2012

Ivanov family’s New Year tree is a staging of the 1938 play, Christmas at the Ivanovs’ by Alexander Ivanovich Vvedensky, the preeminent early Soviet-era avant-gardist writer.

An unexplained murder rips through the heart of family festivities on Christmas Eve as a macabre story starts to unfold. Though never performed during Vvedensky’s lifetime, this largely overlooked experimental play remains as astonishingly prescient today as it was in the 1930s reminding us why absurdism, which holds nothing as absolute, is so feared by totalitarian regimes.