Valentin Rasputin



Stage version – Natalia Kovalyova



In Siberia, where rivers wind, and then split into several forks, there is a concept of “matyora”. This is how the main stream of the river is called. This is the main thing that gives life to everything around. Matyora - mater - mother...

The show "Farewell to Matyora" is based on the narrative by Valentin Rasputin of the same name.

All of his stories are about love. Love of a person to his own motherland, to a person who lives on this land. It's about our common memory. About who we are and where we come from.

Matyora in Rasputin's story - island and village - will be drowned because time doesn't stand still, hydroelectric power station is going to be built and the sea will overflow here. The motherly beginning of life, the basis - all this should go under the water. In the plot of the story one can read about the destiny of the native village of the writer Atalanka. It was in the flooded area in the years of building hydroelectric power station at Bratsk.

After so many years the content of one of the best works by V.Rasputin sounds like warning. To make the life go on we should remember about our roots, remember that we all are children of one and the same Earth. And it's given to us just for a while and our duty is to keep what has been storied by previous generations. One of the heroines - Darya - says: "The truth is in the memory. One who doesn't have memory doesn't have life. If you aren't afraid of the older - the younger generation will ask. they Will".

The characters of the show "Farewell to Matyora" ask these eternal questions to themselves and the spectators.

The show is played by the young. This is very important because it is addressed to the young in the first place. The old generation passes away and their knowledge and experience that they had been accumulating for centuries vanish. Nobody needs them in the modern world. A modern person is always on the run, they build grand plans, transform life. "He thinks he is a master for it but it has been owning him for a looooong time and it demands from him. Machines don't work for you anymore, but it's you who serve them and try to reach their level..." - Darya thinks aloud.

Though the plot is rather tragic the show is light and poetical, there is a lot of music, singing and dance in it - all that reflects talent of a Russian person, all that has been intrinsic for the Russian people from time immemorial.

When Valentin Rasputin read the stage version written by Natalia Kovalyova he asked her a very bitter question: "Do you think it's important to anyone today?" "It's important to me, - she answered. - I am sure I am not the only one. If I think about it, there must be other people thinking in the same way". The very first spectators answered the question of the great writer: their laughter, tears, their joy of empathy were the answer itself. What a pity that Valentin Rasputin couldn't see it.