Evgeny Grishkovets
21 detsember 2016 kell 19:00
Nordea Kontserdimaja

Evgeny Grishkovets

Whisper of the Heart

In his new performance ‘Whisper of the Heart’ Evgeny Grishkovets invites the public to have a personal encounter with his fantastical character — The Heart. And, as always, talks about important but simple things with bittersweet humour and astonishing simplicity.

This encounter with The Heart takes place on a mountain made of leaves, scrutinised by the light of the hospital lamps. It is under these same lights that every person is finally constrained to listen to and eventually comprehend one’s heart. Evgeny Grishkovets says that in his performance The Heart can sometimes cry, at moments say something meaningful and then again be quiet. ‘However, the nicest experience comes when the heart whispers’, the author is convinced. 

Grishkovets’s Heart whispers about the emotions and feelings that are still thought but no longer talked about. It whispers about the childhood, when there was no divide between an individual and The Heart. About the fears of already grown-up people and, of course, about love — the most difficult and dangerous of all feelings, the only emotion which can awaken even the sleepiest of the hearts.

Although we are called Homo Sapiens — ‘the wise man’, the majority of us lives by the norms of conformity. People do things which do not bring any profit neither to them nor to their environment. ‘Whisper of the Heart’ is calling for people to value life and to spend the hours, days, and years given to them full of meaning. Grishkovets and his Heart show the audience that we spend too much time worrying about small things and fail to see whatever could make us truly happy.

Evgeny Grishkovets’s theatre always touches upon the innermost of emotions. It brings up the feelings which are difficult to admit to and the things that we no longer have the time to think about. In ‘Whisper of the Heart’ a small and grumpy character, dressed in a funny overalls, is sitting on the heap of pink leaves. A bright medical light is shining on him while he repeats incessantly: ‘Less love and worrying about nonsense!’ At the beginning of the performance the audience is laughing at him. At the end, they usually start crying. 

From these monologues of The Heart it is easy to deduct that the hero of the play is no longer young. He is tired and disenchanted and cannot hide his feelings from his heart. All his fears, every emotion, each glass of wine and even a stupid burger are uncovered by his heart. Whatever Grishkovets decides to describe, be it a fear of flying or a desire to finally own this ‘nice countryside house without neighbours and internet’, we can always recognise ourselves in his plays. This recognition of one’s hidden desires and innermost feelings is one of the main reasons why the public loves Grishkovets so much. Although he never talks about eternal philosophy, he always brings up the most important and touching topics. And he does so with his familiar hoarse voice, awkward pauses and hesitations. One cannot help but feel that this is the way people confess to something very important, yet embarrassing, like the pain of the heart or the pleasure in every suffering until such pain is finally experienced.