9. THEATRE AVANGUARD REALIZES ITS DREAM
the 15th Dec, 1999, a massive fast aeroplane Iljusin 76, that
usually serves as the aircraft for the training of Russian
cosmonauts, took off from the air base in Stellar City near
Moscow, carrying with it 14 Slovenians
and roughly the same number of Russian coaches and crew members.
Their aim was to perform the theatre play 'Biomehanika Noordung'
the work of the Slovenian theatre director Dragan Zivadinov.
To this purpose, the aircraft interior assumed a different
In the clear sky, the parabolic aeroplane Iljusin darted skyward
speeding at 700 km/h and reached a height of 10,000 meters.
On the summit of his parabola, zero gravity, lasting for approx.
30 seconds, occurred in the aircraft. After that, the aeroplane
sunk again, and again climbed up with great speed, created
parabola and resulting in weightless space
. The same thing
was repeated 11 times. Play at Iljusin went on for the entire
48 minutes, and actual zero gravity lasted 6 minutes.
By the end of the play, the actors and public were mixed up
on the weightless scene, and in this manner director Dragan
Zivadinov realised the great vanguard's dream. Namely, at
the end of his play 'Biomehanika Noordung', spectators flew
to the scene and joined the floating actors.
The dream of the theatre vanguard thus came true in the sky
above Moscow on 15th Dec 1999, at the edge of the stratosphere,
inside the airplane of the Russian centre of the training
of the cosmonaut 'Yury Gagarin'. It is the first theatre play
ever to be performed at the zero gravity and of course, the
greatest height above sea level ever since the beginning of
the theatre and world in general....