Frankfurt's Russkij Teatr, the only Russian-speaking theater in Germany,
opened its third season with "Spinning Soul," based on Vladimir
Nabokov's stories "The Potato Elf" and "The New Neighbor,"
written in Berlin in the 1930s. Actor Aleksandr Bargman presented his
performance in 1994 at the Pushkin Theater in St. Petersburg and again
in Frankfurt on May 6th and 7th, 1997.
"Bergman's technique is brillant, the range of his voice impressive,
his gestures are nuanced and minute. His perfect rhythm and choreographed
movements emphasize the action's seriousness and portent," Aleksandr
Svobodin wrote in Teatral'naia zhizn' (10/1996). "The drama is
a cry of humanity in distress. Nabokov's style is conveyed with precision
and subtlety. The tiniest movements, minutest portrayals, unusual montages
of different states of the soul were rendered by the artist. A truly artistic