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The Rainbow Cinema

You can become who you want to be, no matter where the story starts 

Vladlena Sandu

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The Rainbow Cinema is a theaterproject by Vladlena Sandu, based on her own experiences as an adolescent. We follow a 17-year-old heroine, called Vlada, after the Chechen war. The young woman is forced to take the path of prostitution. She falls into the hands of a criminal gang that sells her in Moscow. The young heroine encounters many different men and other girls like her along her journey. The strength of The Rainbow Cinema is that Vlada never becomes a victim, no matter how violent the anecdotes. She remains keenly observant through it all, always choosing the light over the dark at the most crucial moments. As a result, she eventually manages to escape. Sandu’s testimonies are marked by her eye for detail, disarming honesty and humor. They ultimately teach the audience that you can always become who you want to be, as long as you keep believing that. 

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Text: Vladlena Sandu and Lena Tronina
Play: Ali Zijlstra and Vladlena Sandu
Translations: Dasha van Amsterdam and Purni Morell
Artistic support: Paulien Geerlings and Nina van Tongeren
Choreographic support: Polina Mirovskaya
Production support: de Toneelmakerij
Photographer: Tasha Arlova IG: @tasha.arlova