Fans of Santa Barbara can check out a new interpretation of the sudser, but not in Burbank California. Artist Ragnar Kjartansson will refilm episodes of the former NBC soap - and screen them - in GES-2, a new arts complex in Moscow, Russia. Actors will also re-enact Santa Barbara scenes each da during the exhibit, starting September 2020.
"It was the first American soap to be shown in Russia. Russians were reading poetry to each other and then suddenly Santa Barbara arrived and everything changed. It’s an emotional mass, a sculpture. We’re constantly acting out scenes with people saying things like ‘You have betrayed me!’”
The foundation behind GES2 said in a statement:
"This is a love [from the Russian public] that demonstrates how the powerful mechanisms of drama—the same that the artist manipulates in his work—can affect reality, how fiction and art can affect the world.”
A former power plant-turned-arts complex, GES-2 is around the corner from the Kremlin. Perhaps Vladimir Putin will pop by and take up the role of Mason Capwell?