dead souls



Chichicov, Gogol’s protagonist, practices a very particular activity -he sells dead souls-.

The search for buyers serves Gogol as a pretext for drawing a picture of Russian society in that era.


All the houses that Chichicov visits are supported by the same type of columns. But no house resembles the previous one. Time has infected the columns with their masters'defects.

The columns are suspended in the air in the house of the naive, twisted and entwined in the house of the miser and multiplied in the halls of the powerful.


The decision about the movility of the columns required the use of an elastic material mounted on a metal chassis.

The director was Clementina Otero de Barrios, an institution in Mexican theater.