From May 29 to June 5, the XIX Festival of Theaters of Small Towns of Russia takes place — an event without which it is already impossible to imagine the cultural life of the country. This year, the host city of the forum is Nizhny Tagil, which is celebrating its 300th anniversary.
16 teams from different regions were selected for the competition poster, including the Nizhny Tagil Drama Theater itself with the production of “Spotted Dog Running at the Edge of the Sea” based on the novel by Chingiz Aitmatov. The theaters present 8 performances of a large form and 8 of a small one, and two winners, who will receive a ticket to Moscow on the stage of the Theater of Nations, will be determined by a jury chaired by Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation Nikolai Kolyada.
In addition to showing performances, a large-scale educational program has been organized for participants, including meetings with cultural figures, seminars, master classes and professional trainings, as well as film and excursion programs. The festival does not change its best traditions: teams can be here all the time to watch and discuss each other’s work, as well as attend non-competitive events.
We wish all participants a warm welcome and bright impressions from this wonderful theatrical celebration! And, of course, a separate hello to the theaters of Siberia, the Urals and the Far East!
Both children and adults have long been in love with Anna Starobinets’s literary series “Beastly Detective” — everyone is waiting for each new novel with impatience and awe. And now the heroes have taken the stage — the premiere of the first book of the cycle took place at the Tomsk Theater for Young Spectators.
The distant forest is shaken by the news of a cruel crime. Representatives of the law — the experienced Badger Senior and the impudent Badgercat — are determined to find the culprit. After all, even if Wolf himself is among the main suspects, this does not mean that the investigation should not be continued.
The idea to put on “Beastly Detective. Lair of the Wolf” came to the actress and director Ekaterina Kostina. “I like the idea that you can’t blame anyone until you have 100% of the evidence,” the director shares. “We need to analyze, look at the situation from different angles, strive to understand it, which children do not often know, and adults do not always succeed.”
An exciting plot, colorful characters, subtle humor will certainly make you a fan of this saga. The next premiere screenings of The Wolf’s Lair will take place on June 2, 6, 7, 10 and 11 — there are still tickets left for some of them!
Brilliant ideas, it happens, come in a dream — another confirmation of this will be the upcoming premiere of “Kolyada-Theater”. As the artistic director and director Nikolai Kolyada himself said in an interview with MK: “Suddenly at night I had a dream: as if I was walking around the Sovremennik Theater, I went into some office, Galina Borisovna Volchek was sitting there. I see that there is a play on her table, on the first page it is written: ‘Nikolai Gogol. ‘Taras Bulba’. A play by Nikolai Kolyada based on the works of N.V. Gogol’...”
The decision has matured — in October 2021, Kolyada set about staging, and rehearsals began in January. And now — after a few months, and, it seems, a lifetime — the time has come for the premiere of the play.
“The Russian theater has always brought people together, talked about love and that love builds and hate destroys,” says Nikolai Kolyada. And his “Taras Bulba” will be about this — about love for the Motherland, devotion to ideals, about the beautiful world on Earth.
The performance is dedicated to the memory of Galina Volchek.
The premiere screenings of “Taras Bulba” will take place on May 28 and 29, June 7, 19 and 30.
The final premiere of the season is ready to meet the audience at the Chelyabinsk Youth Theater — tomorrow you can see the play “Russian. Ostrovsky.
A few months ago, Ivan Minevtsev staged ‘Russian. Shukshin’, and now reflects on his own and our pain points through Alexander Ostrovsky’s play ‘Hot Heart’. According to the director, it is not like other classic plays — there is a lot of strange, even crazy in it. And the genre of the performance is defined as a result as a farce. Ostrovsky’s text has been cropped in many respects, but, as the directors say, ‘the very juice’ remains — a dense skeleton without ‘old monograms’. The plot is recognizable: the cruel masters of the possessive world are opposed to ‘little people’ with warm hearts and real feelings.
‘I am making a performance about a catastrophe inside a person,’ says Ivan Minevtsev. — About the breaking of all faith: in parents, in love, perhaps even in God. I’m talking about how a person breaks down when faced with a disgusting, cold injustice that cannot be replayed. And the whole play is a mirror. I want you to understand yourself, to feel yourself. You probably have young hot hearts, and you really want them not to burn anything and not cool down ... ”
Premiere screenings of “Russian. Ostrovsky” will be held on May 27 and 28.
Last year we talked about the laboratory held in Sharypovo, the theme of which was “Fantastic. Man”. We were very interested in whether any sketches are being realized, whether they will turn into performances. And now — the Lesosibirsk Drama Theater “Poisk” presented the audience with a premiere according to its own sketch!
Lyudmila Ismayilova’s production was called “Guest from the Future” and the genre was “pedagogical futurism”. The play is based on the 1960s short story “What a Pretty School” by Lloyd Biggle Jr., which would make a modern reader’s hair stand on end. The plot revolves around Miss Boltz, a teacher who worked on Mars for 25 years and returned to Earth. During her absence, the education system has changed dramatically — now distance learning is used, students watch and listen to lessons on TV at home, and the competence of a teacher is determined by how many children watch the lesson. Any methods are used — juggling, card tricks and even striptease. Is it still possible that Shakespeare’s plays rather than teachers’ shows hold students’ attention?
"Of course, everything that is happening around us and with us today could not but be reflected in the concept of the performance. One of the main questions for us was: what makes a person a person? — emphasized the artistic director of the theater Oleg Ermolaev.
Congratulations on the premiere and we wish the performance a long life!
The premiere with a mysterious title - "Something about the same and not only ..." - is included in the repertoire of the Altai Drama Theater named after Vasily Shukshin today. Even more intriguing is the genre of Dmitry Akimov's production - a trip to Mars in one act. In the theater, the performance is described as one that “reminds of the main thing. Helps to shed excess.
The nostalgic and warm story, written by Dmitry Kalinin, is addressed to a wide range of viewers, because it is a memory of childhood - and we were all children once. Huts and houses made of rags and branches, Cossack robbers and hide and seek, “forged chains” and catch-ups, and in the midst of fun, mother’s voice from the window: “Home, have dinner!” All this was included in a short trip to Mars - after all, in order to go there, you just need to believe. Remember?
The premiere screenings of "Something about the same and not only ..." will take place on May 24 and 29 - do not miss it if faith in miracles lives in you.
The Minusinsk Drama Theatre, which temporarily plays performances on the stage of the Center for Cultural Development, while its building is undergoing large-scale reconstruction, continues to replenish its repertoire with premieres. Over the weekend, there were screenings of a new play by Alexei Pesegov “The Mischievous Man” based on the story of Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak.
The performance takes the viewer to another era — the time of resettlement in Siberia. The family of immigrants is trying to build a new life, but a drama suddenly plays out — feelings flare up between a young wife and a native peasant living as a bean in his native village.
“I want to tell a story about how love can change a person,” Alexey Pesegov briefly comments. He is assisted in this story by the artist Svetlana Lamanova and the composer Evgenia Terekhina, who wrote the music especially for the performance.
The first viewers noted that the production turned out to be complex and sensual. The next battle of temperaments, customs and traditions can be observed on June 1st.
The Tomsk Drama Theater opens up new titles for its audience — tomorrow the premiere of the lyrical comedy “Flies Can Kiss...” based on the play by Ksenia Nikitina will take place here.
In the center of the plot are a man and a woman. Will is literally obsessed with National Geographic magazine, from a young age he keeps a kind of audio diary, where he writes down entertaining scientific facts and observations. He tries to explain to his wife Maggie that in every adult man a boy continues to live, dreaming about something global. Is Maggie easy next to the eternal dreamer? Can they be called one absolutely happy family?
The production of Anna Litvyakova is dedicated to the anniversary of the creative work of the People’s Artist of Russia Valentina Beketova, and at the end of the performance on the Chamber Stage, colleagues and the audience will be able to join in the congratulations.
Literally a couple of days left to wait for the Nizhnevartovsk theatergoers - and a holiday will come for them: the premiere of the tragicomedy "Money Like a Bucket". But the luckiest ones have already managed to peep the details of the production of Alexander Barkar yesterday at a closed preview.
The director of the theater is already familiar - a few years ago he staged here a sketch based on the play by Konstantin Kostenko "The Disappeared Cyclist", and many then noted the influence of David Lynch in this surreal story. Now they promise references to another cult director - Quentin Tarantino, and in general, a lot of Easter eggs are expected.
The play by Sebastian Thierry and the play by Alexandre Barkar are both a sitcom and a theater of the absurd. The plot of the plot is simple - a married couple suddenly begins to pour in money from nowhere, with which they simply do not know what to do. “This is understandable - this can scare rather than please, because we are used to having to pay for everything,” says the director. So, through laughter, the performance team will try to make the viewer think about what we sacrifice when we forget about everyone but ourselves.
The premiere screenings of the play "Money in a Bucket" will be held on May 21 and 22.
A mystical investigation is about to begin at the Achinsk Drama Theater — just a couple of days are left before the premiere of Artem Terekhin’s production of «Carbon». The director also acts as a playwright in collaboration with Ekaterina Avgustenyak, and the theater emphasizes that the details of the plot cannot be found anywhere except in the auditorium.
An investigator with superpowers, a young student, a caring maître d’, a suspicious professor — the characters move in a space reminiscent of a computer game and a noir detective at the same time, and try to shed light on the frightening relationships between the events taking place with them.
«Carbon is an element that underlies the entire organic world, participates in the emergence of life, contributes to death. We reflect on the fact that all human actions leave a trace, and not only carbon, — emotional, socially significant, destructive. Through the detective genre, we “investigate” the internal and external consequences of the usual and paradoxical actions of people,» comments Artem Terekhin.
Premiere screenings of «Carbon» will be held in blocks May
An unusual premiere is being prepared on the Chamber Stage of the Bratsk Drama Theater
As Shergin himself said, the fairy tale “fades, lowers its petals in writing, in print”, but “sparkles, shimmers with all the colors of the rainbow in oral transmission.” The Bratsk Theater will prove this again on May 18 and 19 at its premiere of Shergin’s Tale.
At the end of last week, good news came from Moscow — the expert council of the All-Russian Festival of Young Directors “Artmigration” determined the participants in 2022. And most of them are performances of the theaters of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East!
By the way, this year Artmigration will be held in a new format — if earlier the festival was stationed in Moscow, now every year it will move to a new city. And Yekaterinburg will be the first to accept it. “This will be the tenth Artmigration, and we decided that we need to come up with something new. The main idea of the festival is creative mobility, and we thought that we ourselves need to become mobile,” explained Dmitry Mozgovoy, Deputy Chairman of the Union of Theater Workers of the Russian Federation.
The Novosibirsk “Old House” and the Laboratory of Contemporary Art, the Mirninsky Theater, the Northern Drama Theater named after A.I. M. Ulyanova, Tyumen ITC “Cosmos” together with the art group KREATORZ. In addition, the Art Migration for Children project became part of the main program, and there are also representatives of the “native” regions of the New Siberian Transit: the Tomsk Youth Theater and the Novosibirsk Globus.
The festival will be held from October 8 to 16, and the full list of participants can be seen on the Artmigration website.
Chelyabinsk Drama Theater named after Naum Orlov, as a rule, supplies us with news about evening premieres, but today we want to talk about the upcoming performance for the smallest spectators! Director Daria Dogadova staged a charming and wise fairy tale “Bunny-Zannayka” based on the play by Sergei Mikhalkov. Remember how Hare found a hunting rifle in the forest and decided that there was no beast worse than him now? However, arrogance and arrogance played a cruel joke with him. It is no coincidence that a quote from another work by Mikhalkov was chosen as an epigraph for the performance: “One of the first precautions: to proportionate desire and opportunity.” The premiere screenings of “Bunny-Zannayki” will take place on May 14 and 15.
And adult spectators will rejoice at the end of May — on the stage of the Drama Theater will be held “Big Tour” of the Moscow Art Academic Theater named after M. Gorky. The capital’s guests will bring to Chelyabinsk the performances “The Master and Margarita” and “Zoikina Apartment” — the shows will be held on May 24 and 25, 27 and 28.
Debut at the Novosibirsk City Drama Theater directed by Sergei Afanasiev!
Theatergoers know Pyotr Vladimirov as an actor of the NGDT, and today he presents his first performance on this stage as a director. His choice fell on Viktor Rozov’s play The Entertainer. “In the NGDT, plays by Soviet playwrights of the sixties are often staged,” explains Petr Vladimirov. “There were many performances based on Volodin, Vampilov, but Rozov was not taken very often.”
The main storyline is based on a story of love and sacrifice — once Galina was forced to marry the prosecutor’s son in order to save her beloved, who leaves her and flees from Moscow. Now two men who were rivals meet in one of the sanatoriums, and their unsteady peace, built on lies and betrayal, is completely destroyed.
The theater notes that The Entertainer is also a rare play about the mechanism of fear. The director, in a commentary to the New Siberia publication, admitted: “I would like the audience, after watching the performance, to think: what is the most important thing in life? What should be preserved in oneself and in other people? In others — especially! I think this is very relevant. Especially today, in such a difficult time, when you want to live your life with dignity without repeating the mistakes of the past.”
A new project has started at the Novokuznetsk Drama Theater — it is called “Classics XIX” and will be dedicated to the works of the school curriculum, which may well claim the title of “cult” among young people. In the current and next theatrical seasons, it is planned to release three performances — “Dubrovsky” by Alexander Pushkin and “Fathers and Sons” by Ivan Turgenev are in development, but “A Hero of Our Time” by Mikhail Lermontov, director Andrei Grachev already presented to the audience yesterday. It is no coincidence that the production is genre-defined as storytelling — we can say that this is a modern retelling of one of the most famous classical texts. Three narrators try on the characters of the novel and try to find the root causes and motives of the protagonist’s behavior.
As they say in the theater, the project “Classics XIX” brings together works of Russian literature, in the search and actions of the heroes of which a modern young person can recognize himself or, on the contrary, oppose himself to them.
“Hero of Our Time” can be seen before the end of the season on May 11, June 7 and 8.