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Premiere of Best Performance of the Biennale of Theatrical Art 2017 Held in Belgorod

The play based upon a comedy by A.N. Ostrovskiy staged by the young director of the Russian Academic Youth Theatre became one of the finalists of the first Biennale of Theatrical Art, which took place in the autumn of 2017 in Moscow.

The Biennale objective is to reveal new young and talented Russian stage directors. The best directorial works were selected all over the country. Performances of theaters from Novosibirsk, Arkhangelsk, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Moscow were staged at the Biennale. The jury was represented by such masters of the Russian theatre as Alexey Borodin, Sergey Zhenovach, Dmitriy Krymov, Grigoriy Kozlov, Rimas Tuminas, Valeriy Fokin, Adolf Shapiro.

The ART-OKNO festival, one of the main objectives of which is to support young talents and establish creative dialogue between regions and cultural centres of Russia, acted as a partner of the Biennale and established a special prize for the winners.

The best plays presented in the competitive program of the Biennale will be held for spectators in the Russian regions in 2018.

The premiere of the play “My People, Aren’t We in the Same Boat?” was held on December 25, 2016. Alexander Ostrovskiy gave a short and simple title to his comedy: “The Bankrupt”. However, he renamed it on a censor’s advice and the play is known in the Russian literature under the title “My People, Aren’t We in the Same Boat?”