The ‘Invisible Shows’ Theatre Project Presented its New Invisible Performance ‘A Christmas Story’ at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

26 December 2016

On 19 and 25 December 2016, the auditorium of the Garage Museum staged free performances of A Christmas Story by the Invisible Shows theatre project with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. The production was created in 2016 with the support of the Foundation.

The Invisible Shows project presents plays that don’t have a visual component. Productions are perceived through sounds, smells, and tactile experiences. Listeners find themselves immersed in the epicentre of an audiobook that has come to life, in which the events happen around rather than in front of the audience.

At the onset, the Invisible Shows project was directed towards viewers with visual impairments. The increasing interest of a wider audience determined the project’s subsequent development. Today, the performances—which viewers “watch” blindfolded—have become a new form of avant-garde theatre.

A Christmas Story is a play about timeless values and rebirths in the night before Christmas, staged by Director Semen Filippov and based on the novella by Charles Dickens. The musical extravaganza—authored by the renowned composer Vadim Kaverin—features traditional English Christmas hymns and carols with the addition of Irish tunes, choral singing, as well as the sounds of unusual musical instruments.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation has supported the Invisible Shows project as part of its programme for helping visually impaired children for the past 2 years. In 2015-2016, the Foundation supported the project’s tours to specialised institutions for blind or visually impaired children in the regions of Russia. In 2015, the Wolke performance was seen by audiences in the Vladimir, Voronezh, Ivanovo, Kaluga, Kostroma, Moscow, Orenburg, Ryazan, Saratov, and Tambov regions. In 2016, performances of Wolke and Scarecrow were held in the Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Rostov, Smolensk, Tver, and Ulyanovsk regions, as well as Krasnodar Krai and the Republic of Karelia.

Thanks to the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, a total of 21 cities of the Russian Federation were visited as part of the tour. The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation has been a partner of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art since 2014.

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