The St. Petersburg Maly Drama Theatre Tour across Belgorod and Kursk Regions

25 July 2014

With the support of the Foundation, from 14 to 16 of July, the Maly Drama Theatre — Theatre of Europe, under the direction of Lev Dodin, performed their award winning play Intrigue and Love in cities across the Belgorod and Kursk regions. The play won the Golden Mask Award for the best dramatic performance in 2014 and the Golden Soffit Award for the best director. This tour took place thanks to the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

Theatre goers in the cities of Stary Oskol, Gubkin and Zheleznogorsk were given the chance to live through the tragic story of two young people, written by famous German playwright, Friedrich Schiller, and staged by the legendary theatre director Lev Dodin. Its stars were such brilliant actors as Ksenia Rappoport, Alexander Zavyalov, Igor Ivanov, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Danila Kozlovsky, Igor Chernevich and others.

The current tour across the Belgorod and Kursk regions is a continuation of the programme established by the Theatre of Europe which is aimed at restoring touring links (between the towns of a country) the loss of which in the 1990’s led to the utter cultural starvation of many communities across the Russian regions. The Theatre’s work in this area began in 2007 and today it is entirely supported by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

The Director of the Foundation, Maria Krasnikova, said: “The author of Intrigue and Love, Friedrich Schiller, who was not only a playwright, but also a theorist on art, considered the art of theatre to be a powerful tool in the process of educating a harmoniously developed personality. This notion, in my opinion, has not lost its relevance up to this day. I believe that our combined actions with the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg keep yielding positive results from year to year.”

The project’s first tour took place in 2007 and went out to the cities of Arkhangelsk, Novgorod and Kazan. The Theatre visited Kaliningrad and Irkutsk in 2008 and Stary Oskol, Zheleznogorsk and Novotroitsk in 2009. In 2010 the tour reached the cities of Petrozavodsk, Vologda, Yalta and the Theatre came to please the audience of Zheleznogorsk and Stary Oskol for the second time. With the assistance of Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, the Maly Drama Theatre toured Novotroitsk again in 2011. And now we’re seeing another meeting with the audiences of Stary Oskol and Zheleznogorsk and the first introduction with the city of Gubkin.

“People in cities like Gubkin, Zheleznogorsk and Stary Oskol are incredibly openhearted, sincere and sensitive,” said Danila Kozlovsky. “And throughout all of my journeys, although there were not so many of them in Russia, I have always felt welcomed.”

The Deputy Director of the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, Neelie Akhmadulina, said: “It was a unique tour. It’s the first time in its history the Theatre has lived in such a fashion: three cities, three plays, three days of hard round the clock work, not including the time needed for preparations. As a result, thanks to the support of the Foundation, we have brought famous actors to these great cities. We have brought along two tons of equipment to ensure that each auditorium has good light and sound. We have done it this way because our main audience is a Russian audience. And Russian viewers deserve to see our nation’s best performances in impeccable quality”.

According to viewers the theatre’s current tour across the cities of Belgorod and Kursk regions was named the brightest cultural event in 2014.

Catherine Bulkina, who lives in Gubkin shared her emotions after the show: “To say simply that I liked it is to say nothing. It was a remarkable opportunity to draw one’s self closer to beauty and to enjoy amazing actors play without leaving the city. Frankly, I have never attended any events like this in my life. I thank everyone who made this event possible”.

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