On September 1, an Honoured Artist of Russia Vera Velyaminova celebrates an artistic anniversary – 65 years at the stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre.
She joined Theatre’s company in 1952 an has played over eighty roles since then. Among most notable: Masha in ‘The Living Corpse’ by L. Tolstoy (1954), Maria Tudor in Victor Hugo’s drama of the same name (1964), Eurydice in ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles (1968), Tartagliona in ‘The Green Bird’ by Carlo Gozzi (1976), Rachmaninoff in Yuri Nagibin’s 1989 ‘The Bells’, Lady Jedburgh in ‘Lady Windermere's Fan’ by Oscar Wilde (1998) and many others.
On September 1, 2017 XI International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival begins with Lithuanian National Drama Theatre’s staging ‘Heroes’ Square’. The Festival schedule gathers productions from Lithuania, Russia, Germany and Egypt and, beside all, the residence of ‘Praktika’ theatre at the New Stage. This year’s programme includes a series of co-events – meetings with theatre directors, dialogues between theatre professionals etc. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Ivan Chechot, Mikhail Trofimenkov, Krystian Lupa, Ahmed El Attar are among speakers.
On August 30, 2017 Alexandrinsky Theatre enters its 262th season. By tradition, Festive programme launches at Peter and Paul Fortress at 10:00 a.m. with a solemn ceremony of laying white and red roses garlands on Empress Elizaveta Petrovna and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna tombs. At 11:00 the Theatre company gathers at the Old Stage of the Theatre. A solemn ceremony of laying flowers on the grave of V. Telyakovsky, the last Alexandrinsky Theatre managing director, is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in the Seraphimovskoye Cemetery.
“«An Optimistic Tragedy» at the Alexandrinsky Theatre’ exhibition opens at 3.30 p.m. Dedicated to the legendary G. Tovstonogov’s 1955 staging, exhibition correlates with season’s premiere - Victor Ryzhakov’s “An Optimistic Tragedy. A Farewell Ball”.
A press conference on XI International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival and creative aspirations of the new season, begins at 4:00 p.m. with Valery Fokin, Nikolai Roshchin, Krystian Lupa, Victor Ryzhakov and Dmitry Rodionov participating.
A series of lectures, meetings with directors, dialogues between theatre professionals will be held at the New Stage as a special programme dedicated to XI International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival performances. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Ivan Chechot, Mikhail Trofimenkov, Krystian Lupa, Ahmed El Attar are among the speakers.
Events, dedicated to the performance of Lithuanian National Drama Theatre ‘Heroes’ Square’ will come first, including dialogue between eminent theatre historians Alyona Karas and Katarzyna Osinska on Krystian Lupa, lectures by Ivan Chechot and Alexander Belobratov, a meeting with theatre director Krystian Lupa.
On August 30, a press conference of Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Artistic Director Valery Fokin will take place at the Media Studio of the Theatre’s New Stage. The press conference will cover the 262th season opening and kick off of the XI International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival.
Valery Fokin will speak of season’s premieres and theatre tours. Polish director Krystian Lupa will present a performance of Lithuanian National Drama Theatre ‘Heroes’ Square’, which opens this year’s Alexandrinsky Festival. Director Victor Ryzhakov will speak of his work on forthcoming premiere of ‘An Optimistic Tragedy. A Farewell Ball’. A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum’s director Dmitry Rodionov will present on Skype a joint exhibition of his museum and Alexandrinsky Theatre, named ‘The last staging in Russian Empire: “Masquerade” (1917-2017)’. Exhibition will take place at the Bolshoi Theatre as a co-event of Valery Fokin’s ‘Masquerade. Remembrance of the future’ tour to Moscow. Theatre’s Principal Director Nikolai Roshchin will speak of competition for young directors ‘Laboratory 17’.
Press conference starts at 4:00 p.m.