This September, The Stanislavsky Electrotheatre (Moscow) participates in XII International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival with its first ever tour to Saint Petersburg. The Stanislavsky Electrotheatre’s residence will present two of its essential productions at the New Stage: ‘Galileo. Opera for Violin and Scientist’ and ‘Drillalians’ – both directed by Boris Yukhananov, Theatre’s artistic director and conceptualist. It was his idea to found The Stanislavsky Electrotheatre on grounds of new theatrics, a combination of drama and opera.
‘Drillalians’ is an opera series about fantastic country Drillalia, which exists in parallel reality. The country is in danger, and modern Prince is the one who tries to save it. Series is based on the novel by Boris Yukhananov of the same name. It is a five-part fantasy-like journey to past, present and future, to Venice and Saint Petersburg, into surrealistic Universe, and to the kitchen of a common fellow, who is obsessed with his mission.
Six of modern Russia’s leading composers - Dmitri Kourliandski, Boris Filanovsky, Aleksei Siumak, Sergej Nevski, Aleksei Sysoev, Vladimir Rannev – have created five-parts score, when every part is a declaration of its own and a unique acoustic experiment. ‘Drillalians’ is a phenomenon of contemporary theatre and a paramount operatic occasion in a row of characteristics: music, ideology, scenography, technology, performance.
This production was nominated for the ‘The Golden Mask’ National Theatre Award (season 2015 - 2016) and praised by critics as a landmark opus of contemporary operatic art. Growing number of professional musicians and amateur music lovers join admirers of ‘Drillalians’ every day.