On January 8, the presentation of the Theatre Olympics 2019 was held in Tokyo, Japan. Chairman of the International Theatre Olympics Committee Theodoros Terzopoulos, SCOT Artistic Director and Theatre Olympics Art Director Tadashi Suzuki, Alexandrinsky Theatre Artistic Director and Theatre Olympics Director Valery Fokin guided in the presentation. Vice-Governor of the Primorsky Region Konstantin Mezhonov, representatives of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, members of Japanese culture, business and politics were among attendees.
For the first time in the history of international theatre movement, the Theatre Olympics will take place in two countries, in Russia and in Japan, at once. The presentation covered such issues as list of major Theatre Olympics participants, cooperation roadmap between two event clusters and Olympic events programme for Russia’s Far East, particularly highlighted by Valery Fokin and Konstantin Mezhonov.
On December 27, 2018 Andrei Kalinin’s ‘How Blue It Is, The End of Alley…’, based on the play by Rezo Gabriadze, premieres at the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre. Prominent painter, writer, theatre and film director, Rezo Gabriadze is also the Art Director of the performance.
Olga Belinskaya, Dmitry Belov, Anna Blinova, Honoured Artist Of Russia Arkady Volgin, People's Artist Of Russia Igor Volkov, Tikhon Zhiznevskii, Vladimir Minakhin, Igor Mosyuk, People's Artist Of Russia Sergei Parshin, Alexander Polamishev, Viktor Shuralev cast in the production.
Today, on December 13, the official grand opening ceremony of Year of Theatre in Russia (which is 2019) will take place in F. Volkov Russian State Academic Drama Theatre in Yaroslavl.
The Theatre Olympics, which is held in Saint Petersburg from June 15, 2019 and lasts till the end of November 2019, will be the core event of the Year of Theatre. Alexandrinsky Theatre is among key organizers.
On November 17, 6:00 p.m., the XVII Edition of Europe Theatre Prize and XV Edition of Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities award ceremony were held at the Main Stage of the Alexandrinsky theatre. This year’s winner of one of Europe’s most prestigious awards in arts, Europe Theatre Prize, is Valery Fokin, Alexandrinsky Theatre Artistic Director. The prize is given in acknowledgment of Fokin’s 'artistic diversity, absolute sacrifice to theatre art and longstanding theatre work'.
XV Edition of Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities prize were also awarded on that evening. The winners are: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium-Morocco); Swedish circus company Circus Cirkor; directors Julien Gosselin (France), Jan Klata (Poland), Tiago Rodrigues (Portugal); director, journalist and essayist Milo Rau (Switzeland). Special prize was given to actress Nuria Espert (Spain).
The ceremony was followed by Valery Fokin,'s 'Masquerade. Remembrance of the Future' demonstration.
This year’s Europe Theatre Prize events are the part of St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum programme, Baltic House Theatre-Festival is Europe Theatre Prize events organizer.
ALEXANDRINSKY THEATRE’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR VALERY FOKIN CELEBRATES THE JUBILEE OF HIS CREATIVE ACTIVITY
A series of events is scheduled all over Saint Petersburg from November 12 to 17 in order to celebrate the jubilee of creative activity of Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Artistic Director Valery Fokin.
- On November 12 spectators are invited to the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky theatre to meet and talk to the actor Anton Shagin. This is an opening event in a series of gatherings with People’s Artists of Russia: Avangard Leontiev (November 13), Konstantin Raikin (November 14), Yevgeny Mironov (November 17), who will share their memories of working with Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Artistic Director. The project is called ‘Unknown Fokin’.
- On November 13 the ‘Fokin Begins’ photo exhibition opens at the New Stage. The collection embraces work and creations of Valery Fokin form his very first stagings at Moscow Sovremennik Theatre to productions at Meyerhold Theatre Centre and at other eminent Moscow stages and theaters all over the world. Fokin’s filmed performances retrospective launches on the same day.
- On November 15 Mikhail Shvydkoy will moderate Valery Fokin open interview the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky theatre.
- On November 16 ‘The Fire’ movie project, based on ‘Today. 2016-…’ performance, will be presented at the New Stage Media center by performance’s director Valery Fokin, performance’s Artistic Director Nikolai Roshchin, scriptwriter Kirill Fokin and films’s producers.
- On November 17 the Main Stage hosts the grand ceremony of XVII European Theatre Prize, given this year to Valery Fokin, and New Theatre Reality Prize ceremony.
European Theatre Prize events programme will demonstrate the following Valery Fokin’s stagings to public: ‘Schweik. The Comeback’ (November 14 and 15), ‘Today. 2016-…’ (November 16), ‘Masquerade. Remembrance of the future’ (November 17). Along with theatre performances, an International conference, dedicated to Fokin’s works, will take place at the Alexandrinsky theatre’s New Stage on November 17, beginning at 11 a.m.