On September 14, Nikolai Roshchin’s premiere ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ kicks off XII International Alexandrinsky Festival on theatre’s Main Stage. Today, on September 12, at 7:30 p.m. (New Stage Media Centre) a lecture by Dmitry Bykov ‘Cyrano and Chatsky: two Russian dramas’ launches a series of educative co-programme events to the premiere. On September 13, at 7:30 p.m. a lecture by Evgenia Tropp ‘The lot of the play ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ by Rostand in Russia’ follows. On September 16, at 4:00 p.m. join us for a lecture by Alyona Karas ‘Old-time masks in the drama of Nikolai Roshchin’.
This year’s Festival is dedicated to the Fifth Anniversary of the Alexandrinsky Theatre’s New Stage, with most of events happening at the latter’s venues. Festival’s programme is aimed at introducing theatre goers to the variety of contemporary theatre’s formats, including: a walk around the building with VR headset on your head; autoteatro in the Theatre’s cafe; an interactive performance/monopoly game; performative video installation; an opera for violin and a scientist, and other selected examples of contemporary performative art.
‘The Golden Soffit’ St. Petersburg Highest Theatre Award 2017/2018 season nominees were announced today, with Alexandrinsky Theatre competing in four categories:
Best Actress – Anna Blinova as Commissar in Victor Ryzhakov’s ‘An Optimistic Tragedy. A Farewell Ball’;
Best Designer – Elena Zhukova for Anton Okoneshnikov’s ‘No Sun’; Sofia Matveeva for Zhenya Berkovich’s ‘Sunline’;
Best Large Scale Production – ‘An Optimistic Tragedy. A Farewell Ball’ by Victor Ryzhakov;
Best Small Scale Production – ‘The Diary. To Play Gombrowicz’ by Beniamin Kots; ‘No Sun’ by Anton Okoneshnikov.
The award ceremony commences on October 29, 2018, at Bryantsev Theatre for Young Spectators.
Since July 2nd 2018 the Museum of Russian Drama (exhibition of historical costumes, furniture and props in the Alexandrinsky theatre) is changing the working hours. From now on the museum is open for individual visitors at the day time on Mondays and Tuesdays 11.00 - 16.00. Theatre spectators can still visit the museum before the performance begins and during intermissions.
Tickets are available at the theatre box office.
On May 25 the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre hosted a meeting of Francoise Nyssen (Minister of Culture of France) and Valery Fokin (Artistic Director of the Alexandrinsky Theatre). Mme Nyssen is on official visit to St. Petersburg as a member of French Republic’s delegation headed by the President of the French Republic M. Emmanuel Macron.
Mme Nyssen met composers and musicians, who took part in the concluding concert of the Fifths New Music Festival reMusik.org, familiarized herself with activities of the New Stage Media Centre and ‘New Media Laboratory’. The Minister was accompanied by M. Olivier Guillaume (Counselor for Cooperation and Culture to the Embassy of France in Russia) and by Director of the French Institute in St. Petersburg M. Alain Helou.
The French Institute is the New Stage’s longtime partner, which supports numerous events of ‘New Music at the New Stage’ and ‘New Media Laboratory’ programmes, as well as production and staging of Russian-French performance ‘Krum’.
Alexandrinsky Theatre’s tour across cities of Ural Federal District commences these days. Valery Fokin’s performances based on plays by Nikolai Gogol will be shown to local spectators. Artistic Director’s interview to local media and theatre public will officially launch the tour on May 19, 3:00 pm, at TASS (Russia’s leading news agency) regional press centre, Yekaterinburg. ‘The Inspector General’ and ‘The Marriage’ will be shown at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre on May 19 and 21 respectively. Tjumen theatre goers will enjoy ‘The Marriage’ on May 24 at ‘Neftyanik’ Palace of Culture, while both ‘The Inspector General’ and ‘The Marriage’ will be shown at Surgut ‘Neftyanik’ Palace of Arts on May 27 and 29 respectively.
Tour across Ural Federal District also finishes a Farewell tour of ‘The Inspector General’ – one of Russian theatre repertoire’s best productions. On June 28, 2018, it will be performed for the last time at the Main Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre.
Alexandrinsky Theatre’s tour to Yekaterinburg and Surgut is run with the aid of ‘Grand Tour’ Federal Centre of Touring programme.