On December 13, 14 and 15 Nikolai Roshchin’s ‘Mayakovsky. The Bathhouse’ premieres at the Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Main Stage.
The production of a play by Vladimir Mayakovsky ‘The Bathhouse’ is a long-time creative intention of the Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Principal Director. This is going to be Nikolai Roshchin’s second rendition of this play after January 2017 production for the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre. Although bearing new spacial and designing solutions, suitable for the Main Stage, the production, however, preserves original concepts of Meyerhold’s theatre – uniform costumes, atmosphere of a three-ring circus and tragic carnival – all rethought in a contemporary-theatre expression.
The cast stars: Stepan Balakshin; People's Artist of the Russian Federation Igor Volkov; Honoured Artists of the Russian Federation Elena Zimina, Sergei Kuznetsov, Elena Nemzer; Sergei Mardar, Dmitry Belov, Dmitry Girev, Valery Stepanov, Andrei Matyukov, Andrei Kalinin, Nikita Barsukov, People's Artist of Ukraine Yevgeny Kapitonov et al.
Performances start at 7:00 p.m.
On September 3 and 4, 2019, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre hoists premiere of ‘Power to the Children’, directed by Nikolai Roshchin and Andrei Kalinin. The play (originally: ‘Victor, or Power to the Children’) by Roger Vitrac, French poet and playwright, is regarded as the most staged surrealistic French play.
The cast features Ilya Del, Stepan Balakshin, Elena Zimina, Anna Seledets, Elena Nemzer, Andrei Matyukov, Olesya Sokolova, Sergei Mardar, Elena Vozhakina, Andrei Kalinin, Aleksei Demidchik.
Two lectures accompany the premiere of ‘Power to the Children’: ‘Delusion as the major drama tool (Roger Vitrac and the surrealism)’ by Vadim Maksimov, theatre historian with an emphasis on French theatre (September 2); ‘Surrealism in the cinematography’ by Mikhail Trofimenkov, film critic and film historian (September 3).
On August 30, 2019 264th season opened at the Alexandrinsky Theatre
A solemn flower-laying ceremony in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul fortress on the tombs of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna marked the occasion. The former gave the Theatre birth on August 30, 1756 while the latter gave the Theatre her name in 1832.
A series of events took place in the Theatre’s venues the same day: company’s meeting; press-conference of the Theatre’s Artistic Director Valery Fokin (beginning at 1:00 am); presentation of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna’s bust by Zurab Tsereteli; demonstration of re-designed New Stage usher’s uniform, sketched by Valentin Yudashkin; presentation of the river-tour ‘Alexandrinsky Theatre in the history of Saint Petersburg’.
On May 15, 2019 the first official press-conference, dedicated to international Theatre Olympics 2019, will be held in TASS building, Saint Petersburg (37A Shpalernaya st.).
Speakers of the press-conference include Alla Manilova (Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation); Valery Fokin (Artistic Director of the Alexandrinsky Theatre and the member of Olympics’ organising committee); Vladimir Kirillov (Vice-Governor of Saint Petersburg); Farhid Bikchantaev (Artistic Director of the Galiaskar Kamal State Academic Theatre).
The event will be joined via video-conference by Chairman of the International Theatre Olympics committee Theodoros Terzopoulos (Greece); by composer, director and pedagogue Heiner Goebbels (Germany); and by director, member of the International Theatre Olympics committee Robert Wilson (United States).
The press-conference begins at 4:30 p.m. Online streaming available.
The official opening ceremony of the International Theatre Olympics will take place on June 15, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
On April 16, 2019 the ceremony of XXV ‘The Golden Mask’ National Theatre Award (season 2017/2018) was held at Bolshoi Theatre’s Historical Stage (Moscow, Russia). Alexandrinsky Theatre won ‘Drama/Best Large Scale Production’ award with ‘An Optimistic Tragedy. A Farewell Ball’.
Congratulations to each and everyone in production crew and performance cast! You make the performance live on stage.