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.
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.