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Russian Theatre Union Projects & Events

Published 29.08.2019

Take a note of all the projects and events that are planned by Russian Theatre Union for 2019.
Many of these projects are open to participation and we encourage that you contact the organizers directly for details.

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Note that the calendar carries events with set dates only.

ARTMIGRATION, Forum and Festival

Young directors recently graduated from Moscow theatre schools whose performances are in repertoire of Russian theatres beyond Moscow and Saint Petersburg are the heroes of this Festival. The Forum offers a communication platform for creative youth of different performing arts disciplines and also an opportunity to participate in seminars, presentations, discussions, and showcases.
Professionals aged under 35 from other cities can apply for accommodation coverage in Moscow.

When: 9-15 September, 2019
Where: Moscow
Contact: start-std@mail.ru, www.start-std.ru
Application form: start-std.ru/media/cms_page_media/135/Anketa%20Artmigrazia.doc
Application deadline: 01.03.2019

Federation Theatre Festival

New theatre festival established as part of the Year of Theatre Programme will be held in Grozny, The Chechen Republic. The festival will present 14 shows by theatres performing in local ethnic languages. Founders of the Festival are the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture, Russian Theatre Union and the Government of the Chechen Republic.

When: September 11 - 19, 2019
Where: Grozny
Contact: dramnac@mail.ru

Ilkhom Theatre from Uzbekistan on Tour in Moscow

Ilkhom Theater will present two of its shows in Moscow’s Center for Contemporary Drama and Directing on 5 - 9 September with the support of the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation.
Mark Weil's Ilkhom Theater is one of the first non-governmental independent theaters in the former Soviet Union, founded by director Mark Weil in 1976 in Tashkent.
In Moscow Ilkhom will show Tsvetaeva. Fedra. and The Dog’s Heart.

When: 5-9 September 2019
Where: Moscow
Ilkhom Theater will present two of its shows in Moscow’s Center for Contemporary Drama and Directing on 5 - 9 September with the support of the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation. Mark Weil's Ilkhom Theater is one of the first non-governmental independent theaters in the former Soviet Union, founded by director Mark Weil in 1976 in Tashkent. Same as forty years ago, now Ilkhom remains primarily an independent, experimental and ensemble theater. In 2011, the theater was awarded the Prize of the Royal Dutch Prince Klaus Foundation. Today, the theater produces new shows, holds laboratories and master classes, organizes various cultural projects. Close cooperation between Ilkhom Theater and SounDrama Studio began in 2010 with the production of Alisher Navoi's The Seven Moons staged by Vladimir Pankov. Then The Rain Behind the Wall based on the play by Yuri Klavdiev premiered in 2013, and Tsvetaeva. Fedra based on the play by Marina Tsvetaeva was produced in 2017. In Moscow Ilkhom will show Tsvetaeva. Fedra. and The Dog’s Heart. phpYSValf.jpeg

Laboratory 40+

The project is designed for established actors with over 15 years of professional experience. The workshop gives an opportunity to have professional conversation with colleagues, reflect on their careers and artistic practices and try out new strategies. The workshop will result in the performance about actors. In the course of the lab various known in theatre history methods will be tried out (i.e. Mikhail Chekhov, Nikolay Demidov theatre methods, for instance). The final performance will be shown at the ARTMIGRATION festival in September 2019.

When: August - September 2019
Where: Moscow, Russia
Contact: start-std@mail.ru

Baltic House, International Theatre Festival

The BALTIC HOUSE International Theatre Festival is one of the most significant and prestigious theatre forums in Europe. Organized since 1991, in October. Venues – all scenic areas in the BALTIC HOUSE Theatre-Festival, as well as stages of St. Petersburg theatres. The BALTIC HOUSE Theatre-Festival today is a large-scale forum which presents the most complete picture of European theatre life for professional community and the audiences.

When: October 2019
Where: Saint Petersburg
Contact: http//baltic-house.ru/en, fc@baltichouse.spb.ru

Nationwide seminar for playwrights

Participants of the seminar are the winners of Russian national playwrights competitions and young authors - grantees of the Russian Theatre Union. The programme consists of readings and discussions of new plays.

When: October 2019
Where: Actor Resort - Ruza
Contact: dramaturg@stdrf.ru, stdrf-novikova@mail.ru

SOLO, International Theatre Festival of Solo Performances

SOLO festival presents the best solo performances from Russia and abroad in Theatre Center "Na Strastnom" - a unique non-commercial platform in Moscow, founded and inspired by the Theatre Union of Russia.

When: October 2019
Where: Moscow
Contact: www.nastrastnom.ru
Application deadline: 20.06.2016


RFTU Department of theater for children and puppet theater organizes Laboratory for young artists working in theaters for children and youth under the leadership of Professor Alexander Kuzin. Theme of the laboratory is how to work with poetic drama.
Actors working in theaters for children and youth in the regions of Russia and aged under 30 are welcome to apply.
Participation in the project is free; RFTU covers hotel accommodation.

When: 19-23 November, 2019
Where: Moscow, Russia

Artmigration Festival for Children

The Festival will introduce the best performances for children and youth directed by the young theatre directors who have recently graduated from Moscow theatre schools and work in regional Russian theatres.

When: November 2019
Where: Moscow, Russia
Contact: art-kids-2018@mail.ru


From November 27 to December 1, 2019, you are welcome to join our Caravan to Yekaterinburg – the cultural hub of the Ural region, a less known area of Russia. Yekaterinburg is often referred to as the "third capital" of Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) - vast, rapidly developing and rich in all kinds of resources, a city of cultural challenges and the country’s source of creative talents.
Interested? Send in your application before 13 September. Both IETM members and non-members are welcome to apply.

When: 27 November - 01 DECEMBER 2019
Where: Yekaterinburg
Contact: www.ietm.org
Application form: www.ietm.org/caravan-yekaterinburg-2019/apply
Application deadline: 13.09.2019
CARAVAN YEKATERINBURG 2019 27 NOVEMBER - 01 DECEMBER 2019 From November 27 to December 1, 2019, you are welcome to join our Caravan to Yekaterinburg – the cultural hub of the Ural region, a less known area of Russia. Yekaterinburg is often referred to as the "third capital" of Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) - vast, rapidly developing and rich in all kinds of resources, a city of cultural challenges and the country’s source of creative talents. Situated in the Ural Mountains, Yekaterinburg is a cultural bridge between Asia and Europe. Traditions, artistic trends and initiatives "from the Urals" are famous and loved across the country: the Ural rock music and the Ural poetry, the Ural dramaturgy and the Ural science fiction, the Ural contemporary dance and the Ural non-conformism, the Ural school of animation... Nowadays, the most prominent contemporary art initiatives include the Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, the Stenografiya Festival of Street Art, and famous across Russia Kolyada-Theatre and Tatiana Baganova’s Provincial Dances Theatre. Yekaterinburg is known for lots of independent companies, theatres and studios – students', youth, university, and school theatres, and every year this environment is replenished with new names. Our Caravan will introduce you to the city’s authentic and vibrant cultural life and showcase its rich performing arts scene. Co-organised in collaboration with the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation, this Caravan will be a great opportunity to discover new geographic and artistic territories to feel the cultural roots of the region, to network with local and international artists, establish new contacts and partnerships, visit key venues, and get acquainted with the local reality and... travel through the Russian winter. Interested? Send in your application before 13 September. Both IETM members and non-members are welcome to apply. Preliminary program of Yekaterinburg Caravan Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:00 - 14:00 Touristic tour - excursion through the city centre We will visit the city’s most famous locations and hidden historical gems. After having wandered around Yekaterinburg, we will end our excursion by visiting the venue of the Yeltsin Centre. 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch 15:00 - 17:30 Welcome speech After an introduction of IETM for non-members, the delegates will be provided with an overview of the situation of the performing arts in Russia and Ural region: developments and challenges in the field. The introduction will be followed by a discussion about opportunities for the Russian performing arts sector in building partnerships with other countries and the challenges implied: mobility, funding, visa, among others. 17:30 - 18:30 Welcome reception 18:30 - 19:00 Shuttle to Yekaterinburg Theatre for Young Audiences 19:00 - 20:00 Performance #1: Girl with porcelain eyes by Provincial Dances Theatre 20:00 - 20:30 Shuttle to Yeltsin Centre 20:30 - 21:45 Performance #2: Far Away (by Caryl Churchill) 21:45 - 00:00 Night meeting point Thursday, 28 November 2019 10:00 - 13:00 Artists rounds Selected Russian artists will introduce themselves and their work to the international Caravan participants. Delegates will share their ideas and experiences during this session. 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 14:00 - 14:30 Shuttle to Yekaterinburg Drama Theatre 14:30 - 16:00 Visit of Drama Theatre - open rehearsal 16:00 - 16:40 Shuttle to Kolizey 16:40 - 17:20 Performance #3: A.T.C.B.P. (And this could be possible?) by Minoga Dance 17:20 - 18:00 Visit of Kolizey 18:00 - 18:20 Walk to the Yekaterinburg Puppet Theatre 18:20 - 19:00 Visit of Yekaterinburg Puppet Theatre 19:00 - 20:15 Performance #4: Don Quixote by the State Puppet Theatre in Yekaterinburg 20:15 - 21:15 After-talk 21:15 - 00:00 Night meeting point Friday, 29 November 2019 10:00 - 12:00 Session with the curators of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art Presentation of the programs of the Ural Biennial of different years: from ideas to the realisation. 12:00 - 12:30 Shuttle to the Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch 13:00 - 16:00 Visit of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. The Ural Industrial Biennial is the largest regional art project with international participation among those existing on the territory of the Russian Federation. The Biennial takes place in the former industrial and non-exhibition spaces in Yekaterinburg and other cities in the Ural region. In its 5th edition, the Ural Biennial explores concepts behind the Immortality, both secular and sacred; it is seen as a powerful utopist idea, as technocratic obscurity, as a symbolic tool and as a condition which might cause evident ethical schisms. 16:00 - 16:30 Shuttle to Kolyada Theatre 16:30 - 17:30 Ural contemporary dramaturgies - Visit of the venue of the Kolyada Theatre Discussion: Ural School of Contemporary Playwriting introduced by Artistic Director of Kolyda Theatre, playwright and founder of the Ural School of Contemporary Playwriting - Nikolay Kolyada, with the participation of the Ural playwrights. 17:30 - 19:00 Free time 19:00 - 21:30 Performance #5: Woe from Wit 21:30 - 22:00 After-talk 22:00 - 00:00 Night meeting point Saturday, 30 November 2019 11:00 - 12:20 Performance #6: The Little Mermaid 12:20 - 12:40 Visit of Theatre for Young Audiences 12:40 - 13:00 Shuttle to City of the Chekists, Local History Museum 13:00 - 13:40 Performance #7: Come on, Lotreamon by Mesto 13:40 - 14:10 Visit of City of the Chekists, Local History Museum 14:10 - 14:30 Shuttle to Yeltsin Centre 14:30 - 15:30 Lunch 15:30 - 17:00 Inclusive Performance Excerpts 17:00 - 18:00 Discussion: Inclusion - working with disabled people If the performing arts mirror society, where is disability being represented? How can we all take responsibility for breaking down the barriers that prevent access to the arts for professionals of the sector or/and for the audience? We will look at a range of situations and discuss strategies for providing access and building an inclusive sector. 18:00 - 18:20 Shuttle to the Musical Comedy Theatre 18:20 - 19:00 Visit of Musical Comedy Theatre 19:00 - 20:30 Performance #8: Real Jazz Concert 21:00 - 22:00 Performance #9: Rhapsody in Rock style/ Russian folk instruments ensemble 22:00 - 22:15 Walk to Actor’s House 22:15 - 00:00 Closing dinner Sunday, 1 December 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Farewell brunch 13:00 - 16:00 Post-meeting trip Excursion to one of the major tourist attractions of the Ural region phpxj9o8N.png

Dmitry Bertman's seminar for young opera directors

The main goal of the seminar is to find a natural combination of new technology and Russian opera traditions.

When: November 2019
Contact: korablinaolga@mail.ru

Kolyada Plays, International Theatre Festival of contemporary plays .

International Theatre Festival of contemporary plays "Kolyada Plays" is held annually in Yekaterinburg (Ural region). The Festival is a showcase of productions of contemporary plays directed in three years prior to the Festival. Discussions of the performances are essential part of the Festival programme.

When: November 2019
Where: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Contact: kolyada-teatr@sky.ru

Seminars for young theatre critics and journalists

Seminars are to encrease the professional skills of young critics, stimulate discussions about the problems and trends of theatres in Russia and understanding of the current theatrical process in the country.

When: April, May, October, November 2019
Where: Moscow, Arkhangelsk, Voronezh, Kirov
Contact: demmak@mail.ru

The Young Set Designers Exhibition KLIN 14

An annual exhibition of young set designers - students and graduates from Moscow theatre schools who specialize in set design. KLIN is an exhibition of (and for) young art that breaks into the format of “grown-up theatre”.

When: November 2019
Where: Moscow
Contact: imirz@mail.ru

«Start-up» Project

«Start-up» - informational website for young and emerging theatre professionals who want to know about and apply for projects and support programs of the Russian Theatre Union.

Contact: www.start-std.ru

ART-BAGGAGE Travel Grants program

The program is designed to stimulate international cooperation and artistic mobility. Grants cover travel expenses for individual theatre professionals taking part in professional theatre events abroad: conferences, trainings, festivals and residencies.

When: Before Dec. 15, 2019
Where: All countries
Contact: art.stdrf@gmail.com

Artistic Workshops

All year round Russian Theatre Union organises workshops for theatre practitioners of all disciplines (directors, actors, designers, etc.) across Russia to foster professional development, networking and exchange. All the workshops are led by outstanding Russian artists and leading theatre trainers.

Contact: www.stdrf.ru/labs, dramnac@mail.ru, detkuk@stdrf.ru, music@stdrf.ru

Catalogue for Musical Theatres

Theatre Union‘s web project is dedicated to smooth over the repertory problems in Russian musical theatres: the catalogue includes information on musicals compositions, just produced or performed.

Contact: http://stdrf.ru/news/1758

Catalogue of the contemporary foreign plays

Digital catalogue - the plays are arranged by the playwrights, enterpreters, genres, language. List of the new publications is also available.

Contact: dramaturg@stdrf.ru, www.rtlb.ru/ru/plays/

Digital Theatre Words

Digital Theatre Words (DTW) is a global project undertaken by International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT), the goal of the project is to compile an Internet dictionary addressed to all theatre professionals: set designers, stage architects, managers, costume designers, light designers, sound specialists, technicians, etc.
The Russian-English version worked out by the Russian OISTAT Centre is available online at www.rtlb.ru/en/dtw/

Contact: www.rtlb.ru/en/dtw/

RTU Publishing

Russian Theatre Union is a founder and publisher of several theatre magazines: THEATRE, THE OTHER SHORES, STRASTNOY BULEVARD, 10, THE STAGE. Selected publications or electronic copies of the magazines are available on their websites.

Contact: www.oteatre.info, www.inieberega.ru, www.strast10.ru, www.the-stage.ru

Teatr (The Theatre) Magazine

THE THEATRE (TEATR), the oldest of the existing Russian theatre magazines, is currently edited by Marina Davydova. There are three main sections of the magazine: On Stage (to represent all genres of theatre history including the genre of detailed review); Off Stage (to cover all kinds of the sociological aspects of drama that meet broad public response) and Beyond the Stage (to highlight the events from the standpoint of theatrical culturology). Above all the magazine has the section called Yellow Pages that carries all sorts of curious statistics, infograms and the results of various polls.

Contact: www.oteatre.info

Theatre Marathon. Eight Theatre Forums in the Russian Regions

In the course of 2019 Russian Theatre Union will organise eight Theatre Forums, one in every region of the Russian Federation, with a common title "Russian Theatre in the XXI Century. New Perspective". Every Forum will gather over 200 theatre practitioners with the aim to work out common grounds, foster artistic creation, inspire and support young theatre artists, offer training opportunities, facilitate artistic collaboration and networking.

When: 2019
Where: Across Russia
Contact: regionstdrf@mail.ru, stop_art@mail.ru

Theatre Union Grants to support artistic projects for children and youth - 2019

As part of the State Program to support Theatre for Children and Youth Russian Theatre Union annually awards grants for artistic projects aiming to facilitate development of the TYA (i.e.festivals, workshops, publishing of the specialised books and others).

Contact: grantdeti@gmail.com, www.stdrf.ru
Application deadline: 01.04.2016

The Boyar House

A Russian Theatre Union (RTU) venue with 18th century arched ceilings offers excellent atmosphere for all sorts of theatre events. It gives space to young experimental artists and independent theatre companies, hosts RTU projects, festivals, theatre designers exhibitions, installations, lectures and workshops.

Contact: www.bpstd.ru, www.stdrf.ru

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