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Russian Theatre Digest Ц January 2013

Konstantin StanislavskyТs 150th Birth Anniversary

January 17th marked the 150th birth anniversary of the great stage reformer Konstantin Stanislavsky

Virtually all Russian theatres marked this memorable date at home, but the main events took place in Moscow.

 

Exhibitions Dedicated to Konstantin Stanislavsky

The exhibition The House K.S.Built was opened at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. It was dedicated to Konstantin Stanislavsky’s operatic heritage. The organizers aimed at showing Stanislavsky not as a familiar figure but rather somebody unknown to many, as producer of operas, who staged The Czar’s Bride, Carmen, May Night, The Barber of Seville as well as the tutor of vocalists and directors of opera theatres.

The Handsom Man at the Stanislavsky Home Museum in Leontiev By-Street where he spent his last 17 years. There are on display personal belongings and collections of the master of the house, his portraits, sculptures and fragments of the sets of a number of productions.

The exhibition at the MXAT theatre focuses on the theme “Stanislavsky, the Actor.” There are his photos in 29 roles at the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT). Altogether the display features 140 photos, the authentic playbills and manuscripts, including the famed An Actor’s Work on Himself. All the materials are demonstrated to general public for the first time.

 

A Party at the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) on January 17, 2013 was the culmination of the jubilee celebrations. Its main event was the play Beyond the Method staged by Kirill Serebrennikov The production is based on documents and little-known material, such as Stanislavsky‘s letters, memories, official notes and accounts of rehearsals. The play portrays him as a powerful but paradoxical figure, remote from the canonic image of the great reformer of acting. In many parts of the production he is a strange man of poor health, ridiculous and tragically lonely. The production elicited emotions, from rapturous to utterly negative. The commentaries focusing on this spectacle are available in Russian at http://www.mxat.ru/performance/special/stanislavsky/

 

The International Conference “Stanislavsky and the World’s Theatre” was held January 18, 2013 at the Moscow Chekhov Art Theatre. The conference was attended by the leading directors, actors and theatre historians from a number of Russian cities and foreign guests: Trevor Nunn, Declan Donnellan, Luc Bondy , F.Murrey Abraham. The participants watched the video addresses by Peter Brook Peter Brook , Robert Lepage and Robert Brustein See http://ria.ru/culture/20130117/918490423.html http://www.newsmsk.com/article/19Jan2013/stanislavsky.html

 

The presentation of the Annual International Stanislavsky Award took place for the 18th time. The sponsor of the award is the International Stanislavsky Charity Foundation The award winners in this jubilee year were:

Theatre and cinema actor Sergei Yursky in the nomination “For the Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the Russian Theatre”;

Actors Martin Wuttke and Klaus Maria Brandauer in the nomination “For the Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the World’s Theatre”;

Three award winners received their prizes in the nomination “The Best Season’s Event”:

"The Wharf", a production of the Vakhtangov Theatre.

Nonna Skegina, theatre theorist, the author of the books about Anatoly Efros “The Seagull” and “Three Sisters”;

The group of founders of the memorial museum David Borovsky's Workshop, dedicated to the biography and work of the famous stage designer.

See http://news.mail.ru/inregions/moscow/90/culture/11615642/

 

The Russian TV channel “Culture” presented Anatoly Smeliansky’s film After “My Life in the Arts” January 14 - 18, 2013.
This film shot by the theatre historian, Rector of the MXAT Studio School Anatoly Smeliansky his film to the late period of Stanislavsky’s work. It is a 5-series film titled “Somebody’s House”, “In the United States”, “Return”, “The Method” and “The Illusion.” The author begins his narration from 1921, telling about such events as the nationalization of the Art Theatre, Stanislavsky’s protracted European and American tours that lasted for two years, the return to the Soviet Russia, the painful break-up with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, a heart attack and the medical prohibition for him to step on the stage. The film can be watched at the TV “Culture” website http://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/36805/video_id/194021/viewtype/picture

 

The Chekhov MXT plans to place a number of unique books and recordings of its productions on the Internet
 The Moscow’s Anton Chekhov Art Theatre has announced the launch of implementation of the project The Art Theatre's Heritage. Electronic Library a part of the complex of events dedicated to the celebration of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s 150th birth anniversary. It is planned to make available to the general public TV and cinema versions of the theatre’s best productions as well as short-run publications prepared by the MXAT Studio School research centre of (a total of 42 books) with links on 17,314 pages, 3,607 illustrations, 12,178 commentaries, the authors’ index and material shown at a number of displays as well as documents from the MXAT museum's vaults.. All the 77 series of the TV programme cycle anchored by the well-known theatre theorist at the MXAT Studio School Anatoly Smeliansky shot by the TV channel “Culture” in the 1990s-2000s will also be placed on the Internet. Electronic versions of the books from the MXT hybrid library will be available at the US Congress Library, as well as Russian and international library networks. Work is underway on the compilation of the IPad version of the most precious publication, MXAT. One Hundred Years supplied with previously not displayed illustrations from the MXAT museum. The hybrid library resources will be available on the website www.mxat.ru

 

The Russian news agency RIA-Novosti has placed a set of photographs dedicated to Konstantin Stanislavsky on the Internet website http://visualrian.ru/ru/site/lightbox/4308/

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