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Space of Directing, International Forum & Festival for Stage Directors

Published 03.07.08

4-7 October 2008, Perm, Russia

Festivals aim is to showcase stage directing techniques and highlight select directors personality. This is attained by an ongoing laboratory a Forum for realization and discussion of contemporary directing, directors professional development, and introducing of young professionals into the field.

Following the previous year start edition of the festival, its concept has been amended: select performances for the Forum discussions are now presented by Festival moderators rather than by their creators. Moderators highlight performances unique points and introduce their unbiased view of the directors work for further professional discussions.

Moderators for this year edition of the Festival will be Adolf Shapiro, Anatoly Smelyansky, and Elshan Mamedov who will be presenting performances of:

All discussions will be taking place immediately following Festival four performances. Further, a seminar for young stage directors and a conference about directorship involving music composers, set designers, stage architects, playwrights will be taking place. Participants will also be talking part in reconstructing some of the great performance works of the past.

Forum discussions will be held in Russian with translation into English if necessary for the International audience of the Forum. Additionally, limited translation into French is also being planned.


There is no Application Form, neither a deadline for applications, however, all participants must inform the Festival Coordinator of their participation in the Forum well in advance. Please include your:

Grant Scheme:

Theatre Union of Russia, Perm Branch offers a limited number of Travel Grants to young theatre stage directors (up to 35 y.o.) to attend the Forum and participate in discussions and master classes. Travel Grants cover Travel and Accommodation expenses and are awarded to stage directors who are Not employed full-time by a theatre company.

Generally, the Grant Scheme is reserved to Russian residents, however, it may be extended to include International guests of the Forum, which is at the Organizers discretion.


For further information and to send your applications including Grant Requests please contact Natalia Druzhinina, Festival Applications and Grants Coordinator

Note: Festival is organized by Theatre Theatre (Perm Drama Theatre) and is taking place in the City of Perm, Russia.

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