In the Year theater Russia will host International theatre Olympiad — one of the major theatrical events of 2019. In St. Petersburg will give a tour of the best theatres from 15 countries, as well as the national theatres of the regions of Russia. In the framework of the Olympics across the country also will be lectures and master classes by the leading theatrical figures.
Alexandrinsky theatre, Saint Petersburg. Photo: spb.aif.ru
In the year of its 25th anniversary Theatre Olympics for the first time in history will be held simultaneously in two countries — Russia and Japan. The opening ceremony will be held on June 15 in Saint-Petersburg, Alexandrinsky theatre will be the main venue of the Olympic games this year and show most of the plays on its Main and New scenes.
In St. Petersburg the program will be presented by theatres from 15 countries: “Bouffe du Nord” (Paris, France), the “Berliner ensemble”, Berlin (Germany), the theatre company FC Bergman (Antwerp, Belgium), folk art theatre of Beijing (China), national theatre (Budapest, Hungary), theatre “Attis” (Athens, Greece), theatre company SCOT (Toga, Japan), the theatre schaubühne (Berlin, Germany), the Old theatre (Krakow, Poland), “Piccolo Teatro” (Milan, Italy), theatre chorus (Imphal, India), “Bulandra” (Bucharest, Romania), “Nantier-Amandiers” (Paris, France), etc. — as well as the national theatres from Russian regions. A separate exchange program planned in collaboration with the Theatre Olympics in Japan.
In the regions of Russia will be a tour of St. Petersburg theaters, as well as lectures and master-classes by leading theatre figures from around the world.
In the framework of special programs will be organized two additional Olympic live sites — a part of the theatrical screenings will be held in the far East, and the camp “Artek” participants a special theatrical shifts will be able to take part in rehearsals with Directors, master classes and meetings with participants of the Olympiad.
Download the preliminary program on the official website of the Year of theatre and the International theatre Olympiad — 2019.
Theatre Olympiad — a major international festival that serves as a platform for the development of global theatre integration and dialogue of theatrical figures of different countries. The theater Olympics was established in 1993 on the initiative of the internationally renowned theatre Director Theodoros of Terzopoulos and first held in 1994, the home of theatre in Greece, in Delphi.
The origins of the Olympic theatrical movement was classics of world theatre — Director Theodoros Terzopoulos, Yuri Lyubimov, Heiner müller, Tadashi Suzuki, Robert Wilson. The main idea of the Theatre Olympics is uniting different theatre schools under one banner. During the Theatre Olympics most implacable opponents, the media often opposing views of the theatre, get together to present the most complete picture of the modern theatre. In different years the Olympics were held in Greece, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Poland, China. Russia Theatrical competition has been held for the second time: in 2001 it was held in Moscow. At present, the only Russian Director in the International Committee of the Theatre Olympics — artistic Director of the Alexandrinsky theater Valery Fokin.
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