The Stanislavski Centre is collaborating in promoting screenings in the UK presented by Stage Russia, a project devoted to bringing Russian theatre productions to a global audience. Professor Michael Earley, Principal of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is working with the project as an Academic Adviser.
The first initiative of Stage Russia, in collaboration with SpectiCast Entertainment and Kinematika Studios, is Stage Russia HD, filmed live productions of a variety of works currently on the stages of Russia’s great theatre companies. The inaugural season commenced in September 2016 with the Vakhtangov Theatre’s magical production of Rimas Tuminas’ Eugene Onegin and continues in January 2017 with the Moscow Art Theatre’s staging of The Cherry Orchard.
In addition, the first season will include productions from the Sovremennik Theatre, from Kama Ginkas’ MTuZ, and a contemporary dance version of Anna Karenina from the Vakhtangov Theatre. The full slate of five productions, spanning from September 2016 to May 2017, can be found on the official website of Stage Russia (http://www.stagerussia.com). Please visit the website to find upcoming screenings
Overall, the project’s goal is to provide a broad mix of genres and styles, including classic productions, dance pieces, satirical works, Soviet era surrealism, some with familiar titles and others that are lesser known to Western audiences, but which provide a small peek into what’s called the Russian soul… which, in typical Russian fashion is, of course, elusive.
Stage Russia also aims to make an archive of important Russian filmed stage productions, that stretch back over decades, available to university libraries and audiences at a low subscription cost to enhance the study of contemporary Russian theatre and drama. The Stanislavski Centre will also be involved in this initiative. More news will be forthcoming in 2017 about this project.