Accentuating experimentation and innovation
International TEART Forum to take place in Minsk from September 27th to October 22nd
The agenda includes 21 performances in two programmes — international and a new additional off-programme, Belarus Open. As is traditional, the international section will present the greatest and prominent world performances, accentuating experimentation and innovation. It will open on October 3rd at the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre with a loud dance premiere — Igor Stravinsky’s magic ballet Firebird from the repertoire of legendary Russian Seasons by Sergey Dyagilev, staged by People’s Artiste of Russia, Andris Liepa.
On this day, Belarusian audiences will be first presented with the work by legendary designer and decorator Léon Bakst — Costume Design for the Ballet Firebird — from Belgazprombank’s corporative collection, created by the artist in 1922 for the original performance.
The programme will also include the provocative Stavangera (Pulp People) of the Liepaja Theatre staged by one of the brightest and hardcore modern Russian producers, Konstantin Bogomolov and Alvis Hermanis’ masterpiece Oblomov after Ivan Goncharov’s classic novel (New Riga Theatre).
A new production of Anton Chekhov’s Chaika (Seagull) will be brought by the Vilnius Theatre and Lithuanian producer Oskaras Koršunovas. An original interpretation of the Russian and Soviet classics will be also offered by two Russian theatres. The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre will show a silent play Mother Earth after the novel of the same name by Chingiz Aitmatov. The Oleg Tabakov Theatre will tell The Story of Happy Moscow after Andrey Platonov’s novel. Theatres from Denmark and Slovenia will take part in the forum for the first time.
The Belarus Open programme from September 27th to October 2nd will feature Belarusian experimental theatrical projects with a bold look at ordinary things. Among them is Moody Hockey Player by Pavel Pryazhko (Visual and Performing Arts Centre), What if There Is No Tomorrow by Dmitry Bogoslavsky (Republican Theatre of the Belarusian Drama), theatrical readings of plays by Andrey Ivanov — It’s All Because of Her and by Victor Krasovsky — Carriage, together with Irina Garets (Belarusian Dramaturgy Centre). The Dance Theatre Karakuli will present one of its premieres — Square One — together with SKVO’s Dance Company’s Second.
TEART will be wrapped up with a premiere of Father in the Yanka Kupala Theatre after the Belarusian playwright Dmitry Bogoslavsky’s play The Quiet Rustle of Passing Steps. The director of this story about eternal values of human life is Yekaterina Averkova. The play marks the 80th birthdays of outstanding actors of the Drama Theatre, Gennady Ovsyannikov and Gennady Garbuk.
Apart from the plays, the programme of the forum will also comprise master classes, meetings and round-table discussions.