Theatre lovers enjoying much

Diversely interesting plays at International TEART Theatre Forum, hosted by Minsk for the first time
Belarusian audiences have been gaining acquaintance with the creativity of leading modern European theatre director Romeo Castellucci, from Italy. He is recognised throughout the world and has won several prestigious international prizes. Contemporary Polish theatre is represented by Persona. Marilyn, directed by Krystian Lupa and choreographed by the Poznan Dance Theatre, while the Latvian National Theatre’s Dead Souls is directed by Kirill Serebrennikov — a leading light in the world of theatre. It was among the best performances in Lithuania and Latvia in 2010. Lower Depths, by Lithuanian director Oskaras Koršunovas, is already familiar to Belarusian theatregoers; his latest premiere is Miranda, based on Shakespeare’s Tempest. Meanwhile, the Russian Theatre of Estonia is premiering One Summer Night in Sweden, dedicated to great director Andrei Tarkovsky.

The youth programme promotes the work of young directors from around the world, representing various theatre schools and traditions: Belarusian Igor Petrov’s joint Belarusian-Polish performance of Amazonia and French Pauline Raineri’s Baby’s Laxative are part of TEART’s Best Russian Performances — being nominees and award winners of The Golden Mask. Meanwhile, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, by the Karambol St. Petersburg State Musical Theatre, has been directed by young Vasily Barkhatov. Critics are hailing him as the hope of modern opera for his Stalemate Lasts but a Moment. The Russian Academic Youth Theatre’s Light My Fire (Teatr.doc), by Mindaugas Karbauskis, has become a cult classic among young Russian theatregoers.

Audiences will also be able to attend master classes with famous theatre directors and take part in round table discussions at the Visual and Performing Arts Centre, which is organising TEART until October 20th, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Belgazprombank.

The Centre aims to enhance the image of Belarus worldwide, promoting cultural and educational activities in the field of cinema, theatre and the visual arts.
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