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March 27, 2021 10:01 am

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Moscow-based non-profit organizations help people with disabilities study acting and participate in performances.

March 27 is World Theater Day. In Moscow, in addition to ordinary theaters, there are also inclusive theaters: people with disabilities play in their performances. Let’s talk about theatrical projects that allow you to be creative, regardless of health, age or other characteristics.


Theater project “Nedoslov” brings together actors with hearing impairments. The project participants talk on stage about events and feelings without using speech, using the language of dance and plastics.

Today there are already 24 members of the troupe. All of them are graduates of the theatrical faculty of the Russian State Specialized Academy of Arts, where people with hearing impairments can get the profession of a theater and cinema artist. The repertoire of Nedoslov includes nine performances on a variety of topics. Here you can see a musical about the life of the Soviet court in the early 80s, the romantic comedy Love and Doves, the classic production of Duck Hunt based on the play by Alexander Vampilov, and much more.

Actors participate in domestic and foreign festivals: the theater team has visited Scotland, France, Spain, traveled to more than 30 cities in Russia. You can find out the schedule of performances and order tickets on the theater website.


Inclusive cinema project “Interaction” creates performances, videos, documentaries, trainings, master classes with the participation of people with Down syndrome.

The projects involve a troupe of 14 people with this diagnosis, as well as professionals from the world of theater, cinema and dance, who help them unleash their creative potential.

In the New Space of the Theater of Nations and together with its actors “Interaction” staged the play “Boundless Dialogues”. The artists read excerpts from the texts of Lewis Carroll, Tove Janson, contemporary poet Vera Polozkova. And on March 24, on the stage of the ZIL cultural center, the premiere of the play “Boo” took place, dedicated to the theme of interaction between dissimilar people.

Interaction plans include creative laboratories where directors, playwrights, choreographers and performers will learn to work with special actors. They want to present the sketches created in these classes to the public in May, and in June the theater troupe will again take the stage with the play “Boo”. You can follow the theater poster on the site.

“Circle II”

Integrated theater studio “Circle II” works with people with disabilities, their loved ones, as well as directors and specialists in special theater. The team conducts educational trainings, classes in acting, stage movement, dance and musical improvisation, clownery. In “Circle II” actors with autism, Down syndrome and other features play. Each season they present five to eight new performances.

One of the closest performances is the documentary performance “Laundry”. The plot is based on real stories about relationships, growing up, personal transformation and dialogue with the world of young people – the special actors of “Circle II”. The performance will take place on April 10 at the cultural center “Integration” named after N.A. Ostrovsky at the address: Tverskaya street, house 14. You can buy tickets link.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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