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24 September 2021, 10:01

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Fragment of the poster for the play “Over there” of the “Praktika” theater

The performances scheduled for the 2021/2022 season include productions based on plays by Jun Fosse, Mark Ravenhill, as well as a multimedia project by Pavel Pepperstein and Dmitry Melkin.

The Praktika Theater, which did not formally go on vacation after the 2020/2021 season, spoke about its plans. He will continue to work with the Museum of Moscow on a new level. In mid-October they will present a joint project. Read more in the mos.ru article.

First premieres and “Praktika Theater at the Museum of Moscow”

The season at Praktika will open with two new performances, which will premiere on October 9 and 10. The first of them is the play “Over there”, which was based on the play by the modern Norwegian poet and playwright Yuna Fossa. Director – Maya Dorozhenko, a graduate of the directing department of RATI GITIS (workshop of Sergei Zhenovach). The play involves actors Elizaveta Yankovskaya, Alexey Zolotovitsky and Lev Zulkarnaev. The performance will be staged in the Auditorium hall of the Museum of Moscow.

On October 9 and 10, the premiere screenings of Shoot / Get treasure / Repeat will take place, based on a cycle of experimental anti-war plays by British playwright Mark Ravenhill. It is prepared by the resident of Praktika – Dmitry Brusnikin’s Workshop. Director – Alexey Martynov, set designer – Valery Chtak, composer – Dima Anikin. The premiere will be shown at the international festival-school “Territory”, later the performance will be included in the repertoire of “Praktika”. He will walk in the second building of the Provision Warehouses of the Museum of Moscow.

On October 14 and 15, a large-scale opening of the joint project “Theater” Praktika “in the Museum of Moscow” will take place. The ceremony is being prepared by director Yuri Kvyatkovsky. The theater and the museum will present, in particular, teasers of the planned premieres and two projects by students of the Dmitry Brusnikin Workshop led by Marina Brusnikina and Alena Khovanskaya – Poets of Moscow and Songs of Moscow – which will unfold in the spaces of the museum complex. Also at the opening, guests will be introduced to the Bruslab drama laboratory, which will become regular. Within the framework of the Dmitry Brusnikin Workshop laboratory, open pitches (presentations – mos.ru note) of new texts by contemporary playwrights will be held. It will present the theater and the multimedia composer laboratory under the direction of Nikolai Popov, conducted jointly with the Scientific and Creative Center for Electroacoustic Music of the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky. The theater will also present the project “Manifestos” – a rethinking of the famous manifestos of artists in a musical form.

The festive events will take place at several sites of the Museum of Moscow: in the “Auditorium”, as well as in the exhibition halls and on the renovated site of the second building. The Museum of Moscow and the Praktika Theater began joint activities in the summer of 2021, and in July the museum hosted the Praktika festival of premieres. Also, part of the theater’s repertoire can now be seen at the Gilyarovsky Center.

Five premieres for the Year of Science and Technology

2021 has been declared the Year of Science and Technology in Russia. In the near future, the theater will release five performances, one way or another connected with scientific and technological progress, as well as with the personalities of prominent figures in science and politics. The performances will be staged in the Museum of Moscow – in the “Auditorium” and in the second building.

In November, the second building will host the premiere of the multimedia project “Solaris”, a performance-exhibition that combines theater, contemporary art and augmented reality. Artist Pavel Pepperstein and director Dmitry Melkin are working on Solaris. The roles are played by Miriam Sehon, Vladimir Mishukov, Igor Mirkurbanov, Sergey Epishev, Alexandra Cherkasova-Servant and Christina Soboleva.

In the second half of November, the theater has scheduled the release of Dmitry Melkin’s play “I’m Strange, I’m New”. The play is based on a play by Olga Kazakova, co-authored with artificial intelligence. The composer of the project is Polina Korobkova, the artist is Natalie-Keith Pangilinan. The production involves the artists of “Dmitry Brusnikin’s Workshop”.

The premiere of The Little Demon based on the novel of the same name by Fyodor Sologub, written at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, is scheduled for December. The director Yegor Matveev brings the action to our time and turns the story of Ardalyon Peredonov, tormented by a mysterious dysfunctional woman, into a satire on the society of the 21st century with its Internet addiction, increased anxiety and the domination of cheap popularity.

The release of a multimedia play by Vika Privalova “Alexander_a” is scheduled for February based on the diaries of revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai, who in 1917 became the first woman minister in history. Playwright Yekaterina Avgustenyak is working on the script. The cast is the artistic director of the Praktika Theater, director and actress Marina Brusnikina, Alisa Dmitrieva and Fyodor Kokorev.

In March, the theater plans to release a documentary opera by Yuri Kvyatkovsky (it has no name yet). The libretto will be based on excerpts from the works, memoirs and correspondence of Andrei Sakharov, one of the founders of the creation of thermonuclear weapons. The structure of the opera will reproduce the formula of a thermonuclear reaction and the principle of operation of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, known as Sakharov’s puff, – several different temporal and thematic episodes will collide and overlap in it. Playwright Mikhail Degtyarev and composer Nikolai Popov are working on the opera.

Festivals, readings and publishing program

Among the plans of the theater for the new season are also participation in several festivals. The first of these will be the Solo International Theater Festival of Solo Performances. On October 4, on the stage of the theatrical center of the Union of Theater Workers of the Russian Federation “Na Strastnom”, a one-man show by director Hugo Erikssen and playwright Valery Pecheikin “Beethoven” performed by Yuri Mezhevich will be shown.

October 22 “Skid” by Yuri Kvyatkovsky based on the play by Vladimir Sorokin will be the opening performance of the II International Festival of Contemporary Theater “Chaos” (Novosibirsk).

In November, residents of the theater will take part in readings of plays created at the Discipline narrative theater factory. The artists will present to the public three texts: “Gorynych left the building” by Oleg Mikhailov, “Sticky” by Igor Vitrenko and “I am a buffalo” by Svetlana Lukyanova.

Also in the new season, the theater plans to launch a publishing program “Printing Practice”. Within its framework, it is planned to publish books and albums dedicated to the performances of Praktika, theater, its residents – authors and laboratories.

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

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