CIS puppet theaters' diplomacy

CIS puppet theaters' diplomacy

The 9th International Puppet Theater Festival - Obraztsovfest - opened in Moscow yesterday. Best collectives of the CIS countries will show their performances on stage of the Obraztsov Puppet Theater.

"We are working in a field that allows us to show most important things in the life of every person. This year we decided to hold festival of puppet theaters of the CIS countries. Feedback was great, we saw desire, we saw many applications to participate in this. We all came from the same country, today we all live in a single cultural space. It's very interesting to see how theaters are evolving. We're going to see all of this during our festival," director of the State Academic Puppet Theater named after Obraztsov, Irina Korchevnikova, said.

"It's great that festivals like that exist, because for us, puppeteers, it's very improtant to meet. There are millions of drama theaters, there are few of us. Thank god we all know each other. Seeing each other again, hearing each other again, seeing each other’s works it's very important for me as some who works in this field,” director of the Obraztsov Puppet Theater, Boris Konstantinov, said.

“I already saw some performances of theaters presented at the festival. I think they will be received very well by the audience. All performances are worthy of showing, and refined Moscow public we show its appreciation,” head of the Business and Cultural Department of the Belarus Embassy in Russia, Vasily Chernik, noted.

"In September of 2014, we were the first of theaters to open despite what was happening. During these years, there were many trials, but we received a great help from other puppet theaters. This humanitarian supported that we received from Irina Leonidovna and her team really helped us. Without this support, we just wouldn't be able to work," head of literary and drama department of the Donetsk Republican Academic Puppet Theater, Svetlana Kuraleh, said.

"On December 12, Kyrgyzstan and many friendly countries will celebrate Chinghiz Aitmatov's 90th anniversary. Since December of last year, we and Russian partners have been holding all kinds of events, round tables, meetings, conferences. It's especially pleasant for us that performance based on Chinghiz Aitmatov's work will close the festival," Bubuira Abdyzhaparova, counselor of the Kyrgyz embassy in Moscow, said.