Caucasus Melpomene to visit Moscow

Azerbaijani Samed Vurgun Russian Drama Theater
Azerbaijani Samed Vurgun Russian Drama Theater

This year the Federal Center for the Touring Support develops, and the Ministry of Culture finances ‘The program of support of Russian theaters abroad.’ Anton Prokhorov, Director General of the Federal Center for the Support of Touring, told Vestnik Kavkaza that “we are talking about the resumption of cooperation and creative relationships with theaters located in the neighboring countries and performing in Russian. About 10 projects are planned in the framework of this program. These are tours of the leading Russian groups to neighboring countries, and tours of Russian theaters abroad to Russia to play on the stages of Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities.”

According to Prokhorov, a large tour of the Griboyedov Tbilisi Theatre is planned in the framework of the program to the cities of Siberia, which includes Omsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Barnaul. The Center plans a tour of the Samed Vurgun Russian Drama Theater, which will tour and give performances in St. Petersburg. The Stanislavski Yerevan Theater will show its performances in Moscow, on the Actor’s Theater stage. The Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre will go on a reciprocal tour to the city of Baku.

Performances will be held at the end of 2015, respectively, it is basically the end of October, November and early December. A repertoire is being discussed currently. The exact titles of the plays, the exact dates are still being discussed. Basically because we have the Year of Literature, we will focus on Russian classics. Featured titles are ‘Uncle's Dream’, and ‘Phaedra’, and ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Woe from Wit’.

“At the Yerevan Theater we are currently negotiating with Frederick Davtyan, the director of the theater. We are negotiating with Nikolai Sventitsky, of course, who is a wonderful leader of the Tbilisi Theatre, which is currently preparing to celebrate its anniversary, it is the oldest theater of plays in Russian located outside Russia. And in October, the Congress of Russian Theater will be held in Tbilisi in October, which is organized by precisely the Griboyedov Tbilisi Theatre. I hope that we will be able to encounter there, too, and to discuss the plans and prospects for further development of our tour relations,” Prokhorov said.