"St. Petersburg theatre seasons" online

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"St. Petersburg theatre seasons" online
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Performances created in St. Petersburg will be seen by audiences in Europe. "St. Petersburg theatre seasons" will be held online from November 14 to 22

The international festival "Petersburg theatre seasons online" will be held from November 14 to 22, 2020. The festival will host free broadcasts of St. Petersburg performances, master classes by leading professionals in the field of theater arts, creative meetings and the international conference dedicated to theater management during the pandemic on the website


"Petersburg theatre seasons" annually presents on the world's leading stages performances created in St. Petersburg and noted by Russian and foreign experts. Over the past thirteen festivals, twenty-seven St. Petersburg theaters have met with audiences in Prague, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Marseille, Milan, Athens and many other cities.

In 2020, foreign viewers will once again be able to see how the culture of the Northern capital of Russia lives today. In the repertoire of "Seasons" different genres, different directorial approaches, and different theaters. During the pandemic, the festival switches to an online format in order to maintain communication between countries and remain a "theatrical window to Europe"despite physically closed borders.

Viktor Minkov, artistic Director of the St. Petersburg theater seasons:

"This year's St. Petersburg theatre seasons are unusual and, I would say, extreme. Like many world festivals, we went online because of the pandemic that has paralyzed normal life around the world. Changing the festival venue to a virtual one will not make the “Seasons” any less intense than they were during the previous 13 years. The program is focused on Russian classics, and Gogol, for example, is performed by three well-known theaters far beyond the borders of St. Petersburg. To show these performances all over the world, and not in one country, as is usually the case, is an interesting experience for our team. And we look forward to it."

All performances of the festival are professionally filmed in the format of a TV version with English subtitles. Free broadcasts will be available on the website of the Petersburg theater seasons, on the YouTube platform and on the Okko online cinema platform.

Performances-participants of the festival:

  • «The Marriage», the National Drama Theatre of Russia (Alexandrinsky Theatre), Valery Fokin’s performance
  • «Money to burn», The Nikolay Akimov Saint Petersburg Comedy Theatre, Director — Tatiana Kazakova
  • «The Seven who were hanged», Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, Director - Andrzej Buben
  • «Dead souls», St. Petersburg Academic Lensovet Theatre, Director — Roman Kocherzhevsky
  • «The gamblers», Andrey Mironov Theatre, Director — Anton Yakovlev
  • «A man from Podolsk», Saint Petersburg State Drama Theatre «Priut komedianta», Director — Mikhail Bychkov
  • «Hamlet. Screen», Bolshoi Puppet Theatre, Director — Ruslan Kudashov

The first event of the "Petersburg theatre seasons" will be the conference devoted to the most urgent issue of the professional theatrical environment in 2020 – the issue of organization of large projects during the period of severe restrictions. Performance-makers, organizers and participants of major international theatre festivals will discuss which changes have occurred within the globally complicated period, and how to work under new circumstances.

The participants of the conference: 

  • Maria Revyakina – the CEO of the national theatre prize and festival “Golden Mask”, CEO of the State theatre of nations (Moscow, Russia);
  • Dubravka Vrgoč– the CEO of the Croatian National theatre in Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia);
  • Ekaterina Galanova – the director, producer, author and manager of the International ballet festival Dance Open (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Roberta Doyle – a member of the board of directors of the Scottish Opera (Glasgow, Scotland, the UK);
  • Lena Kreyndlina – the CEO of the Gesher Theatre, CEO of the “Golden Mask” festival in Israel (Tel-Aviv, Israel);
  • Philipp Vulakh – the CEO of the “NET” festival, CEO of the “Tochka Dostupa” (“Access Point”) festival (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Svetlana Yanchek – the CEO of the “ART-FORTIUS” production theatre agency, CEO of the “Golden Mask in Estonia” festival (Tallinn, Estonia);
  • Sergey Shub – the CEO of the “Baltiyskiy Dom” (“Baltic House”) theatre-festival (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Nataliya Metelitsa – an honorary worker of culture of the Russian Federation, theatre expert, curator, the CEO of the Saint Petersburg Museum of theatre and musical art, artistic manager of the “Diaghilev. Postscript” festival;
  • Viktor Minkov – the producer, director-stage manager of the “Priyut comedianta” (“Comedian’s shelter”) Theatre, artistic manager of the “Saint Petersburg Theatre Seasons” festival (Saint Petersburg, Russia).

During the week before the demonstration of each performance of the “Saint Petersburg Theatre Seasons” program, the audience will be enjoying the meet-the-artist sessions with the production teams involved in the performances – actors, directors, artists. All these sessions will be accompanied by an introduction – a concise historical background, devoted to the plays and their crucial embodiments at the stage.

The meet-the-artist sessions and the conference will take place in the historically important for the Russian theatre location – the building of the Theatre museum, which was designated by Carlo Rossi for the Directorate of the Imperial theatres and opened for general public in 1921.

The international festival "Petersburg theater seasons online" is held by the production company "NEVA-ART", together with the ANO "Art Project", with the support of the government of St. Petersburg.


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