The Italian theatre was presented by Emma Dante's “The Spectacles Trilogy” in Moscow and the production of Piccolo Teatro di Milano "The Servant of Two Masters" in the cities of Russia. Emma Dante is the founder of one of Italy's most famous independent theatres - Sud Costa Occidentale. She also directed "Carmen" by Bizet in La Scala in 2015.
Among the Spanish productions, there were two programs of one-act ballets of the National Dance Theatre of Madrid, including three dance pieces choreographed by Nacho Duato and ballets by choreographers Alexander Ekman and Phillippe Blanchard. The production "Self-Portrait" gave the audience a possibility of meeting with Maria Pagés – the performer and the creator of her own version of the flamenco dance. “The Comedians” company from Barcelona has shown a new performance "Persephone". The production of Samuel Beckett’s “First Love” was the joint project of the Greek Festival of Barcelona, Bitó Productions, the Chekhov Festival, Velvet Events, and Grostel Productions. This production was invented and performed by Pere Arquillué who was already known by Moscow audience as Platonov in Chekhov’s play. The directors were Alex Ollé and Miquel Górriz.
The program of the 10th Festival featured the productions of such outstanding, well-known and beloved Masters of the World Theatre as Philippe Genty, Sylvie Guillem and Mathurin Bolze from France, Russell Maliphant and Matthew Bourne from Britain, Romeo Castellucci from Italy, Robert Lepage from Canada. The Moscow audience saw three one-act ballets choreographed by the American modern dance leader - Merce Cunningham staged in different periods of his great artistic career. The set-designer of the production "Tropical Forest", showed in the program of the Festival was Andy Warhol. One of the most inventive and popular choreographers of the United States, the permanent head of the Momix Dance Company Moses Pendleton presented his latest production - “Botanica”.
The 10th Festival opened with Declan Donnellan’s Russian-cast production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This was a joint production of Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Theatre Les Gemeaux (Paris, Sceaux) in association with Cheek by Jowl (London, Great Britain).
Moscow theatres were represented at the Festival by the most interesting productions having been premiered over the past two seasons.