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2nd Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow

2nd Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow

2nd Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow
Moscow. March - July 1996.
38 productions from 18 countries.

The second festival was a real test for durability of the new institution. During the four years since 1992, the Chekhov Festival’s team led by Valery Shadin made the most serious breakthrough in joint international projects: with the support of the Goethe-Institut, they participated in the creation and run of a huge Russian-German scenic fresco – eight-hour long ”Oresteia" directed by Peter Stein on the stage of the Russian Army Theatre (1994). The production had a huge response and a successful festival story. In 1994, Valery Shadrin brought two magnificent productions by Declan Donnellan and Cheek by Jowl to Moscow, "Measure for Measure" and “As You Like It".  The 2nd Chekhov Festival in 1996 has shown almost 40 performances, and each of them became an event! "Uncle Vanya" and "Oresteia" by Peter Stain, "Three Sisters" by Eimuntas Nekrošius, “The Duchess of Malfi" by Declan Donnellan at the theatre "Cheek by Jowl", "Happy Days" by Peter Brook (this great guru of the modern theatre will come to Chekhov Festival twice-in 2007 and 2017), “The Seagull” by Petr Lebl (Prague Theatre on the Balustrade), the first touring in Russia of the ballet staged by Maguy Marin (France), "Lamentations" by Anatoly Vasilyev and Vladimir Martynov - that’s only a part of this firework of various theatrical ideas and forms. 

But, perhaps, the center of this magnificent composition was “The Island of Slaves" - the play of Pierre de Marivaux directed by Giorgio Strehler in the Piccolo Teatro of Milan. Giorgio Strehler could not come to Moscow, despite he was very much awaited on the Festival. In December 1997, he passed away. But his great production "The Servant of Two Masters" opened the Third World Theatre Olympics in Moscow (2001), and in 2011 this production returned to Moscow and then toured six more cities of the country.

... At this time I will not be with you, but that doesn’t really matter. I'm here, with the actors, in the mise-en-scenes, in the light effects, in every gesture and word. My artistic spirit is more important than my physical presence. And still, I hope that we will meet again, or together with my Piccolo Theatre, or under some other circumstances.
It is essential, believe me, to always have a theatre, to have it developed and loved by viewers.
As artists, we are just a tool of theatre poetics, which is the essence of the theatre. I want to repeat again that this, I hope, is not the last meeting.
I cordially embrace my Russian colleagues and friends, because all of us, we are members of a large family, for which there are no borders.
Always Yours
Georgio Strehler
Milan, June 29, 1996
As at any festival, everything is determined by context and chance. One adjacency turns out to be unnecessary and strange, and the other forces to compare and think about what is happening today with the theatre. ... the former "our" Nekrošius and "our" (considering his ancestry) Brook do not contradict one another. The "total" and "poor" theatres are perfectly adjacent in the world as they are adjacent on the Chekhov Festival poster. Luckily, that, unlike in life, in art it is possible not to choose, and simply to enjoy both: to compare, to accumulate experiences and to think. And if one feels like it, they should resent it, as there is no theatre without resentment.
Anatoly Smeliansky, The Moscow News
The Festival, as well as the modern theatre,  encompassed almost all the aspects of theatre practices: from the performance-ritual (...) to the performance-provocation... The Festival discovered the absolute tolerance of the world's artistic space and omnivorous audience, or rather, the presence of the public for any production: from the exquisite-psychological theatre of Peter Brook to the philosophical commedia dell'arte of Strehler, from the romanticized Brechtian style of Sturua to Suicide-surrealistic Chekhov of Nekrošius...
Mikhail Shvydkoy

It is scary to write about the festival, because it forms a picture of the world theatre of the late 20th century and, regardless of all the pros and cons, this picture is probably the only consolation that we still have.

Marina Timasheva, Vechernyaya Moskva

Metamorphosis Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
Arkady Raikin Satiricon Theatre
Vsevolod Meyerhold Art Centre
K.I. from «Crime» K.I. from «Crime»
Dani Gink
Based on «Crime and punishment» by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The youth theatre
The idiot The idiot
Fyodor Dostoevsky
The malaya bronnaya theatre
The Tempest The Tempest
William Shakespeare
The youth theatre< div class="separator"> Kazan
The diary of Vaslav Nijinsky The diary of Vaslav Nijinsky
Compagnie champ libre
Fait maison Fait maison
National choreography center 
Artistic director daniel larrieu
Uncle Vanya Uncle Vanya
By Anton Chekhov
Teatro di Roma and Teatro stabile di Parma
The Oresteia The Oresteia
By Aeschylus
International confederation of theatre associations
Three sisters Three sisters
By Anton Chekhov
Life festival
Vilnius Lithuania
The Seagull The Seagull
Anton Chekhov
Lenkom theatre
Emanation of fatherhood Emanation of fatherhood
By Karol Voityl
Suzirya (constellation) theatre workshop
Kiev Ukraine
The duchess of Malfi The duchess of Malfi
John Webster
Cheek by Jowl Company
London Britain
Oh les beaux jours Oh les beaux jours
Samuel Beckett
Theatre vidy-lausanne. E.T.E
Ivanov Ivanov
By Anton Chekhov
Russia Vladivostok
Gorky theatre
The lament of Jeremiah The lament of Jeremiah
Book «The lament of Jeremiah»
put into music
School of dramatic art
Medea Medea
Attis theatre and "A" theatre
The seagull The seagull
By Anton Chekhov
Czechia Prague
Divadlo na Zabradli
Richard Richard
By William Shakespeare
"Volnaya scena" theatre of byelorussian drama
May B May B
France Val de Marn
Cretei national choreographic center
Forgive me, my snow-white angel... Forgive me, my snow-white angel...
Alexei Koltsov drama theatre
Uncle Vania Uncle Vania
By Anton Chekhov
Argentina Cordova
“Uncle Vania” Company
L.o.v.e. L.o.v.e.
Based on Shakespeare's sonnets
Britain London
Volcano company
Macbeth Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Georgia Tbilisi
The Rustaveli Company
Amphitrion — 38 Amphitrion — 38
By Jean Giraudaux
Georgia Tbilisi
Film actors theatre
Isfander Isfander
By Pharykh Kasim
Tadjikistan Dushanbe
Youth theatre «Achoryn»
The Seagull The Seagull
Russia. Pushkin Theatre, Magnitogorsk
The pianola or the mechanical piano The pianola or the mechanical piano
Estonia Tallin
City Theatre
The cherry orchard The cherry orchard
Anton Chekhov
Estonia Viljandi
Ugala theatre
Chekhov in Yalta Chekhov in Yalta
Anton Chekhov
Estonia Viljandi
Ugala theatre
Exit the king Exit the king
by Eugene Ionesco
Moldova Kishinev
Ionesko theatr
Faust’s passtime Faust’s passtime
Ukraine Lvov
Kurbas Theatre
Fatherlessness Fatherlessness
By Anton Chekhov
Russia Chelyabinsk
Zwilling Theatre
Apat Apat
by Kakajan Ashir
The island of slaves The island of slaves
П. Мариво
Италия Милан
Пикколо Театро Ди Милано
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