The program of the XII Festival consisted of three parts:
- World Series;
- Program of Moscow Theatres: productions of foreign directors and choreographers in Moscow theatres;
- Regional Program: performances of the shows of the XII Chekhov International Theatre Festival and International Projects of Chekhov Festival in the cities of Russia (St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Voronezh, Pskov).
Nineteen productions of different genres from twelve countries – Argentina, Belarus, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Russia, Taiwan, France, South Africa, and Japan were included in the program of the XII Chekhov Festival.
Five theatres from France brought their productions, which was a great gift for the Russian audience. The festival was opened by the play "Le Bourgeois gentilhomme" of the Paris Theatre "Bouffes du Nord" staged by Denis Podalydès. Molière’s play is staged in the original version, as a comédie-ballet on the music of Jean-Baptiste Lully.
Odeon-Theatre of Europe performed in Moscow its "False Confessions" based on Pierre Marivaux and directed by Luc Bondy with the participation of filmstar and the beautiful actress Isabelle Huppert. The favourite of the Chekhov Festival - James Thiérrée brought the choreographic drama "Red Tobacco”. He was the director of this show and performed in it as well.
The production “Forget Me Not” staged by unforgettable Philippe Genty and choreographed by Mary Underwood. The last French accent of the festival was "Ionesco suite” - the production of Emmanuel Demassi-Mota and creative team of the Theatre de la Ville, which used the motives of several pieces by E. Ionesco.
Spectators and professionals were looking forward to watching the production of ”Die Doppeltgänger" – music theatre play based on the Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann of the State Theatre of Stuttgart (Germany) staged by David Marton.
Another production was presented by the "Ballet of Nuremberg" (Germany) - an unusual version of "Cinderella" (the music by Sergey Prokofiev) staged by little known by the Russian audience Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero with the participation of extraordinary Sayaka Kado as Cinderella.
In the program of the Festival, there was a production from Italy “The Sisters Macaluso". Its author is one of the most interesting figures of the modern Italian theatre - Emma Dante, who is working a lot in the dramatic and opera theatres of Italy, in particular in Sicily.
The production "Golem" based on the novel by Gustav Meyrink was performed by Company "1927". Viewers had an opportunity to broaden their views about the modern "visual theatre", which is able to touch real and specific problems of the modern world.
The Japanese version of the Indian epos was presented by Japan's director Satoshi Miyagi. In his production of "Mahābharata-Nalcharitam", we saw an interesting and convincing mix of traditional Japanese theatre genres with the modern view.
The Oriental scenic art was also represented by "Women generals" of the Chinese Theatre of the Fuzhou Opera – one of the most interesting styles of the Chinese opera, which is undeservedly little known in our country.
Choreographic productions, dance companies, as always were presented in the program of the festival. A great gift to our audience was made by the inimitable Sylvie Guillem. Finishing her stage career with a world tour, she graciously agreed to perform at the Chekhov Festival with the program of ballets “Life continues" staged by modern choreographers, with whom she worked a lot.
Spanish dancer Maria Pages presented her new work “I, Carmen", the material for which she found in different countries, but including Russia. The production was born out of the desire to overcome the myth of Carmen - a fatal woman and created another image, using poetry from Akiko Yosano and Sappho to Marina Tsvetaeva.
The "Cloud Gate" Dance Theatre from Taiwan brought a meditative choreographic sketch, a fascinating show ”Rice” in the production of Lin Hwai-min, unwittingly suggestive of the dying Earth and how to revive it.
In the cross-year of culture “Argentina-Russia 2015”, Chekhov Festival was represented by two productions from Argentina: "Tango and Night" staged by Pilar and Marijo Alvarez and Claudio Hoffmann and performed by the virtuoso dancers of ”Tango Metropolis Dance Company" and “The wonderful world of animals: The Lambs” in the adaptation, mise-en-scene and set-design of one of the most interesting masters of the modern Argentine theatre - Daniel Veronese.
For the first time, South Africa was represented at the Chekhov Festival. The Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo in coproduction with Rambert Company and Royal Ballet (UK) created a thrilling music and dance show ”Inala” (choreographer Mark Baldwin). It used sultry African rhythms and was impeccable "in terms of performing skills."
By the tradition, Chekhov Festival showed production of one of the young directors from the CIS countries. In 2015 it was a production based on the play of the Belarusian playwright Dmitry Bogoslavsky "Quiet Rustling of Leaving Steps", which the Kyrgyz director Shamil Dyikanbaev staged in Minsk in the Republican theatre of the Belarusian dramaturgy.
Special attention was given to the production “War" staged by Vladimir Pankov. This was a co-production of the Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, and Soundrama company. The production based on the novel by Richard Aldington "Death of a Hero", "Iliad" by Homer and "Notes of a Cavalryman" by N. Gumilev was dedicated to the 100 anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. This big project was implemented by Chekhov Festival within the framework of the cross-year of Culture “Great Britain-Russia 2014” with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and Culture Department of the city of Moscow. The world premiere was held on August 9, 2014, at the Edinburgh International Festival. Before the Moscow premiere at the Chekhov Festival, which took place on May 18 and 19, it was shown in Yaroslavl, Tyumen, and Wroclaw. Everywhere the performance was well received both by the audience and the critics.
In the "Program of Moscow Theatres" of the Chekhov Festival were included productions staged in Moscow theatres by foreign directors and choreographers. These were the productions of Peter Stein, Declan Donnellan, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Jean-Christophe Mayo, Andreis Zhagars, John Neumeier, as well as four productions staged in Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre within the framework of the project "French Theatre. For the first time in Russian” (their directors were Pascal Rambert, Christian Benedetti, Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman, Marie-Louise Bischofberger).