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20 Aug 2013

Theatre of Nations

Theatre of Nations is a unique structure within the system of the Russian cultural institutions. In terms of the scope and versatility of its activities, it has no analogues in the practices of the national theatre. Founded in 1987 under the name of the Theatre of Friendship of People it was renamed in 1991 into the Theatre of Nations.

The Theatre of Nations develops and implements a variety of theatre programs, organizes and holds national and international festivals, presents the best Russian and foreign productions of all genres and trends, produces its own performances, and pursues the ultimate goal of becoming the center for bringing up a new generation of theater practitioners.

The regular festival programs of the Theatre of Nations include Шекспир@Shakespeare project, Another Theatre from France Festival, Theatres of the Small Towns of Russia Festival, and its “satellite” program of supporting theatres of the Russian towns. The Theatre of Nations also organizes the TERRITORIЯ International Festival and School of Contemporary Performing Arts.

The activities of the Theatre of Nations are in many ways exclusive. Thus, it introduces the Russian audiences to works created by outstanding artists of the European Theater. These include the mono-play Vladimir or the Flight Cut Short by French theatre and film star Marina Vlady and Faust-Fantasy after Johann Wolfgang Goethe staged and performed by one of the present-day’s greatest European directors Peter Stein.

The Theatre of Nations dedicates a significant part of its artistic life to its own productions and currently are working on Pushkin’s fairy tales directed by Robert Wilson (premier 16th June 2015). Its repertoire boasts a variety of genres and stage directors’ names. Today, it includes performances by such artists of European fame as Alvis Hermanis (Latvia), Eimuntas Nekrosius (Lithuania), Thomas Ostermeier (Germany), Javor Gardev (Bulgaria), Russian director Andrey Moguchy, as well as performances by young directors - Nikita Grinshpun, Tufan Imamutdinov, Timofei Kulyabin, Dmitry Volkostrelov, most of which made their professional debut on the stage of the Theater of Nations.

The Theatre of Nations has been constantly touring, in most cases, as a member of the major Russian and European theatre festivals. Performances by the Theater of Nations have repeatedly received various prestigious awards and honors