Photo by Yuri Danilov
The Festival has already declared its aims to develop the festival as an open international forum where art can be presented in its variety. There should be different forms, genres, experiments and invaluable traditions. Announced music program includes a lot of artistic events that differ from our art experience. You can see it in the program “World music”.
The theatre program has the same policy. There will be shows and performances different from our usual experience. 4 Platonov festival has a new section - Street Theatre - which will include open-air performances free of charge.
Performances will surprise with their great stylistic diversity. The program (both indoor productions and street theatre) reflects the main features of today theatre.
The festival will be opened on June, 5th with performance “Transports Exceptionnels” (“Duo for a dancer and an excavator”) (ASSOCIATION BEAU GESTE, France) on Lenin’s Square. Interaction between man and machine is “Platonov” theme. That’s why this performance will open the theatre program and start the section of Street Theatre.
On June, 12th (it’s Russia Day) the central street of the city (Prospect Revolutsii) will be filled with carnival atmosphere because the Parade of street theatres from Europe and Russia will take place there: PAVANA (the Netherlands – Italia), Tall Brothers (Moscow), DEREVO (Germany – Russia), Teatr Biuro Podróży (Poland). Then, the participants of the parade will show their street performances on different festival venues. One of the participants of the parade is the most famous street theatre in Poland. In Event Hall it’ll present their acclaimed show “Planet LEM” based on the writings by Stanislaw Lem. The performance will be presented with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
The program on theatre indoor venues will be opened on June, 5th with one of the most famous performances of the previous Moscow season “The Good Person of Szechwan” directed by Yuriy Butusov. Then the audience will see production of OKT / Vilnus City Theatre “Krapp’s Last Tape” (direcor Oskaras Koršunovas) based on the play of Samuel Beckett. Juozas Budraitis – the legendary Soviet actor – will play the main role in this one-man performance shown in Russian.
Photo by Yuri Danilov
Then go the following performances: “May Night” based on the writings by Nikolai Gogol and directed by Karolina Žernytė (Moscow Puppet Theatre), legendary “Woyzeck, or the hint of vertigo” directed by Josef Nadj (National Choreographic Centre of Orleans, France), “Islands” (Theatre DEREVO, Germany-Russia), “Untitled” by Sláva Daubnerová (Slovakia).
In the middle of the festival program you will see performances from Platonov program which includes: “Platonov night” by Aleksandr Filippenko, “Russian cosmos” by Seppo Kantervo (Non-State Theatre “The Fruits of Enlightenment”, St. Petersburg), play reading pf Platonov's “The Hurdy Gurdy” staged by Kamil Tukaev (co-project of the Voronezh Youth Theatre and Platonov Arts Festival) and “Fourteen Little Red Huts” by Mikhail Bychkov (Chamber Theatre, Voronezh).
Another two performances (both are British productions) Platonov Arts Festival shows in collaboration with Checkov International Theatre Festival - the ballet “Still Current” (Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Great Britain) by Russell Maliphant and performance “Missing” (Gecko Theatre Company, Great Britain) by Amit Lahav.
The audience will also have an opportunity to see “Mitya’s Love” (based on Ivan Bunin’s short novel) directed by Vladislav Nastavshev (Gogol centre, Moscow). And the festival will be closed by the performance “Oyster” (Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, Israel), which will be shown with the support of Embassy of Israel in Russia.
The centre of the Festival night will be the park “Alye Parusa” where will be shown “Midnight Balance” - a special project of the Platonov Arts Festival and Theatre DEREVO.
This year Platonov Festival will host more foreign theatre companies than the previous year - if in 2013 the program included performances of theatres from 7 countries, in 2014 there will be 9 countries. Apart from Russia, such countries as Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and France will take part in the IV Platonov Arts Festival.