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At the very end of the 19th century in the Russian theatre, as well as in the world theatre, there occurred a revolution: the director took the helm. The performance was no longer actor-oriented; nonetheless the importance of developing new acting techniques did not diminish, on the contrary, it became even more topical and requiring more elaborate practices. The new theatre reality brought about new theatre theoreticians and practitioners like Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Mikhail Chekhov and their followers. Professor at Gerasimov State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), theatre critic, theatre expert and curator Kristina Matvienko’s lecture will be dedicated to the transformation of ideas and techniques of acting in the Russian theatre in the 20th century and in the beginning of 21st century.

How theatre directors’ ideas evolved and transformed in Russia in the first three decades of the 20th century, how directors’ theatre flourished and then fell in the late 30s and how it revived after ‘the thaw’, how ‘perestroika’ influenced the search of a new theatrical language in the mid-1980s and what a break and a dialogue with tradition means today – this is what Alyona Karas, theatre critic and historian, expert of the Golden Mask Festival and professor at the Russian Academy of Theatre Art (GITIS) will cover in her lecture.

With valuable collaboration of Yapı Kredi Cultural Center.

The event is free of charge. Due to the limited capacity of the venue, please make a reservation via from October 12, 2018, Friday onwards.