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Theatre of Nations

3, Petrovsky Lane
+7 (495) 629-3739, 629-5397

State 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 Theatre of Friendship it was in 1991 renamed into the State Theatre of Nations.

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 stagings and pursues the ultimate goal of becoming the center for bringing up a new generation of theatre practitioners.

The activities of Theatre of Nations are in many ways exclusive. Thus it introduces the Russian audiences to individual pieces of drama created by outstanding masters of the European Theatre. These include the mono-play Vladimir or the Flight Cut Short performed by French theatre and film star Marina Vladi and Faust-Fantasy after Johann Wolfgang Goethe staged and performed by one of the present-day's greatest European directors Peter Stein. Theatre of Nations initiated the Russian tour of one of the world's most eminent modern dance troupes PARSONS DANCE (New York, USA).

Another creative project of Theatre of Nations, “One Play Festival” was timed for the 120th anniversary of the premiere of Chekhov's Ivanov at the famous Korsh Theatre in Moscow that now accommodates the headquarters of Theatre of Nations. The festival that continues throughout one year featured the more interesting Russian and foreign versions of the play. The production by Joseph Cantona Theatre of Budapest that closed the festival received the Golden Mask Award in “Best Foreign Production” nomination.

The productions of Theatre of Nations often become big theatrical events. This holds true not only for the cult production of Shukshin's Stories, a regular entry to prestigious European festivals (in Vienna, Hannover, Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Tel-Aviv, Amsterdam, Lyons, Berlin), winner of the national Golden Mask Award (in three nomination), Moscow's Chrystal Turandot Award (also in three nominations) and many other prizes. The “younger generation's“ Swedish Match also received Chrystal Turandot along with the award of „Golden Knight” Festival and the Grand-Prix of RUSSK OFF Russian Art Festival in Nice. It was also nominated for the Golden Mask Award (in two nominations) and so was the dance piece Poor Lisa.

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