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Julyansambl, Meyerhold Center, Moscow

Director: Viktor Ryzhakov

Performed in Russian with Hungarian translation.

1 hours 30 minutes, without breaks.

“Can a performance combine tradition and innovation? This play is over 100 years old and yet remains undiscovered and carries the impact of “new drama”. It is about us – people who have lost the capacity to love. We may not even understand what is we have lost, because we keep speaking about love without being able to truly love.” (Interview with Viktor Ryzhakov – Afisa Daily)

This performance in an example of contemporary theatre looking for inspiration in the past. The theatre class of Viktor Ryzhakov, artistic director of the Meyerhold Centre that graduated two years ago currently operates under the name of “July Ensemble”. They first worked with Three Sisters during their academy years at the Moscow Art Theatre (MHAT). The result is a performance that puts one of the best known Russian classics on the stage of the most innovative Moscow theatre. The main aim of the performance is to revive the studio work tradition of the Moscow Art Theatre and carry on its legacy of directing and acting. Three sisters premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1901 and was renewed by Nemirovich and Danchenko in 1940. Viktor Ryzhakov’s project refers back to the Nemirovich-Danchenko performance in the context of teh 21st century. It is performed by the artists who graduated in 2016 and who consider themselves the ninth MHAT studio. (The first one was established by Stanislavski, the third by Vakhtangov, the “Seventh Studio” by Kirill Serebrennikov and the eighth by Dmitriy Brusnikin)   

Actors and cast:

Azarian Stepan, Vasilev Roman, Dubra Artem, Ermoshkin Alexey, Kamanin Aleksei, Novosad Sergei, Obruchkova Irina, Pelin Ronald, Tukan Alevtina, Feofanova Varvara, Shadrin Sergey, Iuskov Nikita, Shmykova Varvara


Stage Designer: Simonov Nikolay
Costume Designer: Khrustaleva Anna
Dramaturge: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Video Designer: Gusev Vladimir
Sound Designer: Kuzmichev Ian
Lighting Designer: Birukov Maxim


Viktor Ryzhakov

Gobbi Hilda Stage
Viktor Ryzhakov

Viktor Ryzhakov

Viktor Ryzhakov was born in the city of Khabarovsk in 1960. He studied at the Far Eastern College for the Arts, the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, and the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, where he completed his doctorate. In 1995-2001, he served as the artistic director of the Kamchatka Drama and Comedy Theatre. In 2001, he began to work as a director and instructor at the academy of the Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT), and in 2012 he was made head of department and recognized director of MKhAT. Together with playwright and director Ivan Vyrypaev, Rizakov launched the Oxygen (“Kislorod”) theatre movement, which exerted a strong influence on contemporary Russian theatre. He is the founder and director of the Five Evenings Theatre Festival in Memory of Alexander Volodin, which was launched in 2002 in Saint Petersburg. Since 2012, he has served as the artistic director of the Meyerhold Centre in Moscow. He has held courses on the art of the theatre in Germany, Poland, the United States, and Hungary. He has directed many award-winning productions in theatres in Russia and Europe. He has also won numerous awards at prominent European theatre festivals (the Grand Prize at the Kontakt International Theatre Festival in Toruń, the Golden Mask Award, the New Drama Festival Grand Prize, and the prize for best performance for his production of The Hairdresser at the National Theatre Meeting in Pécs, or POSZT). In 2011, he was awarded a Stanislavsky Award for his work as a theatre pedagogue, and in 2014 he was named one of Russia’s Artists of Merit.

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