Symposium: Russian Theatre Today

As part of Festival/Tokyo 2015, Chiten and kukangendai will present a radical new adaptation of the Russian modern masterpiece “Mystery-Bouffe”. This free symposium explores the context of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s original play and Russian theatre as it stands today.

Russian theatre has been a central part of the nation’s culture, from the time of Chekhov and Stanislavsky to the avant-garde era of Mayakovsky and Meyerhold, the Soviet period, and the years that have followed the collapse of the USSR. How has Russian theatre evolved as society has changed? What problems does it face? This symposium welcomes leading Russian theatre artist Andrey Moguchy to discuss these questions.


Date November 28th 14:00-16:00
Venue Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory
Tickets Free (reservations required)
Language Japanese and Russian (with Japanese interpretation)
Guest Speakers Andrey Moguchy (director, Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater), Sachio Ichimura (Directors Committee Representative, Festival/Tokyo), Motoi Miura (director, Chiten)
Moderator Kumi Tateoka (Faculty of Intercultural Studies, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University)

Reservations: Chiten


Andrey Moguchy
Russian theatre director, born in 1961. Originally an engineer, he graduated from Leningrad Institute of Culture in 1989 and in the same year founded Formal Theatre. He became artistic director of Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater in 2013. He directs in Moscow and Finland. Major productions include Sasha Sokolov’s “A School for Fools” and “Alice”.

Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater
One of Russia’s leading theatres, founded in 1918. It is associated with the work of early twentieth-century Russian writers like Alexander Blok and Maxim Gorky. Georgy Tovstonogov took over as artistic director in 1956 and the theatre entered its golden years. The theatre visited Japan in 1987. Andrey Moguchy became artistic director in 2013.
Presented by the Japan Foundation
In co-operation with Festival/Tokyo, Chiten