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CHRONICLE

1991

The Meyerhold Centre begins a cycle of producers’ projects:

The Medea-Material ensemble (Chicago, USA) goes on tour to Leningrad. In return, Creative Studios’ production Tverbul is sent to Chicago;

The Tri-Buhne Theater from Stuttgart (Germany) comes on tour to Moscow. In return, Valery Fokin stages Maxim Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova in Stuttgart.

On July 12th, after Meyerhold’s granddaughter Maria Valentey and a number of his students and members of the committee on his creative legacy visit apartment 11a at № 12 Nezhdanova Ulitsa (now Bryusov Pereulok), practical work begins to convert the apartment into a museum.


1992

The Meyerhold Centre conducts Meyerhold Days in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The programme of the Meyerhold Days includes:

A press-conference in conjunction with the release of A.A. Sherel’s Meyerhold Anthology (Meyerxoldovskiy Sbornik), originally released in two volumes and financed jointly by the Commission on Meyerhold’s Creative Legacy, the Russian Institute of Arts Studies (Rossiyskiy Institut Iskusstvoznaniya) and the Bakhrushin Central State Theatre Museum;

The official opening of the Meyerhold Centre, held at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, hosted by Lars Kleberg (Sweden) and Valery Fokin, and including performances dedicated to the memory of Meyerhold by Andrey Voznesensky, Zinoviy Gerdt, Nikolai Petrov, the Maly Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Vladimir Ponkin, and performing Alexander Bakshi’s short mystery No One Rises from the Dead (Nikto ne Boskresnet)), and Mark Rozovsky’s Theatre at Nikitsky Gates (Teatr u Nikitskix Vorot p/r Marka Rozovskogo) with their theatrical fantasy Triumph Square (Triumfalnaya Ploshchad);

In the foyer of the concert hall, the first public showing is given of the design for The Meyerhold Centre’s new building on Novoslobodskaya Ulitsa;

In combination with Vienna Acts, an organization that coordinates the activity of Austria’s theatres and sees its fundamental goal as being the support of independent theatrical projects, The Meyerhold Centre presents the following productions to the Moscow public:

Theater Drachengasse’s production of Bouncers: The Night is Ours, as directed by Beverly Blankenship;

Theater Tanto’s composition Traveling Through Water: From the World of Don Quixote, created and staged by Susanna Tabaka-Pillhoffer and Jan Tabaka;

In combination with the Vienna Theatre of Entertainment, the Yura Zoifer Theatre’s staging of Heiner Muller’s Description of a Picture, as directed by Mikhail Aikhorn;

Theatre Trans Danubia’s production of choreographer and dancer Astrid Bayer’s solo performance, Goldberg: Variations on Bach – Momentary Photos.

In addition to these Austrian theatres taking part in the Meyerhold Days, numerous independent Russian troupes are included, primarily ensembles from Creative Studios:

The Open Theatre presents Paul Claudel’s Satin Slipper, as directed by Vladimir Kosmachevsky;

The Tverbul (Tverskoy Bulvar) Brotherhood of Actors and Musicians presents Tverbul, as directed by Alexei Paperny and Yevgeny Arshansky;

The Mikhail Mokeyev Studio presents Ostrovsky’s Forest;

Theatre Odd-Even presents Daniil Kharms’ and Alexander Vvedensky’s Elizabetu Bam, as staged by Alexander Ponomarev;

Alexei Levinsky and his group of actors present Meyerhold’s biomechanical études.

Renowned director Jacque Lasalle takes part in the Meyerhold Days upon the invitation of The Meyerhold Centre;

At the apartment-museum, conferences are held dedicated to Meyerhold. Participants include Edward Brown (Great Britain), Beátrice Piccon-Vallin (France), Sergei Desnitsky, Mark Zakharov, Oleg Efremov, Yevgeny Samoylov, A.A. Sherel, and others;

The first official visit is paid to Meyerhold’s burial site in the Donskoy Cemetery;

The premiere is held of Sidur-Mystery (Sidur-misteriya), created by composer Alexander Bakshi and director Valery Fokin for the Mark Pekarsky Percussive Ensemble (Teatr Udarnix Marka Pekarskogo).

1993

The premiere is held of Valery Fokin’s television film Ich, Feuerbach, based upon the play by Tankred Dorst and with Zinoviy Gerdt in the leading role.

The Meyerhold Centre produces Pina Bausch’s first ever tour to Russia with her production Café Müller.

In conjunction with the Goethe Institute, The Meyerhold Centre produces tours by Johann Kresnik (Bremen, Germany) with his staging of Macbeth, and by Andrej Voron’s Kreatur Theater with his production of Bruno Schulz’s Gingerbread House.

1994

On February 10th, the premiere is held of Valery Fokin’s Hotel Room in the Town of NN (Numer v Gostinitse Goroda NN), based upon Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls (Mertvie Dushi).

In February, a new exposition is opened in the Meyerhold Theatre Museum in Penza in connection with the 120th anniversary of Meyerhold’s birth, including a practical research conference led by T.I. Bashelis.

In September, an evening dedicated to the memory of Zinaida Raikh is held at the museum-apartment in honour of the 90th anniversary of her birth.

1995

For the first time, The Meyerhold Centre awards the Meyerhold scholarships. From this year on, the scholarships are awarded annually on Meyerhold’s day of birth (February 10th) to the most promising directing students currently attending theatre schools in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.


On March 25th, in conjunction with the Satirikon Theatre, the premiere is held of Valery Fokin’s Metamorphosis, based upon the novel by Franz Kafka and with Konstantin Raikin in the leading role.

1996

In agreement with a resolution of the Russian Ministry of Culture, The Meyerhold Centre begins financing the activities the Meyerhold Apartment-Museum.


At the apartment-museum, an evening dedicated to the memory of Igor Ilinsky is held.

1997

Valery Fokin conducts a master-class and seminar devoted to Meyerhold at the Andalusian Theatre Centre in Seville (Spain). Topics covered include fundamental techniques for composing a performance, musical formation, scenic decisions, Meyerhold and Stanislavski, and biomechanics.

The Meyerhold Centre participates in the European Theatre Forum in Saint-Étienne (France), in the Russian Season of the Festival d’Avignon, and in Festival Passages in Nancy (France).

1998

On January 20th, in conjunction with the Oleg Tabakov Theatre, the premiere is held of Valery Fokin’s And Van Gogh Too… (Eshyo Van Gog…).

The second edition of the Meyerhold Anthology (Meyerxoldovskiy Sbornik) is released, edited by O.M. Feldman.

1999

Upon the invitation of the Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, The Meyerhold Centre participates in the conference Meyerhold: Reflections, dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the director’s birth.

On February 10th, the annual evening celebration dedicated to the memory of Vsevolod Meyerhold is held not in the apartment-museum as usual, but in the nearly completed building of The Meyerhold Centre, soon to be opened on Novoslobodskaya Ulitsa.

In April, The Meyerhold Centre releases the book Scores for Two Plays (Partitury Dvux Spektakley), written by Lyudmila Bakshi and edited by Valery Semenovsky. The book is an attempt to textually record the theatrical action of A Hotel Room in the Town of NN and Metamorphosis.

On the Culture Channel, the premiere is made of the television film Mysteries of “The Inspector General” (Zagadki “Revizora”). Written by Vitas Silunas and filmed by Valery Fokin, the film recounts Meyerhold’s version of The Inspector General and continues to fantasize on both the director’s and the play’s themes.

In November, the first ever monument to Vsevelod Meyerhold is unveiled.


2000

In May, The Meyerhold Centre participates in the Spring Festival in Shizuoka (Japan). Valery Fokin meets with Tadashi Suzuki to discuss future collaboration between The Meyerhold Centre and the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center.


The Meyerhold Centre releases a new book compiled by O.M. Feldman, Vsevolod Meyerhold: Lectures from 1918 – 1919 (V.E. Meyerxold. Lektsii 1918 – 1919).


In August, Valery Fokin’s production of Air City (Vozdushniy Gorod), based upon The Birds by Aristophanes, is presented at the Summer Festival in Varna, Bulgaria.


In September, an evening dedicated to the creative legacy of Meyerhold and traditional Eastern theatre is held at the apartment-museum, including meetings with Japanese directors, actors, and theatre experts.


In November, The Meyerhold Centre participates in the international conference Meyerhold: la Mise en Scène dans le Siècle, being held in Paris. Conceived of by the renowned theatre researcher Beátrice Piccon-Vallin, the conference is designed as a forum for both theatre historians and practitioners, considering possibilities for contemporary performance in light of Meyerhold’s ideas.


2001

In February, the new building of The Meyerhold Centre at 23 Novoslobodskaya Ulitsa is officially opened. In conjunction with this event, the book The Meyerhold Centre is released, edited by Valery Semenovsky and Alexandra Zaslavskaya.

From February 17th to March 20th, a festival of Valery Fokin’s recent productions is held in the new building, highlighting those plays which were either produced or co-produced by The Meyerhold Centre. This festival includes the Russian premiere of Fokin’s staging of The Wedding (Svadba) by Anton Chekhov, originally presented at the S. Yarach Theatre in Łódź (Poland).

In May and June, The Meyerhold Centre hosts the Experimental Programme of the Third International Theatre Olympiad. This programme includes:

A theatrical evening dedicated to the memory of Antonin Artaud as the portrait of a great visionary, with the participation of Viktor Gvozditsky, Klim, Valery Semenovsky, Valery Fokin, and others;

The grand premiere of The Meyerhold Centre’s newest artistic programme, Antonin Artaud: A New Century;

Performances by Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret (Denmark);

Performances of Metamorphoses, a demonstration of working techniques, and a master-class led by Włodzimierz Staniewski and his Gardzienice Theatre (Poland);

Master classes and performances of The Herd (Staya) and The Bed (Krovat) by Gennady Abramov’s Class of Expressive Plasticity;

Performances of Quizoola! and 12 am: Awake & Looking Down by Tim Etchell’s theatre company Forced Entertainment;

Performances of The Garden: The Eighth Regeneration (Sad. 8-ya Regeneratsiya) by the Boris Yukhananov Studio;

Performances of Imitator Dei and Astronomy for Insects by Theatre blackSKYwhite;

Master classes led by Doctor Mei Baoju and his students at the Peking Opera;

Master classes led by directors Krystian Lupa (Poland) and Klim;

An evening celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Meyerhold Centre;

An open class of director Grigory Kozlov and his students at the St. Petersburg Academy of Theatrical Art (SPbGATI);

An open lesson in biomechanics, led by director Alexei Levinsky.

2005

The entire year is dedicated to the artistic programme Polish Theatre: Yesterday & Today, the events of which are listed in full under the corresponding programme heading in the Meyerhold Centre – Programmes link.

Season 2005-2006

Performances of Boys (Malchiki), Marienbad, and As You Like It by Sergei Zhenovach’s Studio of Theatrical Art (Studiya Teatralnogo Isskustva).

The Fourth New Drama (Novaya Drama) Festival of Contemporary Plays.

A seminar led by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford-upon-Avon, England) for Russian playwrights.

A tour of Ajax: Madness by Theodoros Terzopoulos (Athens, Greece).

The premiere of the Little World Theatre’s (Malenkiy Mirovoy Teatr) production Opera is Capable of Everything (Krugom Vozmozhna Opera), as directed by Natalya Anastasieva.

Within the framework of the Chekhov International Theatre Festival, performances by Patrice Shero, and an artistic rendezous with Jacque Lasalle and Heiner Goebbels.

The premiere of The Vagina Monologues as directed by Joel Lehtonen.

The premiere of Alexander Arkhipov’s play Underground God (Podzemniy Bog) as directed by Anton Kovalenko, a recent graduate from Kama Ginkas’ directing course at the Moscow Art Theatre School.

An open class of Lev Dodin and his students at the St. Petersburg Academy of Theatrical Arts (SPbGATI).

A tour by the Free Theater of Minsk (Belarus).

A tour of Alexei Yankovsky’s production Cabaret Buchenwald.

Within the framework of the Golden Mask Russian Performing Arts Festival, the Pro-Theatre 2006 exhibition of Russian theatres.

A tour by the Ilkhom Theatre of Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

The premiere of Chernobyl Prayer (Chernobylskaya Molitva), as directed by Joel Lehtonen, in memory of the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe.

The Kinoteatr.doc Festival of Real Film.

A tour of the Kaunas State Drama Theatre’s production of 4.48 Psychosis as directed by Valius Tertelis.

A tour of the Kolyada Theatre from Yekaterinburg.

The Festival of Contemporary British Drama.

The premiere of Sergei Zhenovach’s production of A Family in Decline (Zakhudaly Rod).

The presentation of the anthology Six Swedish Plays (Shest Shvedskix Pes).

Showings of Trojan Women as performed by Oleg Kudryashov’s course at RATI-GITIS.

Season 2006-2007

An evening dedicated to the memory of Sergey Dovlatov (Theatre Praktika).

The Fifth New Drama (Novaya Drama) Festival of Contemporary Plays, including a tour by Vladislav Troitsky’s Theatre DAKH of Kiev (Ukraine).

The premiere of Martin McDonagh’s Cripple of Inishmaan, as directed by Irina Keruchenko.

The Territoriya Festival of Contemporary Art.

A programme of film screenings by young directors.

A tour of the Czech production Thirst (Zhazhda).

A tour of the production DK Dance (DK Dans) by Theatre InZhest of Minsk (Belarus).

In conjunction with the Centre Culturel Français, a day in honour of Samuel Beckett.

A tour by Our Theatre (Nash Teatr) of Saint Petersburg.

Within the framework of the annual Meyerhold Theatrical Rendezvous, a tour of the performance Krum, as created by Krzysztof Warlikowski and his theatre TR Warszawa. As part of this rendezvous, Warlikowski is awarded the annual Meyerhold Prize.

A seminar in Arts Management and Fundraising led by Professor Arthur Gukasian.

Tours by the Yaroslavl Chamber Theatre.

The premiere of Sergei Zhenovach’s production Players (Igroki)

The Russian Festival of Performing Arts Golden Mask 2007.

The Chekhov International Theatre Festival, including performances by Peter Brook and others.


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