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The Program of the International Committee of the Theatre Olympics 2019 is Closing

Performances 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (November 16–17) and 'Gyatei-Gyatei' (November 19–20) staged by Tadashi Suzuki, a master of the global theatre, are closing the Program of the International Committee of the Theatre Olympics 2019. Performances by one of founders and members of the Olympic International Committee were presented on the Main and the New Stages of the Alexandrinsky Theatre. 'Zauberland', a performance by British director Katie Mitchell presented on December 12, will complete the program of the International Committee — it is held in cooperation with the NET Festival. In total the Program of the International Committee of the Theatre Olympics 2019 comprised 27 productions from 16 countries, including performances from Canada, Germany, UK, Greece, China and India.


It's not an accident that performances by Tadashi Suzuki are presented to close the Program of the International Committee. In the year of its 25th anniversary the Theatre Olympics is held for the first time ever in two countries — in Russia and Japan. Events of the Theatre Olympics in Japan will take place from August 23 to September 23 in Toga, where Tadashi Suzuki Theatre Company, one of the world's most respected theatre centers, is located.


Official closing of the International Theatre Olympics 2019 was held on November 15 on New Stage of the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre in the framework of the Gala Opening of the VIII Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The Gala Concert was attended by Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; and Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.

'We could see as in 2019 — the Year of Theatre — attention of millions of people was focused on stages. The relay of the All-Russian Theatre Marathon was passed from one region to another. The art of theatre not only covered thousands of kilometers of the Russian territory easily, but also crossed national borders. The International Theatre Olympics has taken place in Russia for the first time in 25 years featuring 78 participating teams from 22 countries, and it was really a feast of theatre,' Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, said in his welcome remarks.


The next Theatre Olympics may take place in Hungary in 2023. At the Press Conference in the framework of the VIII Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum, Péter Fekete, Secretary General for Culture of the Ministry of Social Development of Hungary, and Attila Vidnyansky, Artistic Director of the Hungarian National Theatre, announced that the country would be ready to host the Theatre Olympics 2023. They addressed their request to the International Committee of the Theatre Olympics represented by its Founder and President Theodoros Terzopoulos, and a member of the International Committee and Artistic Director of the Alexandrinsky Theatre Valery Fokin. A representative of the Hungarian Ministry of Social Development visited the International Cultural Forum to announce about this initiative highlighting its particular meaning for the country.


After the completion of the Program of the International Committee, the Theatre Olympics 2019 will continue up to December 14. In its framework performances of the NET Festival will be presented in Saint Petersburg ('Rehearsal. History(ies) of Theatre (I)', 'Toys', 'World History', 'Zauberland'), as well as Jan Fabre's Festival production dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre ('Resurrexit Cassandra' and 'Preparatio Mortis').