In 2019 Russia have welcomed International Theatre Olympics, one of the key events of the Year of Theatre.
Theatre Olympics 2019 was a large scale international festival, a venue for development of global theatre integration and dialogue between theatre professionals from around the world. The festival program included performances by best foreign theatres and national theatres from various Russian regions, as well as lectures and workshops by leading theatre figures.
The 25th anniversary edition of the Theatre Olympics was heldfor the first time ever in two countries — Russia and Japan — for the first time. The decision to host the Theatre Olympics 2019 in Russia was adopted at the VII Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
The Theatre Olympics program included stagings by renowned theatre directors, including the founder of the Theatre Olympics Theodoros Terzopoulos, Valery Fokin, Tadashi Suzuki, Heiner Goebbels, Robert Wilson, Andrey Scherban, Andriy Zholdak, Krystian Lupa, and Jan Klata.
Saint Petersburg served as the main host city of the event, and the opening ceremony of the International Theatre Olympics will take place on June 15, 2019. It was likely to become a special event for the city. The main venue of the Theatre Olympics was Alexandinsky Theatre, most shows were presented at its Main and New Stages.
In total, the city has hosted more than 50 theatre productions from 20 countries, among them the Theatre Buff du Nord (Paris, France), the Theatre Company FC Bergman, (Antwerp, Belgium), the People’s Theatre of Beijing (China), the National Theatre (Budapest, Hungary), Attis Theater (Athens, Greece), SCOT Theater Company (Toga, Japan), Schaubuhne (Berlin, Germany), Old Theater (Krakow, Poland), Piccolo Theater (Milan, Italy), Chorus Theater (Impahal, India), Bulandra Theater (Bucharest, Romania), Nanterre-Amandiers (Paris, France) and others.
Co-products of the International Festival in Manchester, Alexandrinsky Theatre and Rimini Protocoll Theatre Company were also being specially prepared for Theatre Olympics 2019. A large-scale project dedicated to the topic of Utopia includes more than 50 locations all around the city and 300 participants.
Additionally, the program was represented by shows from national theatres from various Russian regions, and Saint Petersburg theatres toured other regions of Russia. A separate exchange program was pallned in Japan as part of cooperation with the Theatre Olympics event. In addition to productions, the Theatre Olympics included an extensive educational and research program, which was represented by lectures and intense workshops presented by leading theatre figures from all over the world.
Two additional venues of the Olympics were organizedas part of special programs. Some shows were staged in the Far East, and in Artekthe participants of the special Theatre Shift haved a chance to rehearse together with directors, took part in workshops and met with the participants of the Theatre Olympics.
At the Theatre Olympics 2019 worked: