Dancing based on Dostoevsky and Solaris: Tverskaya Street to feature performances by the best theatres

Dancing based on Dostoevsky and Solaris: Tverskaya Street to feature performances by the best theatres
Seven festival venues will be dedicated to different epochs – from the early 20th century to modern day.

The programme of the festival Russia Day: Moscow Time includes plays by top Moscow and regional theatres, circus shows and concerts. The central venue will be Tverskaya Street, which will again become a pedestrian zone. Themed venues dedicated to seven cultural eras will also be located on Mokhovaya and Okhotny Ryad streets.

From The Time of the Classics to the postwar years

The Time of the Classics venue on Tverskaya Street (from Kozitsky to Glinishchevsky Pereulok) will take its visitors into the early 20th century through performances of plays popular at the time. These will be a production based on Anton Chekhov’s stories and plays by the Pevtsov Theatre; Kashtanka by St Petersburg’s Zazerkalye Theatre; a play featuring Sergei Yesenin’s verse by the Moscow Drama Theatre directed by Armen Dzhigarkhanyan; and old-time romances.

Tverskaya Street will also open a venue dedicated to Soviet avant-garde of the 1920s – The Rise of a New State. It will occupy an area from Glinishchevsky to Stoleshnikov pereuloks. The Ballet Moscow company will put on a dance performance based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. The Meyerhold Centre’s dance production The Body of the Avant-garde will provide a glimpse into the history of avant-garde art. The Novaya Opera Theatre will offer its programme Songs of Our Motherland.

The Land of Victorious Socialism and the Postwar Years venue between Stoleshnikov and Kamergersky pereuloks will give an insight into the life of the 1930-1940s. Eskizy v Prostranstve theatre and the Moscow Provincial Theatre will perform songs the whole country used to sing along to at that time. The Dmitry Brusnikin Studio will present a play about Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Thaw, stagnation and perestroika

Visitors at Tverskaya Street will also learn about life during the thaw period (1950-1960s). The venue will be located between Kamergersky and Georgiyevsky pereuloks. The theatre programme has been prepared by the Natalya Sats Theatre for Young Audiences. The theatre will stage its top performances on 11-12 June.

Visitors will learn about the art and hobbies of Muscovites in the 1970-1980s at the Time of Change venue extending from Georgiyevsky Pereulok to the intersection with Mokhovaya and Okhotny Ryad streets. Productions in the genre of science fiction, which was popular at that period, will be put on stage by the Trikster Theatre (Fables for Robots On Real People) and the Dialogue Dance company (Solaris).

A new country

The Time of a New Russia venue on Mokhovaya Street, dedicated to the 1990s and early 21st century, will include an acrobatic and illusionist show and a dance performance by FlexxBallet at the junction of classical ballet and oriental exoticism.

Young artists will show what the modern era is like at the Modernity venue between 1 Okhotny Ryad and 2 Teatralny Proyezd. A 24-hour marathon of student performances will also take place there.

In all, the festival will involve over 20 theatre companies and over 1,000 artists. Besides the performances and music, guests will be able to enjoy sports events and dancing classes. A gastronomic programme will be of special interest with its menu reflecting the spirit of the time at each venue.