Programme of the XII International Student Theatre Festival TEATRALNY KOUFAR

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30.11.2015

18/00

BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Twilight. Sounds. Shadows…Suitcase

Directed by Vladislava Tsviki
Vitebsk (Belarus)
Twilight… The wind of time moves in a spiral, and day’s energies concentrate so intensely, that become almost visible. Sounds asunder. The day breathes out… Fine worlds become apparent, diluting The Shadows. Two worlds twirl in a dance of life, engage and interact unconsciously, surrendering to the motion of the Universe. We are people. And by the evening of life our suitcase should be packed… Suitcase is a luggage that is getting heavier with each day. But we are people and that’s the only reason why the heavier the better. And twilight is the very time, when the wise forgive, let go and leave only love, disappearing into the darkness… As the stars can’t shine without darkness.
Physical
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30.11.2015

19.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Helver's Night

Ingmar Villqist, directed by Dmitry Tsishko
Na Balkone Theatre (Belarusian State University)
Minsk (Belarus)
What could be worse and more dangerous than the crowd? The story of a woman and her intellectually disabled young charge. Two people live in their own world where She works, looks after, nurtures and educates him; He plays with toy soldiers, paints and sometimes goes to the shop at her request. But… The night… The play recounts the events of a November night in 1938. That night anti-Jewish pogroms were held on Hitler’s order. Dozens of them. Hundreds of them. Thousands of dead and maimed people. As the sound of broken glass didn’t stop , that night was named Kristallnacht (Crystal Night).
Russian
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30.11.2015

21.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
The Orchard

Based on The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, directed by Andrei Sauchanka
Theatrical Project of Andrei Sauchanka
Minsk (Belarus)
There is the Lost.The Orchard. The Memory. The History.Alone with loneliness, with acquired garden, with lost destiny.Rethinking the play by Anton Chekhov through one character, one man, one person. Lyrics are formed to the singular series, to the soundless chains, to the silent rituals. The selected form of mono-performance allows to increase an intimate and sacred character for acting, to use uncommon techniques for a classical work, to create a peculiar author's context.
Belarusian, Russian
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01.12.2015

18.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
The Story of the Green Face Fly and the Long Nose Mosquito

Maksim Bagdanovich, directed by Aliaksei Dziamidchyk
Triumph Theatre-Studio
Barysau (Belarus)
Two young people tie the knot but love’s enchantment bit by bit gets eliminated by daily routine which leads to eventual death of one of them.
Belarusian
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01.12.2015

20:00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
A Tale of the Seven Hanged

Leonid Andreev, directed by Aleksandr Balaban
Cinematograph Theatre (Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts)
Kyiv (Ukraine)
A very deep story by Leonid Andreev of a person and humanity. Time of terror. Time of love. The characters have time only before the dawn. Time for what? Everyone decides for oneself.
Russian
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01.12.2015

22.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
MonoK & Plastilina. 2 in 1 PROGRAMME
Part 1. Grain
Choreographed by Siarhei Paiarkou, performed by Ihar Chypouski
Minsk (Belarus)
One day a thought comes to mind, which seems unusual, sharply differing ... Daring or stupid, absurd or beyond any logics. It is like a grain begins to germinate in my head. Where did it come from? A thought then develops itself, and gradually begins to crowd out the other ones, more and more grabbing my attention ... Is it me? Who has invented it all and where to put it? The thought growths ... Can I control this process? Is it necessary? Where will it take me? After all, where did this grain come from?
Physical
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01.12.2015

22.00

BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
MonoK & Plastilina. 2 in 1 PROGRAMME
"The Closer"


Choreographed by Iryna Shyrokaia
Skyline Dance Theatre
Minsk (Belarus)
The issue of perception has always excited me more than others, so it is possible the work carries a very poignant argument to dismiss our focus from "closeness" to its dissemination and a false sense. In the play, we focus on the issues of physical closeness, verbalization and mental connection. As a result, even relations among us became a discovery and sometimes a difficult hurdle. This performance is about being closer to the closest ones, about revealing the depth of relations with the dearest ones...
Physical
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02.12.2015

18.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Viy

Nikolai Gogol, directed by Viachaslau Sashcheka
Studiosy Theatre Studio (Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts)
Minsk (Belarus)
The genre of the performance could be described as “a horror joke”. A traditional Gogol’s plot structure remains in the play. During three nights seminarian Khoma Brut , protected by the magic circle, reads prayers at the grave of the witch he murdered. The witch rises from the dead every night. However, there are no traditional Ukrainian costumes and almost no set in the performance. The main thing about it is the play of light, shadows and sounds of a human voice; these are the elements that help the actors and the audience to plunge into a horror story. Contemporary theatrical language makes this performance clear to any audience.
Russian
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02.12.2015

20.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Hamlet

William Shakespeare, directed by Andrei Gorbaty
Theatre Studio 29 (Moscow State University)
Moscow (Russia)
Do you know that there is a lot of humour in Hamlet?! With an obscure and farcical flow your imagination becomes a key to our thought. We are not going to retell the story in detail but we will give you an opportunity to hear the perspective of the characters. Suddenly, for a moment you get to a street theatre where everything is gaudy, bright and obvious. The prince and carnival of jesters are all around. Claudius is an open-hearted clown. Hamlet’s inseparable pair of bosom “friends” are court pages from the Soviet cartoons of the 1940s, Polonius is an old buffoon, Gravedigger is a cheerful philosopher…
Russian
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02.12.2015

22.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
I.V.F

Based on Seeds by Michelle Pettigrove, directed by Gerda Surgautaite
Creators of Free Air Theatre
Klaipeda (Lithuania)
This performance explores the agony and the expectation, dreams and realities, ins and outs and the ups and downs that make up the I.V.F. experience. Darkly humorous in its style, it is an in - depth search for sanity in an often totally insane quest. The audience follows four different women, as their hopes, secrets and fears are expressed. Each story stands alone and gives the audience a different perspective on the whole I.V.F. roller coaster ride…
English
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03.12.2015

18.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Philopater

Gregorius Cnapius, directed by Rimantas Venckus
MINIMUM Theatre (Vilnius University)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
The dead king must be replaced with one of his sons. Senators decide that the new king will be the one who will dare to launch an arrow to the father's corpse. The sons are shocked by this decision and initially refuse to do that. But then Love and Power, two allegorical figures, become involved into the dispute. The first one tries to dissuade from this immoral action, the second one tries to encourage it – otherwise a foreigner will take control of the country…
Lithuanian with translation
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03.12.2015

20.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
After Slash /

Viktar Krasouski, directed by Kalev Kudu
TUT Theatre (Tartu University)
Tartu (Estonia)
Two young people, girl and boy, love each other but hesitate to say it. They even don’t know how to say and what to say. And the same time they are trying to keep their freedom and independence as long as possible, but love itself is stronger than their egos. And they can do nothing, at least love wins.
Estonian, Russian
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03.12.2015

22.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
The Shadows and Wind

Written and directed by Fereydoun Velayi
Barish Theatre
Maragheh (Iran)
A joyful play with one’s own shadow brings to the depth of self and reveals desperate loneliness out of unsolvable problemmes... Do you really smile when you smile? What is behind your shadow?
Physical
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04.12.2015

18.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Democracy

Joseph Brodsky, directed by Stanislav Golodnitsky
Chamber Drama Theatre (youth group)
Kostroma (Russia)
Joseph Brodsky’s play pamphlet Democracy was written over 20 years ago but since that it hasn’t lost its painful relevance. Real political puppet masters hide behind comfortable screen ideas, when all of a sudden they are ordered to announce to their people that the regime of democracy has been introduced. Actually the characters of the play do not have any faces, they wear masks shifting their own opinion with a reaction of chameleon.Kostroma version of Democracy does not have geographical ties or time frame, it may be something that happens in our neighbourhood where children play in an old rusty automobile carcass without wheels and there is no place for birds to build their nests as only stumps have left from trees.
Russian
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04.12.2015

20.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
To Go and Not Return

Vasil Bykau, directed by Andrei Sauchanka
Mikalai Kirychenka Workshop (Belarusian State Academy of Arts)
Minsk (Belarus)
A war. She. He. By order she have to cross the enemy’s territory. She goes. He hurries to help her. On his own. Without permission. He rushes because her life is the most important thing for him. First she accepts his aid. Then his feelings. But the war forces them to choose. Their choice is different. He is confident in his choice. And she should accept it. She should? Or shouldn’t she? What can they do to defend their choice? How far are they willing to go? To go… And not return?
Belarusian
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04.12.2015

22.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Edith Piaf. My Legionnaire

Ksenia Dragunskaia, directed by Aivars Ikselis
Valka City Theatre
Valka (Latvia)
Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan ... these names have become legend. They became a symbol of love, bright as lightning. Their relationship was difficult, but surprisingly open. Their love was cut short at the highest point, as the flight, at the time when they were on top of their happiness. Our performance is a fantasy on the theme when Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan first met, when they were not known, and their career was just at the beginning. The performance is set in 1936. This is not an illustration of Piaf’s biography. Funny, touching, simple like a song, it is a story about love and freedom, fleetingness, tenderness, and the war. The story which can make you cry, but you can laugh to tears ...
Russian, Latvian
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05.12.2015

14.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
KufarDramaLab PROGRAMME

Staged readings of Belarusian contemporary dramaturgy
Great Migration of Freaks (N.Rudkovski, directed by Dariusz Jezierski (Poland)) – in Bel.
Two is Too Many, the Third is Too Much (L.Chikanas, directed by Edward Lewis (UK)) – in Eng.
Opium (V.Korolev, directed by Aleksandr Balaban (Ukraine)) – in Rus.
Russian, Belarussian, English
Free admission
05.12.2015

17.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
4.48 Psychosis

Sarah Kane, stage adaptation by Robert Sturua and Nino Kantidze, directed by Kita Rokva
Telavi Professional State Drama Theatre
Telavi (Georgia)
‘Have in mind the light and trust to the light’. ‘The truth will light you before the death’. The reason of the main character’s depression is doublethink. He is desperately hopeless. He talks to himself but all his efforts to know himself end up in vain. He is in love with his doctor, but this feeling is a fruit of his imagination too. He blames God, who in his opinion has left him, as well as all the others. He tries to change the life with his imagined love and avoid suicide. He is frightened, because it is possible his torture will not end after his death.
Georgian with translation
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05.12.2015

18.00


BSU Lyceum Hall (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Coproduction of Les Enfant terrible and NeobyChainiki

Adventures of Pulcinello (directed by Dmitry Skachkov)
Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts
Minsk (Belarus)
The Adventures of Pulcinello is a bright, entertaining, vibrant masquerade with centuries-long experience, accumulated by generations of jugglers, buffoons, Spielmann, and Die Meistersinger; rapid carnival vortex, pranks, tricks, jokes, slapstick, clowns, burlesque; caricature, parody, emphasized grotesque and farcical characters in a fit of spontaneous improvisation and interact, a multicultural flavor in a thin conjunction with national sense; a circus-theatre and opera and ballet performance with puppet farce ... anima allegra (cheerful soul)!
Physical
FREE admission
05.12.2015

19.00


BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)
Silk

Alessandro Baricco, directed by Marco Pascolini
TURLg Theatre(Liege University)
Liege (Belgium)
‘It was one of those men who like to witness their own life, considering any ambition to live it as unbecoming. To earn a living, Herve Joncourt bought and sold silkworms’. 1861. Lavilledieu is a rural town thriving quietly with its silk trade. But, when an epidemic dooms this trade by its ravaging consequences, the people of Lavilledieu have no other choice than to look upon the mysterious and forbidden Orient, and the reclusive isle of Japan. It is decided that Herve Joncour will be the man sent to save the slowly dying silktrade. There he'll find love, he'll find war, he'll find loyalty and death. And destiny - the kind he will not, he cannot undertake - will find him and will change the foundations of what was his world, forever, and ever...
French
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