EXILE PROMENADE (concept / director / co-author)
Premiere – June 16, 2023, Berliner Festspiele, Performing Exiles Festival curated by Matthias Lillienthal in consultation with Rabih Mroué
The performative walk leads to places of historical and current exile from Russia in Berlin, which interweave with the exile biographies of the three protagonists and with different eras of migration. “Exile Promenade” critically reflects on the Russian history of exile from today’s standpoint, performatively investigates deserted places, broken ties, and lost identities and asks: What is the task of artists in the face of catastrophe such as war? Could we find the right words in times of numbness and horror? And what if you come from the country of the aggressor?
RISKLAB (concept / director / performer)
A series of participatory performances about risk in art and artists at risk, created in collaboration with risk-taking artists from different parts of the world.
1st episode – Abhishek Thapar (India / Netherlands), Camden People’s Theatre, London, 2018.
2nd episode – Anis Hamdoun (Syria / Germany). Camden People’s Theatre, London, 2018.
3rd episode – Anna Sagalchik and Tim Tkachev (Belarus / Russia). Deutsches Theater Berlin, Radar Ost Festival, 2021.
4th episode – Elina Kulikova (Russia / exile in Georgia). The Gathering by Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University, 2022.
5th episode – Anton Ryanov (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia). Grenzenlos Kultur Festival, Staatstheater Mainz, Germany, 2022.
HOW TO SELL YOURSELF TO THE WEST (author / director / performer)
An investigative performance project about the politics inside the art industry. Conceived in the art residency of the Young Academy of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2020. Presented as a lecture-performance at the Radar Ost Festival 2021 at Deutsches Theater Berlin. Read the practical guide “How to Sell Yourself to the West?”. Watch the video teaser of the performance.
CARIES OF CAPITALISM (co-author and co-creator)
Nominee for the grand prize of the Sergei Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award 2020. Long-list of the most notable theatre productions of the season 2019/2020, chosen for the special program “Russian case 2020” of the Golden Mask Russian National Theatre award.
A politically engaged participatory performance about precarity, money, and labor inside the theatre industry. Devised in collaboration with Alena Papina, Olga Tarakanowa, Daria Iuriichuk. Premiere – October 1, 2019, at the Meyerhold theatre center (Moscow, Russia).
LOCKER ROOM TALK (director / performer)
The winner of the Black Box Residency 2018/2019 at the Meyerhold theatre center. Long-list of the most notable theatre productions of the season 2018/2019, chosen for the special program “Mask Plus” of the Golden Mask Russian National Theatre award.
Male sexist texts are performed by female bodies. Based on the verbatim play Locker Room Talk by Gary McNair. Created in collaboration with choreographer Daria Iuriichuk and dramaturg Olga Tarakanowa. Premiere – June 4, 2019, at the Meyerhold Theatre Center (Moscow, Russia). WATCH TEASER
EDGELANDS by Theatre for Pigeons (collaborator / co-director / performer)
A devised multimedia theatre piece about edgelands of life and death. RCSSD, London, 2018.
DOUBLE EAGLE. A WORKSHOP FOR RUSSIAN EMIGRANTS (concept / director / performer)
An immersive theatre piece about the new wave of Russian emigration. Co-created together with a playwright Natasha Borenko. Premiere – ICAF-Festival, Rotterdam, 2017.
BOAL IN RUSSIA (curator)
Workshops and lectures about forum theatre in Russia in collaboration with Masha Kolosova and invited artists. St.Petersburg / Moscow / Voronezh, 2016-2017. Watch a workshop trailer or a lecture (RUS).
VMESTE. TEENAGE THEATRE AGAINST XENOPHOBIA (concept / producer / final editing)
A documentary film about socially engaged theatre project Vmeste from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Premiere – 19th Assitej International theatre festival for children and young people, Cape Town, 2017. WATCH ONLINE
“_____________” (opening quotation mark fourteen spaces closing quotation mark) (director)
A documentary theatre concert with 14 teenagers. Co-created together with a playwright Natasha Borenko. Premiere – Bolshoi Drama Theatre, Saint Petersburg, 2015. WATCH TRAILER
18TH DIARY IN A BLUE COVER WITH A TEAPOT ON IT (director)
A documentary theatre piece about “we” and “they”. Co-created together with a playwright Natasha Borenko. Laboratory ON.Theatre, St. Petersburg, 2015.
NEW BRITISH DRAMA FESTIVAL (curator)
6 contemporary British plays were presented in the form of staged readings by 6 Russian young directors. Bolshoi Drama Theatre, St. Petersburg, 2014.
FRIDGE – FOR VANILLA ICE CREAM! (curator, co-director together with E.Maximova and S.Svistunovich)
A documentary theatre piece with teenagers of different nationalities about xenophobia and tolerance. Scriptwriter – A. Gorbova. Laboratory ON.Theatre, St.Petersburg, 2013. WATCH TRAILER