A very unusual cultural institution – the Stanislavsky ElectrotheatreRussian: Elektroteatr Stanislavski or Электротеатр СТАНИСЛАВСКИЙ – is located in TverskayaRussian: Тверская street close to the Garden RingRussian: Sadovoe koltso or Садовое кольцо. Its doors are open every day, and it is a truly modern theatre. Its artistic director Boris Yukhananov develops links with various artistic endeavours, incorporating theatre, music, art, cinema, dance and contemporary literature.
The area around Tverskaya street is considered to be the theatre hub of Moscow for good reason. The A. Chekhov MKhTRussian: MKhT im. A. Chekhova or МХТ им. А. Чехова and the M. Gorky MKhATRussian: MKhAT im. M. Gorkogo or МХАТ им. М. Горького, the ApArte drama theatreRussian: dramaticheskiy teatr «ApArte» or драматический театр «АпАрте», the Satire TheatreRussian: Teatr Satiry or Театр Сатиры, the Russian Academic Youth TheatreRussian: Rossiyskiy akademicheskiy molodezhnyi teatr or Российский академический молодежный театр (RAMTRussian: РАМТ for short), Yermolova’s TheatreRussian: teatr im. N. Ermolovoy or театр им. Н. Ермоловой, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music TheatreRussian: Muzykalnyi teatr im. K. Stanislavskogo i V. Nemirovicha-Danchenko or Музыкальный театр им. К. Станиславского и В. Немировича-Данченко, the Moscow Operetta TheatreRussian: Moskovskaya operetta or Московская оперетта, and the Bolshoi TheatreRussian: Bolshoy teatr or Большой театр are located nearby. The side streets neighbouring Tverskaya are reminiscent of the area’s rich legacy, seemingly offering an exciting day tour around the heart of the capital’s theatre scene. The Stanislavsky memorial houseRussian: dom-muzey Stanislavskogo or дом-музей Станиславского is located in Leontievsky side streetRussian: Leontyevskiy pereulok or Леонтьевский переулок, in Glinischevsky side streetRussian: Glinischevskiy pereulok or Глинищевский переулок the Nemirovich-Danchenko memorial apartmentRussian: memorialnaya kvartira Nemirovicha-Danchenko or мемориальная квартира Немировича-Данченко is situated, while in Kamergersky side streetRussian: Kamergerskiy pereulok or Камергерский переулок you will find the MKhAT history museumRussian: muzey istorii MKhATa or музей истории МХАТа.
The Electrotheatre owes its name to the premises it occupies, i.e. the former tenement building used to house the popular Electrotheatre ARSRussian: Электротеатр АРС movie theatre from 1915 until it was closed down after the 1917 revolution. N.I. Sats’s Children’s TheatreRussian: Detskiy teatr N. Sats or Детский театр Н.И. Сац was opened in this building a bit later, as well as the Moscow Young Spectators’ TheatreRussian: Teatr yunogo zritelya or Театр юного зрителя.
An Opera and Drama StudioRussian: Operno-dramaticheskaya studiya or Оперно-драматическая студия founded by Stanislavsky moved here in 1948. In 1946, it received the status of theatre while retaining its name. This is why the memory of Stanislavsky’s name, his bold reforms and innovations could be felt in the history of the theatre in 23, Tverskaya street throughout the 20thcentury. Almost all of the directors who worked there followed his bold reforms.
In 2013, the Moscow Department of Culture ran a competition for the post of artistic director. The winner of the competition was Boris Yukhananov, a study of Anatoly Vasiliev and Anatoly Efros. The new artistic director intended to breathe new life into the theatre, and he went about his work actively and thoroughly. He entrusted the complete renovation of the former film theatre to the Wowhaus architectural bureau, which created a totally new multi-purpose space which offered the opportunity to run several programmes at the same time.
ELECTROTHEATRE TODAY: FUSION OF ALL ART FORMS
It is the multifunctionality emerging from the new layout that prompted such an unusual name. We call it the STANISLAVSKY Electrotheatre because it is the space of an instant cultural reaction and liken it to a switch which closes the circuit and keeps the flow of the current going.
The director is truly at the heart of the Electrotheatre. The rest of the environment revolves around them. The theatre welcomes both young and experienced directors, either experimental and traditional. Take, for instance, the case of the famous avant-garde director Theodoros Therzopulos’s productions (“BacchaesRussian: Vakkhanki or Вакханки”) or the Golden DonkeyRussian: Zolotoy osyol or Золотой осел project within the framework of the young directors’ laboratory.
Hardly any theatre can do without music, and consequently much attention is paid to the search of new forms of modern academic and electronic music, and leading composers such as Vladimir Rannev are invited to contribute to the repertoire. Another link in the electric circuit of the theatre is collaboration with contemporary artists, performance artists, and performers who work together to develop a symbiosis between theatre and art.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISITORS
The Cinema for the Electrotheatre on the whole and its artistic director in particular are renowned for their love of cinema theory. For this reason, collaboration with the CINE FANTOMRussian: СИНЕ ФАНТОМ cinema club, where audiovisual works with a consequent discussion by the participants and the viewers are presented, is characteristic of the theatre.
Free film screenings and discussions with leading film experts are often held in the Electrotheatre. These meetings prompted the creation of another area of activity – the educational project “The Modern Viewer and Listener SchoolRussian: Shkola sovremennogo zritelya i slushatelya or Школа современного зрителя и слушателя”. Thanks to the School, you can easily visit Electrotheatre not only in the evening but also in the afternoon.
The STANISLAVSKY Electrotheatre is setting up its own publishing house called “The Theatre and Its DiaryRussian: Teatr i ego dnevnik or Театр и его дневник”. It aims to shape the habit of reading complex texts in their context. For this purpose, the office of the Saint-Petersburg book shop “Poryadok SlovRussian: Порядок слов” was opened in the Electrotheatre. A book shop, a space for lectures and exhibitions, and a cafeteria are located in the entrance hall which is open in the afternoon and evening. If the cafeteria is not enough to finish the evening, you can use one of the restaurants in Moscow (Russia). It has become another cultural platform of the Electrotheatre. All theatrical, musical, and cinema experiments are carried out on the renewed transforming stage on the first floor: the auditorium can now be transformed to respond to any idea of the director while state-of-the-art sound equipment and light technology help create the renowned original performances.© 2016-2020 moscovery.com