From 26 November to 4 December, the “Vdokhnoveniye” inclusive arts festival was held in Moscow, organised with the help of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the “Stremleniye” and “Otsovstvo” charity foundations. The event attracted inclusive artistic groups from Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Voronezh, St. Petersburg, and Kostroma. Voronezh was represented by the Theatre of Equals – VSU's cultural and educational project. The Theatre took part in two major events of the festival – the interregional forum “Special art – contemporary techniques”, and the final concert at the Central House of Artists.
On 30 November, Valeria Malamurova, head of the Theatre of Equals, told her colleagues and journalist about the success the project has been enjoying in Voronezh, about the tours, and the sponsors of the theatre, which all became possible thanks to the audience, and the support by the region. Now the Theatre of Equals is well known not only in the Voronezh Region, but in many other parts of the country. On 4 December, at the Central House of Artists, the Theatre demonstrated parts of their new play – “Deniskiny Russkazy”, based on a book by Viktor Dragunsky. The premier is set for the beginning of 2017. Six actors taking part in the performance, have been working on the play on their own together with the director of the Theatre and actress, Kristina Dolgikh. The audience highly praised the performance, and had a good laugh at the story of the “adventures” of two schoolboys.
The new play is special in many ways – it was suggested by the new director, supervised by the art director, Vadim Krivosheev, and presents a new interpretation of the well-known children book. Besides, the play was first demonstrated in Moscow, and it was also the first performance by the Theatre's new actor, Evgeny Zhakot. Here is what he told us about his first time on stage:
“It was awesome! The Theatre of Equals is a perfect place to develop your talents and get ready to move even further. I am happy to be part of this team, and I hope this is not the last time I play in the premier performance.