"Image" at the Obraztsov Theater - Moskovskaya Pravda

The Second Festival of Children's Amateur Theater Groups "Obraz", which was held from November 21 to 24, 2022, ended at the Obraztsov Theater. During four intense days, more than 100 participants from 5 to 15 years old presented their creative works to the audience. The festival was attended by 13 teams from Tomsk, Nizhny Tagil, Arkhangelsk, Voronezh, Sochi, Irkutsk, Lipetsk, Pskov, St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Moscow region.

Opening of the festival "Image". Photo by Alexander Ivanishin

Not a single performance was like the other: there were children's fairy tales and classics of world literature, puppet and dramatic performances, comic skits and serious philosophical reflections. The well-known throughout the country team from Voronezh "Teatralnaya 17" under the direction of Alexander Novikov showed plastic fantasy "Sky above the sky", where references to Magritte and Goya, Pina Bausch and Philippe Genty were read. The Sakvoyazh Puppet Theater and the Our Theater studio from Sochi presented their version of Maxim Gorky's Old Woman Izergil directed by Roman Sokolovsky. Moreover, the guys made dolls themselves - from pieces of wood found on the seashore. And the Drama Studio of the Irkutsk Theater. Okhlopokva played "French Lessons" by Valentin Rasputin at the level of true professionals.

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Irkutsk. Studio "Drama" of the Irkutsk Theater. Okhlopkov. Performance "French Lessons"

But most importantly, there were many talented, enthusiastic children at the festival who are passionate about their work and reveal their creative potential on stage.

Boris Konstantinovartistic director of the festival, chief director of the Obraztsova Puppet Theatre: “We wanted to bring together guys who invent new worlds, revive the inanimate and give people a fairy tale. Not professionals, but those who do this at the call of the soul. In the future, they may become engineers, teachers, doctors, astronauts, but having come into contact with this kind of art in childhood, a small person becomes a person.”

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Pskov. Children's theater workshop "Nails", the play "What's in the envelope?"

Elena Bulukovadirector of the Obraztsova Puppet Theatre, co-chairman of the festival: “The main value of this festival is that amateur groups become members of the single professional theater space of the country. Children and teachers from different cities have the opportunity not only to get to know and exchange experiences with each other, but also to acquire new knowledge from stage masters.”

In addition to performances, the festival hosted master classes by artists from the Obraztsov Theatre. The children got acquainted with different systems of puppets, with the Japanese paper theater kamishibai, with the traditions of the Russian crib theater, and also went on excursions to the Museum of the Theater and the Museum-Apartment of Sergei Obraztsov.

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Arkhangelsk. Children's puppet theater "Skomorokh", the play "The Truth about Shisha" by Shergin

The participants of the festival went to their cities, enriched with new experience and charged with bright emotions. And the audience was left with their performances, which can be watched in the recording on the YouTube channel of the Obraztsov Theater: https://www.youtube.com/@user-pc7sm9ku9z/streams

The project was implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation by the Association "Academy of Folk Music" in conjunction with the State Central Theater Theater named after. S.V. Obraztsova.

According to the press service of the Obraztsov Theatre.

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