Russian Nights Theatre and School

"...Have you ever noticed that long before the sunrise, especially in our northern sky, behind the horizon, behind the farthest clouds, there appears a purple stripe, which does not look like evening glow because the sun at this time is still shining in its full brightness? This is a part of morning sunrise for the people from another hemisphere. Then every minute there is a sunrise on the earth, and stand guard at the so a part of its inhabitants can rise to attention next watch. It is not by chance that Providence arranged it this way..." Vladimir Odoevsky, "Russian Nights”

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The Wandering Voice


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The Russkiye Notchi (Russian Nights) Theatre and School was founded in St. Petersburg in 1992 by Valentina Beletskaya and Alexander Markov.


The first performance of Moscow. Praying for a Cup – a play by Lev Timofeyev, the famous Russian theorist and writer – took place on 12 February 1992 at the Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum in St. Petersburg. It was acclaimed the best performance in the St. Petersburg theatrical season of 1991-1992 and won the St. Petersburg Theatre Critics award for detailed research into the spiritual life of Man. In 1993 the performance won the Grand Prix of the Third St. Petersburg Fringe Theatre Festival. Moscow. Praying for a Cup participated in various international theatre festivals in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, and Germany and was staged in sixteen Russian cities.


The premiere of Brothers Karamazov – a staging of Book 5 Pro e Contra of Dostoyevsky’s famous novel – took place on 23 February 1998 at the Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum in St. Petersburg. The work was performed by French actors who had attended Russkiye Notchi Theatre Art School, in a French translation undertaken for the performance.


The opening night of Poems took place on 27 December 1999, again at the Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum. The performance is made up of 35 poems – from widely read works such as A Feast During the Plague by Alexander Pushkin, poems by Marina Tsvetayeva, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Iosif Brodsky to the lesser known Prayer by Nikolai Gogol, poems by Vladimir Markov and Lev Timofeyev. On December 2001 at the St. Petersburg Multi-Regional Festival “Rozhdestvensky Parad” (Christmas Parade), held by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and The Theatrical Union of St. Petersburg, Poems was acclaimed the best performance and awarded a grant from the Committee of Culture of the St. Petersburg Administration. In May 2002 the performance was staged in London, Oxford and Cambridge as part of the Russian Nights. festival of Russian culture in the United Kingdom. Following the success of its UK tour, the BBC Russian Service broadcasted a performance of Poems to audiences worldwide.


The premiere of "Netochka Nesvanova" - a new adaptation of Dostoevsky`s masterpiece - took place on 3 August 2006 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Netochka Nezvanova had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006, where it got great reviews, incl. ✰✰✰✰✰ review from British Theatre Guide. Netochka is also a Winner of St.Petersburg Independent Theatre Festival “Rozhdestvensky Parade” 2006. It also received Diploma for Theatre of High Literature. Netochka participated in Last round of St.Petersburg International Monologues Festival 2007. The performance was staged at the New End Theatre (London) in Feb-March 2007 and Jun-February 2008.


In 1996 Russkiye Notchi Theatre opened its School of Theatre Art, where instruction takes the form of practical workshops devised according to the unique methodology of its teachers.


The Russkiye Notchi Theatre Art School holds practical study-seminars "Voice of great range and flexibility" (led by Valentina Beletskaya) and "Performance as a path to understanding texts" (led by Alexander Markov) in England, Estonia, Finland and Russia.


The students of Russkiye Notchi Theatre Art School Vocal class participated in the 27th International Music Festival in Wroclaw (Poland).


In 2004, Alexander Markov and Valentina Beletskaya were invited by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages of the University of Oxford to conduct the seminar “Anton Chekhov. The Problem of perception and performance”. It was held to mark the centenary of the writer's death in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Thereafter this seminar took place also at University Sorbonne (Paris) and in London, St.Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don for the teachers, directors, actors and students of theatre schools.


The premiere of "Two Chekhov Jokes" took place on 31 October 2010 at Korpiteattere (Finland).


The premiere of "Scarlet Flower" by Sergey Aksakov (adaptation of Aleksandr Markov) took place on 23 May 2011 at puppettheatre "Lepatriinu" (Estonia) and was staged at International Festivals in Vilandi and Tallinn (Estonia).



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