Impossible in Russia -seminaari 13.11.2014

Teatterin tiedotuskeskuksen (TINFO) koordinoima Savotta-Zavod -hanke järjestää 13.11.2014 yhteistyössä kansainvälisen Baltic Circle -festivaalin kanssa Impossible in Russia -seminaarin, jossa Venäjän ja Ukrainan nykytilaa katsotaan taiteilijasilmin.

Impossible in Russia -tapahtumassa moskovalainen teatterikriitikko Christine Matvinenko puhuu Venäjän nykyteatterista ja sensuurista. Pietarilainen, toimittajien, kirjailijoiden ja näyttelijän perustama dokumenttiteatteriryhmä demoaa tekeillä olevan esityksensä, joka kertoo Irina Linnikistä – rockmusiikin ja vaihtoehtokulttuurin voimanaisesta, josta on tullut yksilönvapauden symboli Venäjällä. Keskusteluseminaarissa nähdään myös venäläisen Natalia Babintsevan dokumenttielokuvan työversio Ukrainan Maidan-vallakumouksesta.

Tilaisuus on torstaina 13.11.2014 klo 14-17, Diana-näyttämö, Erottajankatu 7 B, Helsinki. Seminaari on englannin- ja venäjänkielinen. Katso seminaarin ohjelma alla englanniksi.

Teatterin tiedotuskeskuksen (TINFO) Savotta-Zavod -hanketta on tukenut Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö.


TINFO / kansainvälisten asioiden päällikkö Jukka Hyde Hytti, jukka.hytti(a)tinfo.fi


BALTIC CIRCLE festival in co-operation with TINFO – Theatre Info Finland

Impossible in Russia
Thu 13 of November 2014
14.00–17.00 at Diana Stage, Erottajankatu 7 (inner yard) – free entrance

Round table discussion

We invited some of our Russian colleagues to present the projects they are working on at the moment. Projects that would be difficult, impossible or even illegal to produce in Russia right now, due either to the recent laws forbidding “propaganda of homosexuality” or just the general unwillingness of the authorities to hear critique from stage. We are looking for practical solutions; during these difficult times, how can international art community show solidarity with our Russian colleagues? Baltic Circle and TINFO – Theatre Info Finland invite art professionals, funders, journalists, students and everybody interested to join the discussion.



Christine Matvienko: Contemporary theatre in Russia today: under the censorship or space for dialogue?

There are a lot of up-to-date projects combined both social issues and searches of new theatre language during 2000th in Russia. Since we involved in the situation of the New Cultural Policy (and strategy) contemporary art and theatre in particular is forced with the necessity of changing their priorities. Are we able to save artistic diversity or not?

Christine Matvienko (born in 1974, lives in Moscow) is a theatre critic, researcher, and artistic director for “Novaja Pjesa” (New Play) in the framework of The Golden Mask Theatre festival (Moscow). She graduated from the Journalism department of St. Petersburg State University and the Theatre Research department of St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.
Matvienko writes critical reviews for Russian newspapers and magazines (mostly about New Drama and Documentary Theatre but also about productions). She manages and takes part in playwriting and documentary theatre workshops (the festival for young playwrights Liubimovka; regional projects in co-production with state or independent theatres in Russian cities). She works for The Golden Mask festival (as the curator for Russian Case in 2013, 2014; as an expert for the Main Competition; as curator for the Russian-Slovak exchange programme in 2016).


"Irina Linnik – the Witch of Russian Rock" documentary theatre project  in progress, presented by playwright Andrey Sovlachkov, actress Olga Belinskaya and producer Alina  Shklarskaya.

The work in progress is a documentary performance about one of the key figures in the history of Russian rock and alternative culture of 80-90s – Irina Linnik. In today's Russia, Linnik, who considers both State and Church mechanisms of oppression, becomes a symbol of uncompromising personal freedom.

Sovlachkov Andrey
Playwright, journalist, TV screenwriter
Born in Saint-Petersburg
Graduated from SPb State University (Department of Journalism). Reporter for “Snob” and columnist  for “Yuppie” magazine. Author of three-part documentary film about contemporary art “Stories of Chaos City” (“Kultura” TV channel) Scriptwriter of ten-part documentary about history of Saint-Petersburg “Petersburg: Time and Place” (“Kultura” TV channel) Scriptwriter of documentary TV  project “Letters from Province”. Andrey created more than forty TV movies about people who live in modern Russia.
Author of documentary theatre play “Antibodies”(Baltiysky Dom Theatre, Saint-Petersburg) which got Golden Mask Award and St. Petersburg's Highest Theatre Prize Golden Sofit.

Olga Belinskaya
Graduated from Kogorodsky Z. class. Olga collaborates with Saint-Petersburg theatres such as Bolshoj Dramatichesky Thetare (BDT) and State Alexandrinsky Theatre.
List of roles: Young Anna Akhmatova (The Singing Hosts under A. Akhmatova poems), Dunyasha (The Cherry Orchard by A. P. Chekhov), Arkadina (The Seagull by A.P. Chekchov), Killer’s Mother (Antibodies by A. Sovlachkov) - two Golden Mask Awards , St. Petersburg's Highest Theatre Prize Golden Sofit , White Vezha Award (best actress), Nora (Doll's House by G. Ibsen) - nominee Golden Mask Award.

Alina Shklarskaya
Playwright, journalist
Born in Saint-Petersburg
Studied Journalism in SPb and History of Art in London
Worked in cinema company and opera theatre as a producer.
Alina is now MA student in New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre course (Dramaturgy) and participates as a playwright for documentary performances in SPb and Moscow.


Revolution Museum
Documentary film, 52 min
Working version of the film will be presented by director Natalia Babintseva and producer Anatoliy Golubovskiy

Catapults, shields and armor, painted batons – right after the Maidan revolution in Kiev these simple items that were made by artists and members of Samooborona (Self-defense forces) migrated to art exhibits and museums. The blitz museefication of the revolution and the media images it was separated into is another theme of our film. The physical space of the Maidan itself – Kiev's Independence square – during the months of the revolution turned into a total installation, a very complex and whimsically structured living organism.

In the documentary artists, curators,  museum workers, and Maidan activists speculate on what it feels like to live after the main event of your life is in the past, how to deal with trauma and preserve memories.

Nataliya Babintseva. Documentary director and journalist. In 2005 Natalia graduated from Russian State University of Cinematography named after S.Gerasimov (VGIK) and in cooperation with the course mates founded KinoKi film studio. Her debut was the film "Greenhorn" about the life of teenagers from the small Tatar village, who were interested in esoteric theories and imagined themselves to be fantasy heroes. Natalia is the author of the first Russian TV film about Leni Riefenstahl. Together with German and French producers she made the film "Utopia Coordinates" about Russian myths of North Pole. "Revolution Museum" is her third full-length project.

Dr. Anatoly B. Golubovskiy, sociologist, museum consultant, TV and Radio Producer, Chief Editor at the State Kultura Radio, Kino FM Radio, STREAM Television Company. Producer of the documentary series and projects: The Secret Art History (12 episodes, Channel 1), The Island and the Treasure. The Berlin Museum Island Reconstruction Project (documentary, State Kultura Channel, in cooperation with the Moscow Goethe-Institute), and others.

The round table discussion “Impossible in Russia” is part of the Finnish–Russian Savotta–Zavod theatre project in co-operation with TINFO – Theatre Info Finland. The project is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.