Eduard Boyakov decided to create a modern Russian national theater to answer questions from the public

Eduard Boyakov.

Eduard Boyakov.

A photo: Boris KUDRYAVOV

About it Eduard Boyakov said in his Telegram channel:

“This will be a theater that will continue the work of the Praktika Theater (as I created it), the work of the Polytheater, our Moscow Art Theater premieres (primarily Lavra), our theater projects at the festivals Tradition, New Drama, ” Texture” and others “…

The fact that Boyakov was going to build a new theater became known six months ago. For quite a long time, the intrigue remained, where, what and when will appear. And most importantly, “how will we surprise” the jaded Moscow audience?

There are theaters without measure in the capital: dramatic, musical, children’s, puppet, immersive … About 200, or even more. And here’s another new one, why?

– There are a huge number of various theater groups – both public and private, – Eduard Boyakov agreed. They can be divided into three broad categories. Firstly, these are those that have been preserved from Soviet times. They still have the old buildings, they have artistic directors, people’s artists. The second category is modern theaters focused on the postmodern agenda, on a fashionable audience, on a young urban environment. They have their own brand, their recognizable repertoire. The Praktika Theatre, the Theater on Bronnaya, directed by Konstantin Bogomolov… There is a third category – purely commercial projects, entreprise. Our theater will occupy a special niche of the modern Russian national theater.

– Please explain what this means in terms of repertoire policy?

– Let’s take at least the repertoire that we created at the Gorky Moscow Art Theater (Eduard Boyakov was its artistic director for three years – Ed.). Performances “Laurel”, “Forest”, “Red Mozart”, “Nuremberg Waltz”, “The Prime Minister Has Few Friends”, “Pink Dress” … These are popular performances. The audience sat down, as they say. Because viewers need a spiritual, aesthetic experience that neither cinema nor leisure entertainment provides at all. People still want to get an answer to the question: why do we live, what do we have in this world … What is a spiritual feat, true religious consciousness, Russian cultural code. Finding answers to these questions is our niche. I believe in theater, in its unique ability to transform a person, give him a spiritual impulse, I believe in catharsis.

– What are your creative plans?

– Actually, the plans that I was going to implement at the Moscow Art Theater, but for well-known reasons did not work out (on November 1, 2021, Boyakov left the Gorky Moscow Art Theater – Ed.), did not disappear anywhere. There will be a performance by Mikhail Shemyakin “The Sandman” based on Hoffmann. Leonid Arkadyevich Yakubovich will participate in “The Miser” by Molière. He wrote wonderful interludes for this performance. Solomon Volkov cooperates with us. The play “Chlorophilia” based on the novel by Andrey Rubanov will definitely be released. Composing a new story with Prilepin. I hope there will be a production by Andrey Konchalovsky… There are many plans. Details about the repertoire and premieres will be announced soon.

– Who is on your team?

– Many of those with whom I have already worked …

In more detail about the team that Boyakov would like to assemble, he told in his Telegram channel.

“If you have seen the performances (or at least heard about them) that I staged on modern poetry (there must have been fifty of them), on modern dramaturgy (in Praktika, the Polytheatre, the Moscow Art Theater and other theaters), if you know about the performances, which I have produced (productions by Evgeny Grishkovets, Klim, Dmitry Chernyakov, Ruslan Malikov, Viktor Ryzhkov, Vladimir Ageev, etc.), if you have heard about the project “Man.doc”, my collaboration with Gergiev, Vladimir Martynov, then you can imagine the aesthetic line of my new theatre: a combination of searching and serving Tradition, today’s authors and classics, educational technologies and multi-genre. Dozens of now famous playwrights, directors, artists and artists made their debut in my theater, I will not list the big names. Many masters and patriarchs worked in my theater, many of them said that this was an important experience. It turns out that most of my life, more than thirty years, I serve the theater. And of course I intend to continue this service.

My beliefs and principles are also known. I speak quite a lot about today’s cultural policy and the situation in Ukraine, I travel and will travel to the Donbass, I am convinced of the fruitfulness and relevance of the ideas of Traditionalism, I am convinced that Orthodox culture can be modern, lively, addressed to both youth and older generations . Faith, Motherland, family, teachers, friendship are sacred concepts for me. But each era should give its own image of these concepts, its own style. If my new project is of interest to you not only as an audience, if you feel strong and ambitious, let’s think about cooperation.

There are many vacancies and they are different. If we talk about creative professions, the spectrum is really as wide as possible – from directors to musicians, from circus artists to digital artists, from artists to choreographers. There are vacancies in the administrative and production field “…

More recently, Eduard Boyakov said that his new theater will have a repertoire, artistic policy, its own style, principles, ideology, manifesto, but there will be no stationary stage. It is more convenient to implement repertoire tasks on different stages.

Today, the address of the future theater seems to have appeared. This is the Saltykov-Chertkov mansion on Myasnitskaya. Luxurious 18th-century manor in blue Rococo style with rich stucco, pilasters, sculpture. Among Moscow mansions, this one is one of the most beautiful. According to legend, Napoleon spent two nights here during the occupation of Moscow in the fall of 1812. In the 19th century, the Saltykov-Chertkov estate became one of the main cultural centers of the ancient capital; Pushkin, Gogol, Zhukovsky, Mikhail Shchepkin and other artists came here. I would like to believe that today’s theatrical audience will come here for a spiritual impulse.

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