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Duration: 2 hours with one intermission
  • 08 oct 2020, 20:30
Stanislavsky Electrotheatre
Moscow, Russia

Golden Mask Festival
Video screenings of the best Russian performances

Opera series

Opera series are based on the novel of the same name by Boris Yukhananov about the fantastic Sverlia — a country that exists parallel to our reality and simultaneously in the past, present and future. The main symbol of this civilization is the drill. There are some pathways that connect Sverlia and the Earth: for example, one of the portals to a fantastic reality is Venice, the second one is Saint Petersburg.

The second episode is the ending of the opera's overture. We find ourselves on the second deck of the gondola, where, among solemn rites, the story of the Last Sverlian begins. He lives in oblivion, cut off from Sverlia, and suddenly wakes up at breakfast time in his Moscow kitchen in order to remember everything and return to his Sverlian homeland.

The opera series Sverliytsy was nominated in nine categories of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award and Festival in the 2014–2015 season. Anastasia Nefedova, the chief set designer of the Electrotheatre, received the Golden Mask Award in the category “Best Costume Designer in Musical Theatre” for the costumes in the opera.

Soloists: vocal ensemble N'Caged headed by Arina Zvereva
Hidden choir: Questa Musica Ensemble headed by Maria Grilikhes
Orchestra: Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble directed by Victoria Korshunova

Director Boris Yukhananov
Composer Boris Filanovsky
Conductor Philipp Chizhevsky
Production Designer Stepan Lukyanov
Costume Designer Anastasia Nefedova
Lighting Designer Evgeny Vinogradov
Choreographer Andrey Kuznetsov-Vecheslov
Artistic Director of the N'Caged Ensemble Arina Zvereva
Artistic Director of the Questa Musica Ensemble Maria Grilikhes
Makeup Artist Ksenia Gorcheva
Translation into English John Friedman
Director Assistant Alexandra Taran
Computer Graphics Ilya Starilov


Cast Daria Kolpikova, Sergey Malinin, Andrey Kaplanov, Lina Langner, Pavel Kravets, Questa Musica Ensemble, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble

In Russian language without subtitles
The performance is shown on screen

Stanislavsky Electrotheatre

Centre for contemporary theatre art and a unique author's concept, embodied under the guidance of the director the theorist Boris Yukhananov. The large-scale reconstruction of the theatre building, reorganization, technical re-equipment, transformation of the troupe and a complete change of the repertoire took a year and a half. Since 2015, the Electrotheatre has existed as a centre uniting the repertory theatre and a modern cultural platform, where outstanding masters of the world scene work, where a synthesis of the creative search of young directors, composers, artists and choreographers with a classical theatrical tradition takes place.

Boris Yukhananov
Boris Yukhananov

Russian theatre, film and television director, producer, actor, tutor, writer and artist. In 1986, he graduated from the directing course of GITIS. The founder of the “Teatr Teatr”, the first independent theatre group in the USSR (1985). A key figure in the artistic underground of the mid-1980s and one of the founders of the Parallel Cinema movement, created in opposition to the official Soviet cinema. He staged over 40 performances in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Amsterdam, Vilnius and other cities. In 2013, he headed the former Moscow Stanislavsky Drama Theatre and transformed the new venue Stanislavsky Electrotheatre into one of the most interesting experimental stages in Moscow. Since its opening, there have been produced more than 45 performances staged by Russian and European directors.