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Artists of the Vakhtangov Theater: “The great highlight of the season is ours!”

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 10:59:19

Great theater. Photo: ITAR-TASS/ Alexey Filippov

This was the 22nd STD Russia Award ceremony. And the first under the new leadership of the Union of Theater Workers of the Russian Federation. Six months ago, at an extraordinary congress, Vladimir Mashkov was elected president (instead of Alexander Kalyagin). The second president of the STD (such a collision) was the conductor Valery Gergiev.

Since the prize is Moscow, it is awarded to the best Moscow premieres of the past season.

As always, there were five finalist performances. Each of them received a small crystal nail. The winners were: “The General and His Family” (Vakhtangov Theater), “Labardan-s” (Studio of Theater Arts), “Norma” (Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater), “Skomorokh Pamfalon” (Center for Drama and Address) and “Leopoldstadt” (RAMT).

Actors of the Vakhtangov Theater performing in the play “The General and His Family.” They received two Crystal Nails. Photo: Theater Telegram Channel.

Why has “The Highlight of the Season” always been famous? Informality. Previously, the ceremony was held in the genre of parody: the presenters wittily joked about theatrical “scandals, intrigues, investigations.” This time everything was different. Without the skit (they say they didn’t have time to prepare it, since the management of STDs changed recently). The ceremony was official. Vladimir Mashkov intervened. He said that he would like the “Highlights of the Season” award to “become desirable for Moscow theaters” (it was desirable). Moscow is a theatrical leader not only in Russia, but also in the world. And art balances the world.

Then Mashkov told (and showed as an actor) an anecdote about lighting matches in Nemirovich-Danchenko’s pocket. And as Kachalov asked Nemirovich-Danchenko: “Let me live happily.” The actor’s delight definitely carries over to the audience. During Mashkov’s welcome speech, the second president of the STD, the general director of the Bolshoi Theater, Valery Gergiev, came down to the Beethoven hall. He gave a long speech whose main idea was the following: Western politicians have blocked all paths to Russian art. And yet our art is in demand everywhere.

The main intrigue of the ceremony: who will receive the Great Crystal Nail. Personally, I bet on the Vakhtangovites: the play “The General and His Family”, a very good production directed by Svetlana Zemlyakova based on the novel by Timur Kibirov. With wonderful young actors. This performance has only one drawback: it is very (!) difficult to buy tickets.

But during the ceremony I no longer trusted my intuition as much… All the nominees are worthy. For example, the work “Leopoldstadt”. Taking into account the merits and gray hair of its director Alexei Vladimirovich Borodin. And when Borodin approached the microphone and said: “the play was written by our friend the British playwright Tom Stoppard, who loves our theater (RAMT), Moscow and Russia in general,” there was almost no doubt left. Furthermore, “Leopoldstadt” is the last work of Stanislav Benediktov, who was RAMT’s main artist for almost 40 years.

And “Norma” is also worthy… It was represented by the general director of “Stasik” Andrey Borisov and the opera diva Khibla Gerzmava. Oh, how she sings the title role of this Bellini opera with her beautiful voice. Well, how can we not give the main prize to his “Casta diva”?

Then the artistic director of the Directing and Drama Center Vladimir Pankov took the stage. He presented the play “Buffoon Pamphalon” in his favorite genre of sound drama. The performance lasts six and a half hours (!). But viewers say: it seems very easy…

I was left wondering who would win until the end of the ceremony. And yet, my instincts and intuition did not disappoint. The main prize went to “The General and His Family.” Which makes me sincerely happy. And this decision of the jury speaks of his impartiality.

And how happy the young artists of the Vakhtangov Theater were: “The great highlight of the season is ours!!! “We are very, very happy for the entire construction team!” The play stars Maxim Sevrinovsky, Maria Volkova, Polina Rafeeva, Semyon Arzumanov, Danila Gnido, Eyub Faradzhev, Olga Borovskaya, Lada Churovskaya, Polina Bondar, Pavel Yudin, Alexander Galochkin, Evgeniy Kravchenko. Congratulations!

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