Sergei Bezrukov. Photo: German Zhigunov
From September 1, Sergei Bezrukov will start teaching at VGIK. He got the first two courses at once: in Moscow and at a branch in Rostov-on-Don, where 18 students will study with him, 12 of whom are from the LDNR. This is his help to the residents of Donbass.
– How was the idea of the Donbass course born?
“Honestly, it all happened by chance,” says Sergei Bezrukov. – I was thinking about how to help the region with my profession. And when I was taking a course at VGIK, I noticed how many talented guys and girls come from Donbass. This prompted them to make a separate course for themselves at the Rostov branch, especially since both the rector of VGIK Vladimir Sergeevich Malyshev and the ministries of education and culture immediately stepped forward and helped. We selected 12 gifted children who, I am sure, will contribute to the development of the culture of their native region in the future.
And a separate joy: all students in Moscow and Rostov will study for free. In Moscow, Sovcombank and VTB helped by paying for trading places, and the government of the Russian Federation allocated state quotas for LDNR guys. Thanks to this support, we were able to focus only on the talent of the applicants and not think about their financial capabilities.
Sergei Bezrukov is the artistic director of the Moscow Provincial Theater. Photo: German Zhigunov
– Sergei, teaching is a troublesome and expensive business. And you still run the theater in Moscow and play and act a lot yourself. How to do everything technically? And planes do not fly to Rostov now, only by train you can get to your students.
– However, I plan to regularly come to Rostov-on-Don, to conduct master classes and training sessions there. When air traffic is established, it will be even easier. But modern technologies also help: we have already established video communication, which will allow us to work with students remotely. During the pandemic, we all learned how to do it.
– Are the programs for your students from Rostov and Moscow different?
– No. Stage speech, stage movement, voice, dance are compulsory disciplines that wonderful university professors will deal with the kids. I managed to add something of myself: riding lessons. This ability makes it easy to work with horses on the set, which is often in demand. In Moscow, the boys will be trained at the Kremlin Riding School, for which many thanks to the President of the Equestrian Federation Marina Sechina, and in Rostov we hope to find a good riding school. I want my students to be the best.
I will be responsible for acting, and I plan to introduce the students of both courses to the method of Mikhail Chekhov, which I myself studied at the Moscow Art Theater School.
Sergei Bezrukov with his students. Photo: German Zhigunov
– Some of his fellow artists left the country after the start of the special operation. What do you think about that? And by the way, have you ever tried (we may not know) to make a career in the West? Or was there always enough work at home and no such ambitions?
– It is not my business to comment on the decision of the workshop comrades. This is a personal matter for each one. I always felt in my place and didn’t want to go anywhere. Yes, there were offers to work in the West. But there was so much work at home in Russia, and it was so interesting, that I always made a decision in favor of my country.
Another issue is international festivals and tours, the cultural bridges between countries cannot be burned.
– Disturbing news has already appeared that several theaters, including your Gubernsky, have encountered difficulties. Due to sanctions, there were problems with the supply of foreign lighting and sound equipment. Could this affect, for example, ticket prices?
– In fact, official deliveries of Western equipment used in theaters have been suspended or there are logistical difficulties.
Sergei Bezrukov at the meeting of the theater company. Photo: German Zhigunov
Our theater has already experienced it. We managed to partially upgrade the sound equipment. But not all. The box, the stage and part of the amphitheater continue to function on the old equipment, which is gradually failing. We will solve problems in different ways. But of course this will not affect either the repertoire or the pricing policy. The main “special effect” on the stage is, after all, the actor and his vivid emotions, which cannot be replaced by any technique.
– Has the shooting of a movie become less in the last six months, or is everything according to plan?
– I will not hide: there are many offers, I read scripts, I prepare for filming. The first will start at the end of August. Two other major projects for Internet platforms are under development. Unfortunately I can’t tell you in more detail yet, if all goes according to plan we will release in November and then in the spring.
– The European Union has included you and several other Russian artists who openly supported the special operation in the sanctions list. Did it affect your plans in any way?
– It is even very flattering to be in the company of Sergei Rachmaninov and Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, who were also tried to ban. But seriously, it was just another story on the news channel, nothing more.
My family loved spending the holidays in Russia, so I don’t see much of a problem. This year we rested in the country house and traveled around the Moscow region. My wife and I were at the Darovoye estate, where oak trees have been preserved, still reminiscent of little Fyodor Dostoevsky. We come to the excavations in the Zaraysk Kremlin. We came across the abandoned estate of the tsarist general Count Fyodor Keller in Sennitsy. It’s amazing how much we still don’t know about seemingly familiar places. In the summer, our theater had many tours: Siberia, the Caucasus, the Urals. Everywhere it was possible to take a walk or go to the museum.
Soon I will go with my eldest son, Stepan, to St. Petersburg. I’ll put on a play there. And then we will be delayed a couple of days: we will ride along the Neva, we will go to Kronstadt, I really want to show Styopa the aurora. I myself dreamed of running around the cruiser as a child, when my father took me on tour back to Leningrad, but it did not work out.
Every time our Provincial Theater brings a children’s play “Treasure Island” to St. Petersburg, I try to go there with the whole family and organize mini-holidays. By the way, you can look at Bezrukov in the image of John Silver just on tour in St. Petersburg. The kids just love it.
PLANS FOR THE SEASON:
Not long ago, the Moscow Provincial Theater announced plans for a new 10th anniversary season. The first performances of the Moscow State Theater will begin on the stage of the Russian Army Theater: on August 23-24 they will perform “Uncle Vanya” (director and lead actor Sergei Bezrukov), on August 25 – the musical performance ” Star without name” (director Alexander Sozonov). On the native stage, the season will open on September 15 with the play “Tío Vania.”
Actor in the role of Voinitsky in the performance of the Provincial Theater “Uncle Vanya”. Photo: Galina Fesenko
Four premieres are planned for the new season:
On October 20 and 21, Jazz Comedy (directed by Alla Reshetnikova) opens on the Big Stage.
November 24 and 25 on the Small Stage – “Marriage. Almost according to Gogol ”(director Yevgeny Gomonoy).
In March, on the small stage – “Forty-one” (directed by Ivan Pachin).
In April, on the Big Stage – “A dog in the manger” (directed by Alexander Koruchekov).
At the end of the season, Roman Feodori will begin to present a musical performance for family viewing “The Little Match Girl” by H.-H. Andersen, the premiere will open the eleventh season.
In the anniversary season, in addition to the premieres, MGT will dominate new formats and return to those that were suspended due to the pandemic:
– creative meetings of actors in the lobby (once in 1-2 months);
– literary salons;
– theater tours for adults and children;
From August 16 to 26 there will be a cycle of excursions for children “Get to know the Moscow Provincial Theater”,
September 24 – creative evening of Vera Shpak and Anton Sokolov (lobby),
November 9 – poetic evening “Ariadne’s thread” for the anniversary of Marina Tsvetaeva (foyer).
The Great Children’s Festival, organized by the Sergei Bezrukov Foundation together with the Provincial Theater, will be held for the fifth time this year, from September 29 to November 25. The festival will open on September 29 on the stage of the Moscow Provincial Theater with a performance of Peter Pan in Kensington Garden by the Yekaterinburg Youth Theater staged by Roman Feodori.
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