Nikolai Kolada in Teatr Studio

Nikolai Kolada

Nikolai Kolada

For ten days, from 7 – 17 November, Teatr Studio hosted the Kolada Festival, a celebration of the work and accomplishments of the well-known Russian theatre director. The project was divided into two main parts. In the first, Nikolai Kolada (sometimes written ‘Kolyada’) cooperated with the Teatr Studio troupe in producing “The Government Inspector”, a play based on the comedy by Nikolai Gogol. The second was a retrospection of plays under the direction of Kolada. Not only could the audience enjoy work by Kolada directed in Poland like “Natasha’s Dream” from the Teatr Stefana Jaracza in Łódź and “The Mascarade” from Teatr Juliusza Słowackiego in Kraków, but also productions previously staged in the Yekaterinburg theatre, such as “Boris Godunov”, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Hamlet” and Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”. Teatr Studio‘s crew presented the accomplishments that Kolada and his students have achieved within drama and dramaturgy. They arranged meetings with Kolada and organised readings of Ural playwright compositions adapted by Polish artists. Oleg Jagodin, the informal lead actor of the Yekaterinburg troupe, who portrayed the main characters in the above-mentioned shows, performed a concert at the festival. Additionally, the programme included acting master classes conducted by Kolada, as well as several film screenings. The whole project was supervised by Agnieszka Lubomira Piotrowska. Nikolai Kolada is one of Europe’s most interesting modern theatre directors, actors and playwrights. He is from Russia. He gained recognition producing plays like “Slingshot“ (popular even outside Europe) and “Merylin Mongoł”.

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