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A joint program by SIBUR and Territoriya Festival and School

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theatrical performances included in the long list of the Golden Mask Awards
The joint program of SIBUR and the Territoriya Festival and School has been running since 2016 spanning across several areas including contemporary theater laboratories led by prominent mentors, touring performances of the Poetry Territory project as well as guest performances featuring shows created as a result of theatrical laboratory experiments, and an educational program in Moscow.

Art Laboratories

Since 2018, the mission of the Art Labs has been to put on full-fledged productions that are then expected to become part of repertoires of the theaters involved in the project. The project’s aim is to help discover promising young actors and then teach them advanced performance techniques. These efforts will lead to the development of original productions that are going to spark audiences' interest in contemporary culture trends. Each art laboratory has been focusing on specific aspects of a contemporary theater: documentary, drama, immersive, movement, and dance. The work of the laboratories has been overseen by the likes of Dmitry Brusnikin, Vyacheslav Durnenkov, Maxim Didenko, Semyon Aleksandrovsky, Boris Pavlovich, Alex Dauer, Ruslan Malikov, Alexandr Andreashkin, Evgeny Kulagin, Ivan Estegneyev, Olesya Nevmerzhitskaya, Maria Litvinova, Vyacheslav Ignatov, and other well-known culture figures.

In 2021, the Art Lab project hosted in Voronezh presented its Storytelling Lab featuring stage director Savva Savelyev and actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite and Artem Ustinov's production of "The Book of Everything", the end product of the children's theater laboratory in Tomsk. The sixth season of the project was brought to a close with the Tobolsk premiere of "Hercules and the Augean Stables" produced on the basis of the concept of TRASHOW (the trash ballet), an environment-inspired genre developed by the director and artist Pyotr Norets .

The Poetry Territory

The project includes a series of musical and poetic performances featuring stars of Russia’s theatrical scene, cinema, and classical music. In 2018-2019 the project was successfully implemented in Tobolsk. It starred such actors and performers as Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Anatoly Bely, Daniil Strakhov, pianist Alexei Goribol, violinist Elena Revich, and others.

2020-2021 have seen the Poetry Territory expanding its geography beyond Tobolsk to extend to other cities where SIBUR has operations, including Kstovo, Omsk, Perm, and Tomsk. Audiences in these cities have been fortunate to enjoy performances featuring such celebrity actors as Anatoly Bely, Alexander Galibin, Alisa Grebenchshikova, and Dmitry Serdyuk.

Educational program

Every fall, Moscow has been hosting a workshop for Russian-speaking arts and culture professionals. It has featured leading theater performers, critics, curators, and artists from Russia and abroad. Attendees of the workshop from outlaying Russian regions are selected on a competitive basis. SIBUR has been acting as a partner of the workshop’s regional program.

An Inclusive Program

In 2015 and 2016, Moscow and Nizhnevartovsk hosted training sessions as part of the Inclusive Theater Laboratory led by British director and educator Alex Dower.

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