Krasnodar, 16 July – Yug Times. The long-awaited head director was at long last appointed for the Krasnodar Gorki Drama Theatre. The new creative leader is Konstantin Demidov, an actor, scriptwriter and theatre director that is known to have staged dozens of productions throughout the country.
“I got to study for theatre director at the age of eighteen. I studied in three universities, but the life circumstances made me start working as an actor and make commercials and different TV programs. But even before that, I worked as an audio engineer and DJ of live shows at a radio station in Ryazan,” Demidov recalls.
“Nearly everything I was thinking up was fulfilled - one way or another. I am thankful for it to Drama Theatre Director Irina Repina and regional Minister of Culture Viktoria Lapina. Now our main task is to worthily organise and hold the hundredth season of the Krasnodar Academic Drama Theatre, and to worthily close the Year of Theatre that was begun by a peculiar performance staged last December.
“It may seem strange, but I often catch myself thinking that I cannot fully concentrate on each particular performance, although all plays have their deadlines. So we enrol different actors for different performances. We will continue to invite artists who in our opinion are most interesting and deserving personalities.
“Every theatre director is an artist with his or her complicated inner world. One is a dictator by nature; another can come to an arrangement with the troupe; a third one is thinking of something else. But the main question is whether a dialogue with the spectators will appear or not. This is one of the main tasks of all theatre directors – to have their voice heard, understood and felt over.
“Our main audience is people taught to go to the theatre from their childhood by their parents, or those who were not scared by some wild, tasteless or vulgar performance during their first visit to the theatre. A significant part of the theatre-goers is elderly people – I think, because it is a good tradition for them, observed for many years. At the same time, I notice a lot of young people too. Theatre for me is good because the most important thing appears there when a spectator sees a live personage and a ‘dialogue of two worlds within one space’ begins. It’s like magic.
“Our repertoire is diverse. What it lacks is, I believe, some unified style of articulation and high-quality classical performances that are relevant for the contemporary audience, in particular, for young people over ten years of age. This is a problem of most contemporary theatres, I think.
“Another important issue is insufficient educational background of the theatre directors. For instance, at my university we never had such a subject as ‘Artistic Theatre Management’ or ‘Head Director in Theatre’s Staff List.’ “Apart from the repertoire and last season’s first nights, we are going to rehearse an ambitious performance after Mikhail Lermontov’s play, Masquerade, and three benefit performances to milestone birthdays of our key artists.”
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