For more than 15 years, Sberbank has been the general partner of the Russian National Theater Award and the Golden Mask Festival. In 2017, Sberbank initiated the project "Speak to theatre". WONDERLOFT became a creative and organizational partner of the project.
"Speak to theatre" is a series of five public discussions involving leading cultural and art figures on topical issues in order to tell the modern spectator about the modern theatre, the issues it faces and the solutions.
The launch of the project and the first discussion"Is there life beyond the Moscow Ring Road?" were held at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater and were dedicated to the opera "La Traviata" by Robert Wilson. Theodore Curentis, Robert Wilson who was broadcast from Oslo, Maria Revyakina, Kama Ginkas, Marina Davydova, Alena Doletskaya and Ksenia Sobchak took part in the discussion.
At the next discussion "Opera is (not) for everyone" Vladimir Urin, Vasily Barkhatov, Dmitry Kurlyandsky, Tatyana Chernigovskaya and Petr Pospelov discussed the accessibility of the opera to the modern spectator, the versatility and variety of musical material which can range from experimental performances of contemporary composers to classical pieces which are familiar even to children.
A heated dispute arose at the discussion "New Theater - New Time" between its participants: Maxim Didenko, Valery Pechejkin, Julia Peresild, Galya Solodovnikova, Yuri Kvyatkovsky and Yuri Muravitsky. The moderator of the discussion, Elena Kovalskaya, tried to find the hero of the modern theater, because supposing every era has its own Hamlet, then who is he and what does he talk about with the audience today?
The meeting with the creators of the performance "The Thunderstorm" Andrei Moguchy, Alexander Manotskov and Vera Martynov took place immediately after the festival show of the performance at the Maly Theater which had been reopened after the renovation works. "The Thunderstorm" by Andrei Moguchy is not only an innovative interpretation of the classical work, but also an appeal to a new spectator. Within the framework of the discussion, the presentation of "Art Aloud", the application with the audio description designed by Sberbank for people with visual impairments, took place.
The final project of the series was a creative meeting with the legendary director Lev Dodin, which took place after the play "Hamlet". During the meeting Lev Abramovich talked about his performance, shared his point of view on the modern theater, gave useful instructions to students of drama colleges.
During the three months of the project, the WONDERLOFT team managed to organize five amazing and distinct meetings involving iconic people who make the theater the way we know it today.