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16th March 2013

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17 March 2013 19:00-20:40 Lillian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London Part of Maslenitsa Festival 2013 
Written/Directed: Svetlana Zemlyakova  Cast: Marina Vorozhischeva, Ksenia Orlova, Irina Latushko, Nadezhda Lumpova, Elena Makhova, Inna  Sukhoretskaya, Alexander Kascheev  
The final event of the Festival of Russian Culture in London will be the premiere of Babushki (‘Grannies’) by Moscow’s Praktika Theatre on 17 March 2013 at 19:00.  
The performance is based on the book Russian Villages in the Stories of Residents edited by L Kasatkin. Therefore, what we can expect from Babushki is a mosaic of stories told by residents of 20th-century Siberian villages, filled with folk traditions, rituals and songs. Although the world that emerges from the performance is very distant, almost exotic in comparison to the reality of today’s metropolises, it is very familiar and close to our hearts.  
In the performance we look at life and the way it goes by from the perspective of old women, ones who can appreciate the value of life, knowing how quickly it passes. However, their roles are played by young actresses, graduates of Oleg Kydryashov’s workshop. This combination makes it possible to show on stage how young women and grannies are one and the same, how quickly fleeting time does its work, and everything transforms and merges, like a closed circle. In the creation process the troupe has used audio and video materials collected by researchers of the VV Vinogradov Russian Language Institute.                          
Notes for Editors: 
Name:     Babushki by Praktika Theatre Organiser:    Ensemble Productions Date:     17 March 2013 Location:    Lillian Baylis Studios, Sadler’s Wells Theatre   Hours:     19:00–20:40  Cost:     £10–£20 Maslenitsa Week:    11 March 2013–17 March 2013  Official Charity Partner:   Naked Heart Foundation  Event Partners:  Mayor of London, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Embassy of the Russian Federation in London, Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo, Russky Mir Foundation, Polymetal International, ICT Group, O1 Properties, Lycamobile Eduard Boyakov As the Artistic Director of Praktika Theatre, Eduard Boyakov is a theatre and movie producer and theatre director. He is the Founder of the Golden Mask Performing Arts Festival, which annually presents the nation’s best drama, opera, ballet and puppetry productions as well as Founder of the Easter music festival presenting major Russian and international classical music productions. Boyakov has produced and directed over 20 large-scale productions in collaboration with the Bolshoi theatre, Moscow Art Theatre, Holland Festival, Metropolitan Opera. He has initiated several publishing projects, including New Drama series (plays of Mark Ravenhill, Patric Marber, Sarah Kane, Werner Schwab; best-known contemporary Russian playwrights), and of the only book analysing the last 15 years of Russian theatre – The End of a Theatre Époque by Marina Davydova, a leading Russian theatre critic, organizer of the New European Theatre (NET) Festival. Boyakov is currently the Founder and Artistic Director of the Texture Film and Theatre Festival, Big Break Theatre Festival for Children and Artistic Director of Polytheatre.  
Praktika Theatre  Praktika Theatre is a small venue and company focused on new drama and located in the downtown of Moscow. Opened in 2005, it was conceived by Eduard Boyakov as a theatre in search of contemporary topics and stories, of the present-day language, a new style and a new generation of playwrights and directors. Today it is one of the only theatres which sharply addresses political and social issues and is supported by distinguished directors from Russia and Europe. As its name suggests, Praktika theatre offers various practical workshops: yoga seminars, psychology and dance workshops. There is also a cinema club which introduces Moscow to recent international film releases.                   
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