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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Victory of the Avant-Garde

The National Youth Theater has announced plans to produce Alexei Kruchyonykh's famous Futurist opera, "Victory Over the Sun," directed by Alexander Ponomaryov. The work's two original 1913 performances were so hotly debated that even though it was only revived once for a handful of performances in 1920 (by Kazimir Malevich), it has remained a key symbol of the 20th-century Russian avant-garde. An Austrian revival played in Moscow three times in October 1993, but this will be the first Russian-staged version in 76 years.


Leonid Heifetz has set to work at the Mossoviet Theater rehearsing Alexei Kazantsev's new play, "Fleeing Pilgrims." The production, which will feature Vladimir Steklov in the lead, is expected to open sometime in December. ... At the Contemporary Play School, Tatyana Vasilyeva has replaced Lyubov Polishchuk in the role of the Puerto Rican Anita in "Antigone in New York." Vasilyeva, who has been drifting without a theater since leaving the Mayakovsky Theater several years ago, has become a permanent member of the Play School's troupe where she is also rehearsing the part of Dulcinea in a modern adaptation of "Don Quixote" directed by Iosif Raikhelgauz. ... Eve Friedman, the New York-based playwright who adapted Isaac Bashevic Singer's story, "Teibele's Demon," for the stage, was just in town to see the Chekhov Art Theater's production of the play. Also at the Art Theater, previews of V. Sergachyov's adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel, "Crime and Punishment," are currently underway. The premiere is expected at the end of the month.


Boris Lvov-Anokhin, the artistic director at the Novy Drama Theater, celebrated his 70th birthday last week with a bash at his theater. Several other celebrations will take place over the next seven weeks. A special, invitation-only show featuring primarily ballet stars will honor his significant contributions as a ballet critic at the Pushkin Theater on Monday. At the large hall of the Actors House on the Arbat on Nov. 25, the director's theater colleagues will salute his accomplishments of the past 40 years in the field of dramatic theater. A final fete will follow the premiere of his new production of Eugene Scribe's historical melodrama, "Margaret of Navarre," scheduled to open Dec. 10.