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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Plans for one of the season's biggest events are firming up. The Third International Theater Olympics will join the Fourth Chekhov International Theater Festival to bring to Moscow in May and June a remarkable array of theater from around the world.

Perhaps the most exciting of the planned events — and they will involve such acclaimed artists as Robert Wilson, Tadashi Suzuki, Robert Sturua, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Peter Stein, Simon MacBurney and others — will unite an extraordinary group of artists from various disciplines. Details of this project, "The Polyphony of the World," were announced Monday at a press conference hosted by festival organizers, The International Confederation of Theater Associations.

"The Polyphony of the World," scheduled for mid-May, is the brainchild of composer Alexander Bakshi but will be a collaborative work created by Bakshi with director Kama Ginkas, designer Sergei Barkhin, violinist Gidon Kremer and an international cast of 60.

The work originates in the story of Orpheus, the mythological musician who was torn to pieces by an enraged crowd of Bacchantes whose attentions he spurned. Bakshi emphasizes that what interested him most in this myth was not the hero's journey to hell to save his beloved Eurydice, but rather the notion of the musician — the creator of beauty — in conflict with world around him. Moreover, he points out, he is interested in the unity that can be discovered in that conflict, if only an effort is made.

"I believe we must understand the equal significance of diverse voices from all cultures," Bakshi said. "They are all different and all equal."

"For me," he continued, "'The Polyphony of the World' is a myth about humankind that does not know how to exist further. We must come to the notion of universal polyphony or we will not survive. I believe it is important to give flesh to this idea in an artistic form. Because that which is expressed in art forms our consciousness."