The British Council in partnership with the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation invited applicants for the grants to attend the Edinburgh Showcase, 21-26 August 2017, – a special biennial platform of the British Council which takes place during the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Edinburgh Showcase presented the cutting edge of UK contemporary theatre performances.
The main purposes of the platform are establishing international professional contacts, cultural exchange and development of performing arts. The Showcase programme comprised performances of many genres including visual and physical theatre, interactive and immersive theatre, new drama, as well as live art, installations and dances.
This year was marked with several anniversaries: the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival and the 20th anniversary of the British Council Showcase. Therefore their programmes were bound to be rich and interesting.
Apart from performances, the Showcase programme included additional events such as networking breakfasts, Q&A sessions with British companies, opening and closing receptions.
Members of the Russian delegation:
- Maria Revyakina
- Roman Dolzhanskiy
- Alena Yankelevich
- Elizaveta Rozova
- Olga Pautova
- Svetlana Lavretsova
- Inna Yarkova
- Aliia Ivanova
- Eka Vashakidze
- Pavel Ushakov
- Artem Arsenian
- Anastasia Patlay
- Daniil Pikturnyi
- Irina Antonova
- Nadezhda Morozova
Roman Dolzhanskiy - Deputy Artistic Director at the Theatre of Nations, Artistic Director of Territoria Festival and NET Festival:
"Surely, getting acquainted with the proposed program turned out to be very useful, as always, there are not so many masterpieces everywhere in the world, but such variety of genres and themes can be only found at the British theatre and Edinburg festivals"
Daniil Pikturnyi - Deputy Head of International Cooperation Office at the Alexandrinsky Theatre:
«For someone who works in theatre, Edinburgh is like Paris to a soviet person – to see it and die».
The delegation was part of the British Council’s Future Culture programme.