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Rain outside the walls of “Ilkhom”

Written by on Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Culture and History, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent “Ilkhom” theater has opened on 13 April the unique project – Laboratory of young directors of Central Asia. It is attended by directors from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Goal of the Laboratory – to render assistance in the implementation of creative projects by young directors, which only starting their way in the profession. This year’s program is based on the practical involvement in the Laboratory during the staging of play, but also there will be a series of workshops and master classes with leading CIS theater experts.

Main Tutor of the Laboratory is the famous Russian director Vladimir Pankov (studio SounDrama, Moscow). Vladimir is well known in Tashkent. In 2010, he staged the brilliant performance “Seven Moons” by the poem “Seven Planets” of great poet Alisher Navoi in the “Ilkhom” theater. Also Victor Ryzhakov, artistic director of the Moscow Theatre and Cultural Center named after Meyerhold, Mikhail Ugarov – Russian playwright, director and screenwriter and Helena Kowalska – art director of the Festival of Contemporary Drama “Lyubimovka” will be tutors of the Laboratory.

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Vladimir Pankov

Laboratory of the young directors supported by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and the Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands).

The central event of the Laboratory will be staging of the play “Rain outside the wall” on the play by Yuriy Clavdiev. The play, which will be directed by Vladimir Pankov, will involve young directors, which in practice will take part in the birth of a new piece of art. As “creative base” of the performance, which will premiere May 21 and 22 at the theater “Ilkhom”, there are involved theater actors, the ensemble “Omnibus” and members of the rock group “All Tomorrow’s Parites”.

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Laboratory works on “Rain outside the wall” staging

“Rain over the wall” – it’s the modern drama from the Russian playwright. Rehearsals unfold against the background of other drama, that is also associated with rain, but this drama is modern and Uzbek. Roof of “Ilkhom” theater over the years has fallen into disrepair, and almost can’t help against spring rains. The dressing rooms and other rooms are flooded. Laboratory works under the wet ceiling and near the damp walls. For major roof repair the theater needs 20,000,000 sum (about $ 7000). “Ilkhom”, only non-government theater in the country (and the oldest independent theater in the CIS) has no such funds. Theater has no support from patrons and sponsors.

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Lessons under the wet roof

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Roof in dressing rooms

“Ilkhom” asked for help from its viewers and indifferent people. Theater launched the campaign to raise the necessary funds on it’s website and in Facebook. Special “cube” for donations is standing in the lobby of the theater. Active Tashkent people have organized the special events to raise funds – workshops, exhibitions, and even a chess tournament!

But it’s still too far from required amount….

All photos by “Ilkhom” theater

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