#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Norilsk Polar Drama Theater’s project to hold an ecological art laboratory became one of the six winners in the Pole of Revival category of the World of New Opportunities Nornickel’s charitable program competition.
The laboratory is scheduled for April this year. It will involve high school students from Norilsk general education and art schools, creative teams, as well as climate experts, journalists, artists, and stand-up artists.
Within the laboratory, classes for young artists and a school of Norilsk stand-up artists will be organized.
Installations, performances and stand-up shows on the environmental theme will be the preface to the play called Beautiful Distant staged by the chief director of the Norilsk drama Anna Babanova. Together with the director, novice set designers will work on its design. And some of the project participants will take the stage along with professional actors.
Norilsk Drama is known not only for its performances, but also for its successful project activities. In the last five years, the Garden Creation can be considered a landmark and the first eco-event in the theater history. In the five years since the appearance in the theatrical winter garden, many meetings and discussions of performances have taken place.
In the same 2017, Anna Babanova received financial support from the World of New Opportunities to conduct an educational game for high school students called Theater to the Touch. Its participants went on stage in the roles of Hamlet, Ophelia and other characters from the theatre’s repertoire. They got acquainted with the profession of a director, artist, make-up artist, costume designer and even a cultural journalist.
Many also remember the 2019 project Cool Drama, implemented with the help of the World of New Opportunities. In it, high school students acted first as playwrights, and then as actors in the plays they wrote. Virtually the entire troupe of Norilsk Zapolyarny theatre played together with the children in the performance-almanac.
Unlike the previous ones, the 2022 art laboratory was conceived to familiarize young men and women with modern ecoart genres.
Earlier we reported that a school of cultural journalism would appear at the Norilsk College of Arts this year.
Text: Valentina Vachayeva, Photo: Alexander Haritonov and Nikolay Shchipko