In August 1978, legendary Satire Theater toured in Norilsk

In August 1978, legendary Satire Theater toured in Norilsk

August 11, 2021

In their free time, famous guests were taken on excursions.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The renowned troupe of the Moscow Academic Theater of Satire, headed by the chief director Valentin Pluchek, was greeted both at the Nadezhda under construction and at the Arctic Sports Palace.

In the “Arctic”. Natalia Selezneva and Mikhail Derzhavin

In their free time, famous guests were taken on excursions to the First House of Norilsk, which had just opened as a branch of the museum, on the Zero Point, to the Valyok dispensary.

At the Arktika Sports Palace. The meeting is hosted by Alexander Shirvindt

A zoo corner was just opened on Valyok in June. In the photo, a famous actor Anatoly Papanov is carefully examining either the bear Mashka or the bear cub Mishka.

If Olga Aroseva, Boris Runge, Mikhail Derzhavin, Natalya Selezneva and many others were known to non-theatrical Norilsk people mainly from the television program ’13 chairs’, then the theater and film actor Anatoly Papanov starred in wonderful films: The Living and the Dead, The Diamond Arm, The Belorussky Station. According to eyewitnesses, the People’s Artist of the USSR enjoyed particular success with all audiences at once.

The artist called Norilsk the southernmost point in terms of human warmth and noted that there was a lot of sun, light, space in the city:

“There is time here to think about what you are doing. Maybe that is why the city is so surprising with its harmony, logic, non-banality. Everyone tries to do his job from the heart”.

Olga Aroseva noted that she especially felt the need for her profession:

“The love of the public here is not formal, not customary, but the most open, sincere”.

Having highly appreciated the children’s cafe From Two to Five, the actor said that in the atmosphere of Norilsk there was a sense of the future.

The audience’s excitement was also caused by the appearance in public of the brilliant Andrei Mironov, who even gave an interview to the local newspaper.

Alexander Shirvindt, meeting with the audience

Today, 43 years later, the actor, director, artistic director of the Moscow Academic Theater of Satire Alexander Shirvindt and People’s Artist of Russia Natalya Selezneva are still in the ranks.

Earlier in the photo project History spot we told that from 1946 to 1951 Innokenty Smoktunovsky lived and worked in Norilsk.

For other issues of our photo project about the history of the city and the combine, go to the History spot section.

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Text: Valentina Vachaeva, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

August 11, 2021

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