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ASHGABAT, Oct. 7—Actress and director Olga Volkova staged a production of the play Abundance that included actors from a private theatre company and recent graduates of the Russian Dramatic Theatre in Turkmenistan. Private theatre is emerging as a significant element in contemporary Turkmen culture.
The idea of private theatre was brought to life by a creative team that Igor Annaklychev started. “I was lucky in 2005 to find myself in a laboratory of young directors, a project of Mark Weil, the talented director and artistic leader of the Ilkhom theatre,” he said.
The opening of a private theatre was as a result of creative comprehension. “It is at the beginning of a journey where everything is important – the actor's composition, the repertoire, the direction and relationships with authorities," he said.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that his was the first business experiment in the theatrical sphere. At the beginning of this year “ArtIst” staged its first plays, Tomorrow Was War based on the story by V. Vasiliyev, and I Do Not Want to Be a Dog, a fairy-tale by S. Belov and S. Kuvayev.
Their first production introduced the creative group to the country, drawing good reviews and strong public support. The company then produced their new work, Fun for Laughter, and rehearsals are now underway for The Big Tea-Party, based on the fairy tales of Chukovskiy.
In English “ArtIst” means “art of the East.” While the company does not have its own stage, its creative concept is expressed in this very name—in the East, theatre takes place wherever there is an audience.