International Festival-School TERRITORY was established in 2006 with support from Ministry of Culture and City Government of Moscow. The program of this vibrant multicultural festival consists of uniquely experimental contemporary performance pieces, and similarly adjacent genres.
The Art-Direction of ‘Territoria’ consists of active participants in the theatre process and conductors of innovative cultural programmes:
Theatre and film Actor, Artistic Director of Theatre of Nations, a member of the Council for Culture and Arts under the President of the Russian Federation; co-founder of ‘Territoria’ Festival.
Theatre and film Director, Artistic Director of ‘Gogol Centre’, founder of the ‘Platforma’ project, professor at School-Studio of Moscow Art Theatre; co-founder of ‘Territoria’ Festival.
Theatre critic, Artistic-Director of ‘NET’ Festival; co-founder of ‘Territoria’ Festival
Professor at School-Studio of Moscow Art Theatre, Director; co-founder of ‘Territoria’ Festival
Conductor, Artistic Director of Perm State Opera and Ballet
Theatre and film Actress, and co-founder of “Gift of Life” Charity Foundation
Executive Director of MMOMA
The idea for the festival was born in 2005, when the Presidential Council of Russian Federation launched the ‘Action to support theatrical initiatives’ program. The founders decided to expand the boundaries of premiums and formulated the idea of a fundamentally new concept for an educational cultural festival.
Thus in 2006, an international festival-school ‘Territoria’ was initiated. The Organizing Committee and the Art Directorate of which includes: Evgeny Mironov (Chairman of the Organizing Committee), Roman Dolzhansky, Teodor Currentzis, Kirill Serebrennikov, Andrey Urayev Chulpan Khamatova and Vasiliy Tsereteli.
The organizers of the festival offered a completely different method of involving Russian youth theatre in an international cultural context: by meeting and interacting with current events and significant trends in the world of theatre and the performing arts. Year after year, the main audience and participants of the festival are the students of theatre and art schools of Russia and CIS countries.
The students come to ‘Territoria’ to see the most innovative theatrical performances and hear pioneering musical compositions, to participate in master classes with leading figures of the world of culture, and to communicate with each other and with members of the artistic directors of the festival.“Our festival is designed to be a TERRITORY of individual freedom in the first place. It’s well known though that the freedom is inseparable from responsibility. Courage is good only if it leads the way of true professionals. Therefore, TERRITORY is a Festival and School for non-indifferent and curious people who are ready for creative discoveries and surprising experiences. This is the TERRITORY of communication and dialogue between artists of different generations, who consider art to be the process of identification of new languages, forms, themes and meanings rather than a space of museum tranquility.”