Russian drama theaters of the capitals of Estonia and Kazakhstan start cooperation with an exhibition project

On Saturday, 2 March, at 17.30 in the foyer of the M.Gorky Russian Drama Theater  in Astana there will be an opening of the photo exhibition “Theatrical Moments”, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Russian Theater of Estonia, which was celebrated last year.

The exhibition tells about the inner life of the theater house, which is not limited to the time between the third bell for the performance and the final bow of the artists. The photographs provide a glimpse behind the scenes and show theater life as audiences never see it. The focus is on live, non-ceremonial shots of the interior space, usually hidden from prying eyes.

Over the course of several seasons, workers from different departments of the theater themselves photographed the things around them, details, moments that are part of their daily work and together form what the theater is for them. The photographs depict the everyday life of the theater with its joys and difficulties, as well as the people of the theater – sometimes happy, sometimes vulnerable and defenseless.

The exhibition demonstrates how many people are involved in the process of creating a performance, where every person is important and needed. These are the real secrets and hidden life of the theater. It’s a kaleidoscope of the crazy world we live in and what happens until the curtain opens. Ultimately, the exhibition gives an idea of what the theater is made of and what fills its building with meaning every minute.

A special artistic genre of photography – lomography – was used in the work on the exhibition. This technique does not involve sharp focus, photo manipulation or digital editing, but maintains the purity and spontaneity of the first look. The resulting images reflect an emotionally honest and sincere picture of theatrical life.

The opening of the exhibition marks the beginning of cooperation between Russian drama theaters in the capitals of the two countries. The project is supported by the Estonian Embassy in Astana. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Estonia to Kazakhstan, Mr. Toomas Tirs, will take part in the vernissage.

Additional Information:
Embassy of Estonia in Astana
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