Veliky Novgorod will host the 17th International Theater Kingfestival from 21 to 25 April 2023. The festival will be held with the support of the Government of Novgorod region, the Administration of Veliky Novgorod, the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation, Russian Center ASSITEJ and Novgorod Theater for children and youth “Mali”.
The festival program this year includes 10 performances from 4 countries of the world. Russian participants are St. Petersburg Academic theatre named after Lensovet that will perform “Marshak-Marshak” directed by Maria Romanova, Saint Petersburg KUKFO theatre that will present “Waffle Heart” directed by Anna Victorova, Moscow Regional State Puppet Theatre will perform “Petrograd District’s Moiras” directed by Alexandra Lovyannikova, State Puppet Theatre of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk) will present two performances “The Orchard” directed by Alexander Yanushekevich and “Moidodyr” directed by Lyudmila Fedorova, St. Petersburg Theatre “Open Space” will perform “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Ruzanna Movsesyan, Novgorod Theater for children and youth “Mali” will present “Medea” directed by Nadezhda Alekseeva. Brest Puppet Theatre, the Honored Collective of the Republic of Belarus will show “Kholsomer/Horse Story” directed by Ruslan Kudashov.
The festival will continue introducing foreign performances by the means of online broadcasting. This year, a special place at the festival is taken by the Brazilian theater – Projeto Gompa from Portu-Alerge (Brazil) will open the festival with the play “Frankinh@ – A story in little pieces” based on the the horror classics by Mary Shelley. China National Theatre for Children from Beijing will finish the festival performances with the play “Sandpiper, Clam and Fish”, a vivid folk story inspired by pantomime and movement theatre. All online broadcasts of the performances will be free for the audience and will be held online at www.kingfestival.ru.
The Brazilian theater occupies a special place at the festival this year. In addition to the performance presentation, the festival and the Russian Center ASSITEJ open the exhibition “Theatrical Poster from Brazil”. Previous festivals have demonstrated the art of theatrical posters from France, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. This year, together with the National Center ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) Brazil, the festival will host a presentation of Brazilian artists at the exhibition “Theatrical Poster from Brazil”. More than 20 posters of theaters for children and youth and theater festivals from Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, São Paulo will show the spectrum of modern productions and projects of the Brazilian theater. The organizers note that such exhibitions allow you to see the visual range, the variety of art forms, the names of performances and a special artistic look at the theater for children of modern Brazil. The audience of festival performances will be able to see the exhibition for free in the foyer of Novgorod Theater “Mali”.
This year festival performances will be held on the stage of Novgorod Theatre for children and youth “Mali” and in the Novgorod Regional Philharmonic Hall, as well as online at www.kingfestival.ru.
The festival keeps developing the “Lecture Hall” special program, aimed at educational meetings and introducing modern theater to the young audience. This year the “Lecture Hall” program includes seven lectures held in different city locations. Lectures with theater critics (Elena Gorfunkel, Alexey Goncharenko, Anna Kazarina), festival producers (Arthur Ghukasyan, president of the “HIGH FEST” Festival, Armenia), theater journalists and writers (Katerina Antonova, the “Nedorosl” portal), the creators of performances Ruzanna Movsesyan and Alla Danishevskaya (St. Petersburg Theatre “Open Space” will present the book-theatre
“Romeo and Juliet”) are planned. The writer Nina Dashevskaya (author of the books “I’m Not Slow”, “Willie”, “Theo is a Theater Captain”) will hold a workshop on writing skills for children.
The festival events will be daily discussed online within the “Festival Talk” discussion club which will be live streamed on VK. Theater critics Yulia Kleiman, Natalya Efendieva, Elena Gorfunkel, Sergey Kozlov will talk about the trends of contemporary theater for young audience and share their impressions of what they saw at the festival. The theater students at Russian State Institute of Performing Arts will also take part in online discussions.
International Theater Kingfestival has been engaged in topical theater for a young audience since 1992 and is one of the most significant cultural events in Veliky Novgorod, one of the oldest festivals for children and youth in Russia. The festival is organized every two years by the Novgorod Theater for children and youth “Mali” and its artistic director Nadezhda Alekseeva.
When creating the program, Kingfestival strives to present the richness and diversity of forms of modern theater to the young audience, to show the best performances that educate humanism and humanity. The International Theater Kingfestival gathers drama productions and modern dance, puppet theater and object theater, visual theater from Russia, Europe and Asia.
We are happy to announce official video of fiuture 17 International Theatre Kingfestival, welcome to Velikiy Novgorod 21-25 April 2023!
Novgorod theatre “Mali” is happy to present to our theatre friends and colleagues next edition of 16th International Theater Kingfestival. The festival takes place in Veliky Novgorod October 8-12, 2021. Festival organized by Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation, Theatre Union of the Russian Federation, Administration of Velikiy Novgorod, Novgorod Theater for children and youth “Mali”, Russian center ASSITEJ.
In 2021, Festival will be in hybrid format because of the world pandemic situation. Russian theatres will perform shows at venues of Velikiy Novgorod. But we decide that online program of performances from abroad will be open and free for all public – and you could recommend it to your friends, schools, children, and families to visit our digital program.
How it works: link to festival show will be open from time in schedule till midnight, you could see the show at any time. For your comfortable work we send you a direct link. Most of the shows non-verbal (beside “The Princess and the Pea” in Russian but we hope that you know the story and “Frankenstein” in German with Russian subtitles).
8 October, Friday 12.00-00.00 online
Janni Young Production, South Africa
by Janny Young
«THE FIREBIRD» (12+) (visual theatre, contemporary dance, puppetry)
9 October, Saturday, 11.00-00.00 online
Latvian Puppets theatre, Riga, Latvia
Hans Christian Andersen, stage version by Vija Bluzma
“THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA” (4+) puppetry
9 October, Saturday, 16.00-00.00 online
Bielfeld City Theatre, Germany
Mary W. Shelley, dramaturgy Elisa Hempel
“FRANKESTEIN” (16+) on German with Russian subtitles
10 October, Sunday 10.00-00.00 online
Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia
Maria Tri Sulistyani & Lunang Pramusesa
“A BUCKET OF BEETLES” (4+) puppetry
With support INSTITUTE FRANCE
10 October, Sunday 17.00-00.00 online
Compagnie Arcosm, France
Thomas Guerry, Camille Rocailleux
“BOUNCE!” (7+) (contemporary dance, music)
11 October, Monday 11.00-00.00 online
China National Theatre for Children, Bejing
“THE THREE MONKS” (3+) (non verbal)
With support Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council
11 October, Monday 15.00-00.00 online
Cie Philippe Saire, Switzerland
«HOCUS POCUS» (7+) (contemporary dance, music)
«DAY OF CANADA» supported by Embassy of Canada
12 October, Tuesday 13.00-00.00 online
Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones
“OLD MAN AND THE RIVER”(3+) (puppetry)
«DAY OF CANADA» supported by Embassy of Canada
12 October, Tuesday 18.00-00.00 online
La Fille Du Laitier, Canada
Marie-Hélène Bélanger-Dumas & Jon Lachlan Stewart
“MACBETH MUET” (16+) (object theatre, pantomime)
Novgorod theatre “Mali” is announcing the call for performances for the 16th edition of International Theater Kingfestival. The festival will take place in Veliky Novgorod on October 8-12, 2021.
Novgorod theatre for children and youth “Mali” holds International Theatre Kingfestival since 1992 every two years. The festival has become one of the most remarkable and famous theatre festivals for young audience in Russia, showing up the best productions of Russian, European and Asian theatres for young audiences. The program of the festival is presented by performances of high quality and a variety of genres. Festival is supported by Administration of Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod Theater for children and youth “Mali”, Theatre Union of the Russian Federation, Russian center of ASSITEJ.
The program of the International Theatre Kingfestival presents drama, contemporary dance, puppet shows, and new circus. In 2021 due to the pandemic situation the Festival will be held in hybrid format. During the five festival days the audience will see Russian performances on venues and online streaming of performances from abroad, theatre exhibitions, project “Lyceum” with lectures of theatres researches, round table with programmers and directors of Russian and foreign theatre festivals. The festival mission is to develop contacts, exchange best practices, and to form new cultural ties and creative meetings in field of contemporary theatre for young audience.
If you would like apply your performance to Kingfestival, please, send the application and full video recording of the performance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for application 15 June 2021.