In 2011, the Europe Theatre Prize ceremony was organized for the first time in Russia, in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg became a theatre capital of Europe. Europe Theatre Prize may be compared by its significance with Olympic Games or Oscar Awards. It was recognized by the European Parliament and Council as the most prestigious European award for achievements in theatre sphere.The project was realized due to the initiative of the BALTIC HOUSE with a support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Governor and Government of St. Petersburg.
The award is aimed at development of theatre art, assistance to its popularization and propagation in Europe, extension of culture relations.
For twenty years when the prize is awarded only one Russian director, Lev Dodin, received it. In 2011, Yuri Lyubimov was awarded with the prize. His new performance was premiered in St. Petersburg. Andrey Moguchiy became a recipient of the Europe Prize New Theatrical Reality.
The program of the fourteenth edition was compiled such a way to present the best performances of St. Petersburg theatres.
The events in St. Petersburg were attended by European theatre companies from Slovakia, Great Britain, Russia, Finland, Iceland, and Portugal. St. Petersburg audiences could see performances of the winners – Peter Stein, Kristian Smeds, Katie Mitchell and other prominent directors.
More than three hundred leading theatre workers from Russia, Europe and the world, members of official delegations, representatives of European culture organizations became guests of honor at the Prize events. As journalists said “the world theatre gods had come to St. Petersburg”.
The Europe Theatre Prize ceremony in St. Petersburg was called “the most important event of the world culture” in the press.
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