Co-organised in collaboration with the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation, our Caravan brought 27 international performing arts professionals to Yekaterinburg, a vibrant city often referred to as the "third capital" of Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) – vast, rapidly developing and rich in all kinds of resources, a city of cultural challenges and the country’s source of creative talents.
Situated in the Ural Mountains, Yekaterinburg is a cultural bridge between Asia and Europe. Traditions, artistic trends and initiatives "from the Urals" are famous and loved across the country: the Ural rock music and the Ural poetry, the Ural dramaturgy and the Ural science fiction, the Ural contemporary dance and the Ural non-conformism, the Ural school of animation. Nowadays, the most prominent contemporary art initiatives include the Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, the Stenografiya Festival of Street Art, and famous across Russia Kolyada-Theatre and Tatiana Baganova’s Provincial Dances Theatre.
During five intense yet inspiring days, we visited the city from every angle, met key players of the Yekaterinburg performing arts scene, attended performances presented by local companies and had the opportunity to exchange with them on the purpose of their work.
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