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    To create an organization that provides the audience of Calgary, Alberta and Canada an opportunity to see the unique traditions of Russian classic theatrical school shine in every production.


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Russian Theatre Calgary is a place where Russians can watch plays in their native language, where English-speaking audience is being introduced to Russian theatre, where theatre professionals can find a stage and be heard, and where people who are passionate about theatre can get their talents realized. 

We believe that Canadian modern arts have expanded thanks to the cultural diversity of people in Canada. For us preserving and cherishing the Russian classic theatrical school based on the teachings of Stanislavsky, Meierhold, Vakhtangov and others is a prerequisite of our existence as a theatre in Canada.

Theatre is a developing art. Here, in Calgary, we have a unique opportunity to not only preserve Russian traditions, and as a result making Canadian culture richer, but also to expand the creative field of Russian Theatre Calgary by using the ideas of a modern Canadian theatre.

First of all, we perform for the Russian-speaking people in Western Canada, people who want to preserve and develop their cultural traditions and who use the Russian language to keep their culture alive. We are not limiting ourselves by ethnic Russians, we are open to all nationalities and cultures that use Russian language for communication. Our audience are Russian speaking Canadians, and even people who want to learn Russian. Our task is to promote Russian theatrical culture, not Russian language.

Second, our goal is to introduce the Russian theatrical school, which is a part of the Russian culture, to people who don't speak the Russian language, but who love theatre. Therefore every production of Russian Theatre Calgary has an option for English-speaking people to enjoy our performances, whether it's a synchronized translation through headphones, or special performances in English.

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March 21, 2016


Russian Theatre Calgary in One Act Play Festival

On March 18th Russian theatre took part in Calgary One-Act Play festival for the third time. This year we decided to show Russian classics, and chose world reknowed playwright Anton Chekhov and his short story "The Proposal". The play is about a 35-year old guy, who asks father for a hand of his daughter in marriage. The father happily agrees, but the dialogue with the daughter goes a little awry. And it all ends well!

The audience was laughing non-stop for the whole duration of this 40-minute performance. And at the end of the evening the Russian Theatre Calgary received a very warm adjudication from Calgary theatrical celebrity Sharon Pollock. She mentioned well-directed performance, professional sets, and natural flow of the story. She also supported her speech with the prize for Outstanding Female Actor that she presented to the Russian Theatre.

We always enjoy expanding our horizons and show our work to broader audience, when performing in English. 

A big thanks to all volunteers who selflessly helped us in getting ready for the fesival and made this project happen! Take a bow!

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