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Public talk with Marina Davydova and Anton Dolin. German theater and cinema in the twenty-first century

6 November 2017


Marina Davydova (Theatre magazine) and Anton Dolin (The Art of Cinema magazine) will discuss why the German theater began to set trends in the world's theatrical art at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and German cinema did not.

Michael Thalheimer, Thomas Ostermayer, Christophe Martaler, Schaubühne, Volksbühne, Berliner Ensemble—for any person following the world theatrical process, the names of these directors and theaters are a sign of quality, a model of modern theater, and the leading lights of European theater life. When talking about the concept of the "German theater", we not only mean the directors working in Germany, and the entire German-speaking zone, including Austria and the corresponding part of Switzerland today, but also foreigners who are active in Germany—Italian Romeo Castellucci, Englishman Simon McBurney, Spaniard Angelica Lidell, and Englishwoman Kathy Mitchell, whose best performances took place in Germany, and not in Britain.

What is the secret of the success of the German theater and its world recognition? And why is there a diametrically opposite effect in German cinema? The trendsetters of European cinema in the twenty-first century have been the Romanians, and of the world—Asia, while one of the richest and most successful film-producing countries with huge cultural traditions has lost its leading position today. Anton Dolin and Marina Davydova will help the audience to understand the reasons for these phenomena.

In the framework of the International festival New European Theatre NET in the cinema.


Marina Davydova is a theater critic, historian and producer. Editor-in-chief of the magazine Theatr, she is the author of monographs about the theater, and art director of the NET festival. In 2016 Davydova was the program director of the festival Wiener Festwochen as well as the creator, curator, and director of the project Eternal Russia, which premiered in January 2017 in the Berlin Theater Hebbel am Ufer.

Anton Dolin, is a Russian journalist, film critic, presenter of the radio station Mayak, Vesti FM, film critic of the TV show Evening Urgant on the First channel, and film critic of Meduza.  Since June 2017 he has been editor-in-chief of the magazine inoart.


The NET Festival was founded in 1998, on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It seemed relevant to include cutting edge Russian theater of the time into the contemporary European context in order to link an aesthetic, political, and generational search, re-establishing Russian theatre as a platform for experiments operating up to date language, talking about modern times. By pushing the boundaries of genres and ideas about theater as such, tracking the development of new writing in various countries and presenting physical and testimonial theater, the NET festival has built its audience and earned its place in Moscow’s theatre landscape. Today, NET is about denying any type of cliché, affirming the parallel history of theatre’s avant-garde.


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