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“LEFTY”. Start of rehearsals.

Rehearsals of the play “Lefty” (based on of the same named story by N. Leskov) have begun at the Theater of Nations (Moscow)
Director – Maxim Didenko
Set Designer – Maria Tregubova
Composer – Ivan Kushnir
Choreographer – Vladimir Varnava
Video artist – Ilya Starilov
Lighting Designer – Ivan Vinogradov
The premiere is scheduled for May 2021.

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On February 16, an IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION opens in Ground Solyanka (Moscow)

Syncretism | Infinity and Rose (artist Pavel Semchenko)

Author of the idea, curator and art director – Maxim Didenko

Syncretism according to Pavel Semchenko and Maxim Didenko is a way of searching for the complete and final loss of the meaning of the exhibition concept, using for this all possible methods from easel academism to modern actionism. This is a struggle between the “result” and the “process”. This is an attempt to create an extract of syncretism in the diversity of contemporary art. This is the intention to empirically answer the main question for the artist – what is art?

to buy a ticket: https://shop.solyanka.org/consent

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We are announcing the casting of dancers for a theater project with the participation of Diana Vishneva, Maxim Didenko, Giorgio Madia and Vladimir Varnava.

Project schedule: casting January 17 19.00-22.00; rehearsals from 20 January performance at the end of February

You can read more about the terms of participation in the casting here: https://studiocontext.ru/news/5ffd6bf7d44fd206c1faa5e6

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The Snob project has published on its website a list of nominees shortlisted for the “Made in Russia 2020 award”.

You can vote for Maxim on the website:


The live broadcast can be seen on the youtube channel of the Snob project on December 11.


Theater of Nations will present the premiere of the performance performance by Maxim Didenko

Theater of Nations will present the premiere of the performance performance by Maxim Didenko

Maxim Didenko’s performance “Lefty” based on the same named story  by Nikolai Leskov (“The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea”) will be shown in May 2021 on the Main Stage of the Theater of Nations.

The stage version of “Lefty” is presented by playwright Valery Pecheykin, co-author in the performances “Norma”, “Run, Alice, Run”, “Through the Eyes of the Clown”, “Girl and Death”, design and costumes – Maria Tregubova, choreographer – Vladimir Varnava.

The performance will present a version about modern Russia. Yevgeny Stychkin will play The Lefty, and Diana Vishneva prima-ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater will play a Flee. Details on the website of the Theater of Nations

Photo – Sergey Misenko

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The performance “Norma” is a participant of the 15th International Festival Territoriя

On October 28 and 29, the performance “Norma” will be shown as part of the 15 International Festival-School of Contemporary Art “Territoriя” 


  • In the program “Nochnaya Smena” Maxim Didenko in conversation with Dmitry Bykov spoke in details about his performance “NORMA” based on the novel by Vladimir Sorokin. https://www.m24.ru/shows1/134/263022 
  • The “Chas Speak” program where Maxim Didenko in an interview with Nikita Rudakov discussed such themes as: Is democracy possible in Russian theater; What performance is he working on; Why did he decide to create a web series; How internet censorship has been worse than real-life censorship etc. https://youtu.be/-w7cwFpCbdE

“Norma” is a joint project of the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya and Masterskaya Brusnikin (Moscow)


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Maxim is nominated for the Snob.ru project “Made in Russia-2020”

Maxim Didenko was nominated for the Snob.ru project “Made in Russia-2020” for the performance “Norma” (joint project of the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya and Masterskaya Brusnikina, Moscow).


The text of the most important Russian writer of our time, Vladimir Sorokin, seems impossible to film or visualize on stage. However director Maxim Didenko could complete this task. Watching the production is hard, uncomfortable, sometimes even unbearable. But the norm, you know, must be taken.

Vote for Maxim on site 

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The world premier took a place on  September,24 2020 (European Centre for the Arts Hellerau, Germany)

The production is conceived as a multimedia music theatre project at the interface of theatre, dance, music and performance, with performers, dancers and singers acting on stage. The music by Vladimir Rannev, composed especially for the piece, will be performed live by AuditivVokal Dresden. For the choreographic realisation with a nine-member performers’ ensemble, Didenko works closely with the choreographer Vladimir Varnava. For the spatial realisation of “Schlachthof 5” the artist and lighting designer AJ Weissbard uses the natural light concept from the founding years of the Festspielhaus Hellerau and Oleg Michailov creates the video art.

Performance was created by a co-production of Tristan Production and HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts. Supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation as well as by the state capital Dresden, the Office for Culture and Monument Protection and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.

Director: Maxim Didenko

Music by Vladimir Rannev

Text version: Johannes Kirsten

Stage design, costumes, lighting design: AJ Weissbard

Choreography: Vladimir Varnava

Video design: Oleg Michailov

Musical direction: Olaf Katzer

Singer ensemble: AuditivVokal Dresden

Assistant of production group: Ekaterina Didenko


Photo – Stephan Floss

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The premiere of the opera “Wozzeck” is postponed

In connection with the events connected with COVID-19 and the stoppage of any activity in the Badischestheater in Karlsruhe, the premiere of the opera “Wozzeck” was postponed. Negotiations are underway on new possible dates for the premiere, which will be notified about after their agreement.


Opera “Wozzeck”. The tickets are already available

The premiere of the opera “WOZZECK” composed by Alban Berg will be held on March 26 2020 in the Badisches StaatsTheatre (Karlsruhe, Germany).
Director – Maxim Didenko
Conductor – Justin Brown
Set and costume Designer – Maria Tregubova
Choreographers – Sofia Pintzou, Alexander Fend
Video designer – Ilya Starilov
Light designer – Ivan Vinogradov
Dramaturg – Boris Kehrmann

To buy the tickets: https://staatstheatertickets.karlsruhe.de/eventim.webshop/webticket/eventlist?production=51109



Coming soon

Director Maxim Didenko will present the performance “Norma” based on the novel of the same name by writer Vladimir Sorokin on November 6 and 7 in Moscow. The production will be a joint work of the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya and Masterskaya by Dmirty Brusnikin.

“I am impressed with the text, it’s like a drill that takes out the metaphysical basis of Russian consciousness,” the press service quotes the director. “The concept of norm, on the one hand, is static, but at the same time, current: the norm is constantly changing, time is flowing, life is going on. We are changing and we don’t notice how the norm is that it was impossible to imagine some time ago. A Russian person sometimes gets used to radical and terrifying things and I want to explore it. This text is like a rebus that I want to solve.”

Evgeny Stychkin will take part in the performance as the guest actor. The general producer of the production is Svetlana Dolya who has already acted as a producer of such high-profile projects as “Ai Fak. Tragedy” by Konstantin Bogomolov and “10 Days That Shook the World” by Didenko. The playwrighter is Valery Pecheikin, stage designer – Galya Solodovnikova and composer Alexei Retinsky.

The premiere will take place on the stage of the Palace on the Yauza, where the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya will move for the duration of the repair. Then the performance is planned to be included in the permanent repertoire of the theater.

“Norma” is Sorokin’s debut novel written in 1979. It was first published in SAMIZDAT in 1983. The work tells about the times of the Andropov purges and also tells about everyday situations of Soviet people – workers, teachers, engineers.

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Premiere: The Children of Bauhaus

In 2019 the Russian stage director Maxim Didenko is invited once again to the Kunstfest Weimar. The visually stunning, rhythmical play «Chapayev and Pustota» enthralled audiences in 2017 with its choreographic musicality. This year Didenko is collaborating with the American artist A. J. Weissbard who is working with light and space across all genres (theater, opera, architecture, installations, exhibitions, fashion) in more than 50 countries. The diverse spectrum of Maxim Didenko’s artistry can be experienced once again in his new performative video installation highlighting the cooperative rituals and artistic gatherings at the historical Bauhaus in Weimar.

The video installation is in co-production with Kunstfest Weimar 2019. “The Children of Bauhaus” is part of the project “Apparatus of Heat and Cold” at Kunstfest Weimar 2019, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

The premiere will take place on the 25th of August 2019 (Weimar).

More: Kunstfest_The_children_of_Bauhaus

Videoinstallation by Maxim Didenko and AJ Weissbard
Music and sound design: Alexandr Karpov
Cameramen: Igor Tsvetkov, Boris Kostomarov and Ilya Starilov
Editor: Igor Tsvetkov
Color: Diana Vishnevskaia
Producer: Ekaterina Didenko
Children: Petr Didenko, Nikita Didenko, Richard Regush, Yakov Vasenin, Aglaya Lyubtsova


Tour! The performance “The Circus” goes to Israel.

As a part of the project “Golden Mask” in Israel” the performance “The Circus” directed by Maxim Didenko will be presented to the audience on June 19 and 20, 2019 on the stage of the Gesher Theater (Israel).

Learn more and buy tickets following the link: http://www.gesher-theatre.co.il/ru/Repertoire/Jaffa_Fest_2019/Circus

Performance is in Russian language with subtitles on Hebrew

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Golden Mask Russian National Theater Award-2019

On April 16, the Bolshoi Theater (Moscow) hosted the Golden Mask Russian National Theater Award ceremony.
Maria Tregubova was recognized as the best costume designer in the musical theater for the play “Run, Alice, Run” directed by Maxim Didenko (Taganka Theater, Moscow)


Tour! The performance “The Idiot” goes to Omsk.

01 and 02 May in the Omsk Drama Theater – “The Idiot” (Theater of Nations, Moscow) directed by Maxim DIDENKO.
To buy a ticket: https://omskdrama.ru/poster/repertoire/idiot/

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Coming soon

The performance “Through the eyes of a clown”  (the same-name novel by Heinrich Böll) is currently being staged. The premiere will take place on March 30, 2019 on the stage of the National Theater in Mannheim (Germany).

Director: Maxim Didenko
Dramaturgie: Valery Pecheykin
Set- and costume designer: Maria Tregubova
Video artist: Oleg Mikhailov
Composer: Vladimir Rannev
Choreographer: Dina Khuseyin



Premiere in London

The premiere of the play “The Girl and the Death” staged by Maxim Didenko will be presented in London. The premiere will take place on November 29 and 30 on the stage of the London Tabernacle Theater.

The performance is dedicated to the amazing fate of the Soviet actress Valentina Karavaeva (1921-1997). Having played her first star role in the film “Mashen’ka” (1943) and having received the most prestigious Stalin Prize in the USSR for her, Karavaeva got into a car crash that disfigured her face and then she was no longer filmed. She lived part of her life in England, married an English aristocrat, then returned to the USSR and died in oblivion and poverty. The last years of her life Karavaeva filmed herself  at home — and she did this for many years. Like a selfie? It is this part of her biography that carries the prototype of modern video blogs and selfies which has become the main source of inspiration for the creators of the play.
Cast: Alisa Khazanova and Alexey Rozin
Playwright: Valery Pecheykin
Stage Designer: Galya Solodovnikova
Video designer: Oleg Mikhailov
Composer: Louis Lebee
Produced by: Alexandrina Markvo (Bird & Carrot)

Buy the tickets: HERE


Maxim is a nominated for the Snob.ru project “Made in Russia-2018”

Maxim Didenko is nominated for the Snob.ru project “Made in Russia-2018” for the performance “Run, Alice, Run” (Taganka Theater, Moscow) and for the performance “The Text” (produced by Leonid Roberman together with the Yermolova Theater, Moscow) by the novel of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky!

All visitors to the site can take part in the voting. Winners will be announced at a ceremony of the Snob project in mid-November. To vote for Maxim: https://snob.ru/selected/entry/142245

  performance “Run, Alice, Run” – 19 and 20 October. Tickets: here
  performance “The Text” – 07 and 18 October. Tickets: here

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Plan of tour of the performances (fall 2018)

What: “Circus” (Theater of Nations, Moscow)
Where: Alexela Kontserdimaja (Tallinn, Estonia)
When: October, 15 at 19:00
Buy ticket: here
NB: The performance is conducted with simultaneous translation into Estonian.
Tours take place in the framework of the theatrical festival “Golden Mask in Estonia 2018”

What: “The Heart of a Dog” (Theater “Priyut komedianta”, St. Petersburg)
Where and when: From 4 to 9 November in Moscow, on the stage of the theaters named after V. Mayakovsky and E. Vakhtangov. The exact location and date of the performance TBA
NB: The tour is a joint project of the “Breakthrought” Award and of the Theater “Priyut komedianta”
What: “Tchapaev and Pustota” (Theater “Practika”, Moscow)
Where: Deutsches Theater, Schumannstraße 13 (Berlin, Germany)
When: November 24 and 25 at 18:00
Buy ticket: sales will open on October, 1 (TBA)
NB: The performance is conducted with simultaneous translation into German.
Tours take place within the framework of the Festival “Russian Theater Spring: A New Contemporary Russian Theater”

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“Run, Alice, run”. New nomination of “Theater’s Star – 2018”

“Theatre’s Star-2018”. Long-List.
In the nomination “Best musical performance” is presented the performance “Run, Alice, Run” directed by Maxim Didenko (Theatre on Taganka, Moscow).
A short list will be announced in September.
The vote will last until August, 31.
Make your right choice following the White Rabbit: 🐇

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10-Days Master class by Maxim Didenko

Maxim Didenko will hold a Master class “From conception to implementation” at Gogol’s School!

Topics: establishing links between the fantasy of an actor / dancer and his body; formation of an utterance; the embodiment of the idea in the language of dance.
DATES: 03.08 – 12.08.2018
10 LESSONS: every day 10: 00-17: 00 (6 hours of practice + 1 lunch break)
More information about the course + leave a request:

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“GQ Person of the Year”: nomination “Best Director”

“GQ Person of the Year”: Maxim Didenko is nominated for “Best Director”

All year GQ watched those who did something particularly outstanding, who was better than others. But who will remain in it – that will be your choice. The voting will be closed on July 31, 2018. The results will be announced in September and will be published in the October’s issue of GQ.

To vote for Maxim Didenko – https://www.gq.ru/awards/moty/2018/director-2018

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The premiere of the performance based on the novel of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky “Text” will be held on May 15 and 16, 2018 in the Theater named after M. N. Yermolova (Moscow). The producer is Leonid Roberman.
Director – Maxim Didenko
Set Designer – Galya Solodovnikova
Composer – Alexander Karpov
Choreographer – Ira Ga
Video directors – Oleg Mikhailov and Ilya Starilov
Tickets: http://www.ermolova.ru/afisha/view/99/

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Snob Magazine nominates the performance “Chapaev and Pustota” for the Made in Russia Award in the category “Culture”.

Congratulations to the whole staging team of the performance:
Author of the novel – Victor Pelevin
Director – Maxim Didenko
Composer – Ivan Kushnir
Choreographer – Irina Ga
Scenographer, costume designer – Galya Solodovnikova
Lighting Designer – Sergey Vasilyev
The artist-technologist – Olga Pavlyuk
Lecturer – Evgeny Mandelstam
Operators – Lyudmila Burchenkova, Margarita Baghdasaryan
Actors: Alexey Rozin, Ilya Barabanov, Vasily Butkevich, Pyotr Skvortsov, Vasily Mikhailov, Igor Titov, Gladstone Mahib, Yuri Mezhevich, Alexey Lyubimov, Marina Vasilyeva, Yana Gladkikh, Dmitry Brusnikin, Nikolai Chindyaikin

You may vote for the performance till the end of October here: https://snob.ru/selected/entry/129131
Learn more at: https://snob.ru/selected/entry/129743

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Elena Novikova, Daria Zolotukhina (Producers of the performance “Black Russian” staged by Maxim Didenko) are nominated for “Creator#InspireMe” Award of Top50byLive.

Project: Black Russian – Russia’s first immersive thriller.
The creators of the theater, which works miracles and literally materializes the spirits. It was they who unofficially declared that the theater is not a comfort zone, but you are not an outside observer, but the main witness and character. Two fine representatives of the producer’s craft to make spectators the object of an experiment and introduce new rules, make both the new and old generations love something beautiful and mysterious – the theatrical one.

The voting is open until October 18, 2017.
You can vote here: https://top50.readlivemagazine.ru/nominee/35

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Ingeborga Dapkunayte is represented in the nomination “STARRING ROLE. THEATER” of the OK! MORE THAN STARS AWARDS for the role of American actress Marion Dickson in the new Maxim Didenko’s performance “The Circus”.

On stage, she is a real diva of Hollywood dreams: luxurious, charming and mysterious. But this is not all. Fearless Ingeborga is making such tricks in the air that it would seem possible only for high-end balancers. And what a piercing lyrical monologue the actress utters! This is a real hymn of love.

We will be grateful for your support!
The voting is open here: http://www.ok-magazine.ru/special/ok-awards-2017/?id=23

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 The performance “I Am Here” staged by Maxim Didenko (Stary Dom Drama Theatre, Novosibirsk) is called the event of the season in the general ranking of the Novosibirsk performances of the 2016-2017 season.We would recall that in the last season Maxim Didenko’s “The Program of Shared Impressions” (Stary Dom Drama Theatre, Novosibirsk) was also featured on the list of the best Novosibirsk performances of the season 2015/2016.

NB: The Novosibirsk Theater Magazine “OKOLO” is already the fourth time conducting expert analysis of the theatrical season, addressing its questionnaire to the widest possible circle of theater critics, journalists, cultural commentators and people directly involved in the theatrical life of the city.

Learn more at: http://journal-okolo.ru/teatr-v-tsifre-itogi-novosibirskogo-sezona-2016-2017/

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Coming soon

The performance “The Heart of a Dog” based on the same-name novel by Mikhail Bulgakov in currently being staged. The premiere will take place at Shelter of the Comedian Theater (St. Petersburg) on October 20, 2017. Approximate duration of the performance – 2 hours 30 minutes, 1 intermission.

Director – Maxim Didenko
Staging – Konstantin Fyodorov, Maxim Didenko
Staging Artist – Galya Solodovnikova
Video Artists – Oleg Mikhailov, Anastasia Nesterova, Nikita Shishkin
Choreographer – Vladimir Varnava
Composer, musical director – Vladimir Rannev
Lighting Designer – Denis Solntsev
Video Engineer – Maxim Baskakov

Buy tickets and learn more at: Heart of a Dog

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The performance “Ten Days That Shook the World” will be held all the 10 days since September 29 till October 8 throughout the space of the exhibition, and the actors together with their audience will do the revolution and travel through all the main creative stages and stes of the Master. This project is not a remake of the great performance of 1965. This is a rethinking of the material, a topic even more urgent now, exactly one hundred years after the events described by Reed.

Buy tickets and learn more at: http://fondlubimova.com/events/premera-spektaklya-maksima-didenko-10-dnej-kotorye-potryasli-mir/