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Category Archive: Theatre

Anna Chipovskaya, Russian actress

Anna Chipovskaya
Anna Chipovskaya is a Russian film and theater actress, who was born on June 16, 1987 in Moscow.
Anna is a daughter of a theater actress and a jazz musician. As a child she dreamed of becoming an actress, but her parents and grandparents wanted her to be a translator and Anna entered the linguistic school. Chipkovskaya worked in a modeling agency.
Despite the fact that Anna graduated from high school, her dream had not changed and she decided to enter the drama school.
In 2009 she graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School and was accepted into the troupe.
She made her debut in the play “Amadeus” at the Moscow Art Theatre.
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Evgenia Kryukova, Russian actress

Evgenia Kryukova, Russian actress

Evgenia Kryukova, Russian actress

Evgenia Kryukova was born on June 11, 1971 in Moscow.
She is a Soviet-Russian theater and film actress, Honored Artist of Russia (2005).
Evgenia was born in a family of engineers. After leaving school she entered the Moscow Institute of Architecture, but left it.
In 1988 Kryukova became an artist at the Moscow Youth Theater. Then she married an actor Mikhail Zhukov, with whom began to appear on stage as an actress. Her husband helped her acting career.
In 1990 Evgenia entered GITIS. One day Evgenia was invited to star in a movie at “Belarusfilm” studio. However, her debut in the movie did not take place, but the desire to become an actress had become stronger.
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Slava Polunin, great clown

Slava Polunin, great clown

Slava Polunin, great clown

Slava Polunin was born 12 June 1950. He is a Russian performance artist and clown, the creator of the stage spectacles, Asisyai-revue, Slava’s Snowshow and Diabolo.

Reporter: What’s your job?
Slava Polunin: I’ve been a “fool” for many years.
R.: What’s your main character trait?
S.P.: I’m unique!
R.: Where is your home?
S.P.: Any place where the evening finds me.
R.: Who can be a true clown?
S.P.: All of us are true clowns, even if we don’t want to be.
R.: What’s your motto?
S.P.: To be a clown whenever I can.
R.: What’s your attitude to life?
S.P.: I don’t have regrets…
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Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Lydia Yavorskaya, Theater Star

Lydia Yavorskaya was a Russian drama actress.
Lydia (nee Gubbenet) was born in 1871 in Kiev. Her father, B. Gubbenet Frenchman by birth, was a chief of police.
Since childhood she participated in home plays. Yavorskaya’s first performance took place in February 1880. It is said that Lydia married someone called Yavorski while in Kiev, that he was a drunk and/or womanizer, and Lydia quickly divorced him.
After graduating from the school, Lydia played in charity performances.
In 1889 Yavorskaya entered the Theatre School in Petersburg, and then studied at the Comedie Francaise in Paris.
She made her debut in 1893 in Revel. In 1893 she was invited to the Moscow theater, where she played such roles as Marguerite Gautier (The Lady of the Camellias by A. Dumas), Alice (The Struggle for Happiness by Kovalevskaya), Olga Knapsack (Chad Life by Markevich).
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Dmitriy Nagiev – actor, TV presenter

Dmitriy Nagiev
Dmitriy Nagiev was born on April 4, 1967 in Leningrad. He is a talented actor and one of the most popular show-business figures in Russia.
In 1991 Dmitriy graduated from the Leningrad State University of Theatre, Music and Cinematography.
He worked in the theatre “Vremya”, then was a “Radio Modern” DJ. Dmitriy was named the best radio broadcaster of the country four times. He worked as a DJ in clubs, dance halls and was a presenter of beauty contests.
Best known for his numerous roles in the popular comedy-show “Modern Ostorozhno” (nominated at International Emmy Award for best comedy-show) and popular TV-series “Modern Ostorozhno – 2!”, in which he co-starred with his only show-mate and friend Sergey Rost. He also plays on theatre stage and directs his own theatre projects. In 1996 he was called “The most popular person of Saint-Petersburg”. In Russia he’s considered a sex-symbol since his first roles in “Modern”.
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Evgeny Leonov, Soviet-Russian actor

Evgeny Leonov, Soviet-Russian actor

Evgeny Leonov, Soviet-Russian actor

Evgeny Leonov was a famous Soviet-Russian actor, best known for leading roles in comedies, People’s Artist of the USSR (1978), laureate of the State Prize of the USSR (1976) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1992). He is one of Russia’s best-loved actors. Evgeny also voiced many Soviet cartoon characters, including Vinny Pukh (Winnie the Pooh).
The actor was born on September 2, 1926 in a typical Moscow family – his father was an aviation engineer and his mother was a housewife.
Evgeny dreamed of becoming a war-plane pilot, which was a very common desire of many boys of the World War II period. During the war his school studies were interrupted by the invasion of the Nazi Armies. Evgeny became a metalworker.
One day Leonov decided to become a professional actor. At an entrance exam Evgeny presented monologues from Anton Chekhov and Mikhail Zoschenko. After finishing the prepared monologues Leonov was asked to perform something else. “Something else is even worse”, he replied. His words caused an explosion of laughter. The State Commission saw his great potential, and Leonov became a student of the Moscow State Theatre Studio.
Leonov studied acting at nights and continued his day job as an industrial worker.
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Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova Sudeikina, decadence fairy

Olga Glebova – Sudeikina was a symbolic figure of the Silver Age. She was an actress, dancer, painter, sculptor, translator and one of the first Russian fashion models. People called her Beauty of the Silver Age, Columbine, Decadence Fairy.
Olga was born on May 27, 1885 in St. Petersburg.
In 1905 the girl graduated from the Imperial Theatre School and joined the Alexandrinsky Theatre, where she became the favorite pupil of Konstantin Varlamov.
In 1906 Olga met the love of her life – the artist Sergei Sudeikin, and went to Moscow with him. In January 1907 they married. Olga was happy, but the idyll was broken. Poet Mikhail Kuzmin appeared in their family life. She participated in Kuzmin’s musical performances, costumes and decorations were made by Sergei Sudeikin. Mikhail became not just Sergei’s close friend, but his… lover. Olga was disappointed. The couple parted in late 1915.
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