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of young composers and playwrights


The COOPERATION  workshop is established as a creative and educational project for the young composers and playwrights. We are going to invent an innovative opera creation model by the genre borders discovery, contemporary music theatre and drama research, as well as actual problems and today’s theatrical process analysis.

OUR GOAL is to involve the young composers and playwrights into the music theatre territory with a view to create new compositions. We hope to draw the professional community’s attention to the young authors’ works and to expand the discussion area in the musical theatre field.

The workshop is divided into four stages:

«CONCEPT» — lectures and seminars, the creative teams shaping;

«BOUILD» — individual work;

«COMPOSITION» — the score itself;

«OPERA» — rehearsals and the first showings.

The lectures and masterclasses are held by the different disciplines’ leaders of today’s opera art. The project is about to consolidate creative intercommunications and networking among Russian regions youth, with the assistance of our colleagues from abroad.




On July 23, the “CoOPERAtion” Lab opens the second season of its work. The independent creative and educational project will follow its basic principles of work, unique for Russia, but also will introduce some important new approaches.

This year the Lab will unite not only young composers and playwrights but also it will welcome the young directors. Moreover, the project opens doors for creators not only from Russia, but also from Ukraine, Poland and Germany.

Open presentation of participants and their ideas for future chamber operas will take place on July 28 at the venue of Archstoyanie Festival in Nikola-Lenivets.

The “CoOPERAtion” Lab was coined by the Moscow director Ekaterina Vasileva. In 2018, it is supported by the K.S. Stanislavsky and V.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre and by the Archstoyanie International Festival.

6 composers, 6 playwrights and 6 directors take part in the “CoOPERAtion” Lab 2018. All of them are young, but already well-known professionals.

Playwrights: Zhenya Berkovich, Ekaterina Bondarenko, Dana Jane, Andrey Ivanov, Kira Malinina and Tatyana Rakhmanova.

Composers: Dmitry Buchenkov, Nikolai Popov, Artem Pys`, Aleksandra Kaca (Poland), Adrian Mocanu (Ukraine), Ole Hübner (Germany).

Directors: Yuriy Kvyatkovskiy, Sergey Morozov, Alexey Smirnov, Pavel Sorokin, Kapitolina Tsvetkova-Plotnikova and Asya Chashchinskaya.

The diversity of the laboratory participants and the non-adherence to any particular aesthetic direction is the one of the principals of our project.

The work will consists of four stages: “concept” (lectures and seminars, the formation of creative groups), “design” (the formation of an idea, the libretto and musical sketches), “composition” (work on creating the scores for the future opera) and “opera” (rehearsals and the final showcase of the works on stage).

The educational program will take place between 23 and 29 July.


It opens with the discussion “New music - new formats” in the foyer of the Stanislavsky ElectroTheater (July 23 at 18:00) with the participation of foreign lecturers of the Laboratory. This topic reflects a new direction in the work of the Laboratory - an interest in unusual theatrical formats and the 

search for optimal forms of the existence of opera compositions in them.

Lectures and master classes of educational part of the project devoted to the opera, drama and contemporary music will be delivered to participants by leading specialists: Dmitry Kurlyandsky, Vladimir Runnev, Natalia Pshenichnikova, Alexander Zhurbin, Vladislav Tarnopolsky, Evgeny Kazachkov, Fedor Elyutin, Denis Kargayev, Alexander Arefiev. Representatives of the foreign opera theatre will share their experience: the artistic director of the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York, Jim Scheffer (USA), the composer Charlotte Seiter (Germany) and the playwright of the Berlin State Opera and the festivals of the modern musical theatre Infektion!, the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden and the Munich Biennale - Roman Rieger (Germany).

The first stage task for the participants is to meet each other and form creative groups. Over the next three months, each of the groups will work on composing a one-act opera for three soloists and a chamber ensemble.


The work-in-progress presentation of completed scores will take place on

December 8 and 9 at the Small Stage of the K.S. Stanislavsky and V.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre. A year later, at the Archstoyanie open-air festival 2019 in Nikola-Lenivets, the operas will be presented in the format of full-scale productions. The emphasis there will be made on the development of the site specific theatre direction principles and on the search of new opportunities for its implementation within the opera performance framework.

As in the 2017 season, the project’s partners are the “Actual Music Gallery” ensemble of Oleg Payberdin and the “La Gol” voice theatre of Natalia Pshenichnikova, the “InterActive” vocal ensemble, the RADI SVETA theatre company and the Stravinsky.online portal covering contemporary music news.

The laboratory also thanks for support the Chamber stage named after Boris Pokrovsky.

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