Coordinator of “Children of Petersburg” Julia Alimova:
“On Thursday we met Mikhail Patlasov, Alina Shklyarskaya and Diana Shikhalieva, they told me about launching a theater project with children of migrants and, of course, they invited our children to participate. According to the idea of the authors, the students of the Theater Academy and professional directors / screenwriters will work for several months with the 14-18 year old teens with migration experience, regardless of their starting expertise and skills, and, by the spring, they will prepare a real performance that will be shown in the Zazerkale Theater. Already this Sunday, on the new stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, a general meeting will be held within the framework of the project.
You know, I have this extraordinary feeling for the second time this year. The first time it was when I suddenly received a phonecall from Upsala Circus offering to take our children to their wonderful place on the Sverdlovskaya embankment, for a whole month. Our children, most of whom have never been in any children’s camp, even a city camp. Even I was really excited to be at this place every time I visited Upsala Circus.
And now our children are offered to take part in a real performance. The play, the organizers of which directed a lot of cool things, including the soulful “Untouchables” with homeless people from “Nochlezhka” shelter and the absolutely terrific “Antibodies”, which should be recommended for viewing to all young people, without exception. The play, which will be shown in Zazerkalie, one of the favorite theaters of my childhood. And here we are, inviting our children for a Sunday meeting. Some kids are very happy when they hear about theater – one girl, Parisoda, dreamt specifically about enrolling into a theater club. I can imagine how surprised she will be when she finds out that this is not a club, but much better. Although no, she will not know, she has nothing to compare with. Others obviously do not understand what to expect, but they promise to come. Let’s see what happens.
If you know some children of migrants from 14 to 18 (inclusive) – tell them about the project, too, please, and invite them to come on Sunday”.