Mark Wail’s unknown and known Ilkhom Theater. The experience of creating a theater from the “zero”: history, legendary performances, director’s notes.
Fragments from the book
In the mid-1970s the crisis of the system co-occurred with the peak of a diverse, sometimes painful search in the intellectual and spiritual life of our society.
Ilkhom appeared exactly when no one believed in anything, when 10 years before the Gorbachev’s era it was impossible to imagine how history would flow. (more…)
The original name of the theater is ESTY “Ilkhom” (experimental studio for theatrical youth – actors, artists, musicians, theater experts).
Many who were rejected at different times by Russia found their place in Tashkent. Partly due to the mentality of the Uzbeks, for whom the guest is a kind of sacred message, it is impossible to offend him.
For example, in the late 1930–40 the wife of the executed Osip Mandelstam used to teach in Tashkent University. (more…)
A documentary about the early years of development of the Ilkhom Theater.
The early years, Ilkhom existed as a theater studio of professional actors in Tashkent. The very first productions contradicted the canons of the Soviet theater. And instantly evoked a response from the viewer: by freedom, honesty and courage. (more…)