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…)
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF RAKHIM KARIEV, THE GREAT OLD MAN.
Chairman of the Uzbekistan Theater Society, cultural figure Rakhim Majidovich Kariev remained in the memory of cultural Uzbeks as the Defender of new art. Ilkhomites remember him as the Great Old Man.
“A MAN WHO SUPPORTS THE PRESENT AND TALENT” (more…)
LARISA PANKRATOVA SHARES ARCHIVES AND MEMORIES ABOUT MARK WAIL AND THE ILKHOM THEATER.
In 1978, Leonard Babakhanov (actor, director and script-writer) and his wife Dilya Babakhanova brought me to the theater. “Petty-bourgeois wedding” was being rehearsed.
That’s how I discovered the creative space of Ilkhom.
We often hung out in the cafe of the Yoshlik Hotel. On the right was a semi-basement – life was in full swing, there were jazz festivals, artists exhibited, concerts and meetings took place. (more…)
Yuri Vilyamovich Alexandrov (1951-2010). Culturologist, film expert, theater expert.
The role of Yuri Vilyamovich in Tashkent culture will never be fully appreciated. All his life he was engaged in educational activities, created theatrical and educational projects.
He lectured at universities in Tashkent on aesthetics, theater history, and cultural studies. He would say to students: “If you are not interested, leave immediately. You will get your three anyway.” And no one would leave: they instead would listen with their mouth open. (more…)