Multimodal Interactive Performance

An interactive autobiographical mono performance guides the audience through the psychological aspects of Russian emigration during 2022-2024, revealing the challenges of remaining human while family is in Moscow and friends are in Kiev, and offering an authentic look at resilience and self identity in a shattered world.

Colleagues, relatives, and loved ones have left their homeland

as a sign of political protest, due to the mortal threat of dying in the war

or ending up in prison due to repressions.



What is it like to drop off your children at school and then go volunteer with refugees?


What is it like to bury loved ones on both sides of the military conflict?


What is it like to read bedtime stories to your little ones after packing some humanitarian aid for the kids on the front line?


What is it like to join protests alongside people who desperately wish death upon everyone who shares your own passport?


What is it like to teach your children their native language when those closest to you refuse to speak it out of disgust?


What is it like to remain human and seek peace within oneself amid war?


What is it like to be Russian after February 2022?



«Art is given to us so that we do not die from the truth.»

- Friedrich Nietzsche



Stories of thousands reflected in one... daring to speak and dance about it Honestly.

Katrina Gridina - a performance artist, founder of the Theater of Honesty, co-director of the School of Improvisation and Performance «The Art of Being» in a multimodal interactive autobiographical performance about the psychological aspects of Russian emigration in 2022-2024.
This will be an artistic space that opens dialogue and reflection on the issue of stigmatization of Russian emigrants, through the realization of a multimodal performance/series of performances in three languages (Russian, English, French), which includes:
  • Video interviews with forced migrants
    01
  • Interactive dialogue with the audience
    02
  • Original anti-war poetry

    03
  • Improvised dance

    04
  • Insights and findings from weekly laboratory with performers in emigration
    05
We express our gratitude to musicians who have already believed in the project and granted permission to use their original works
Manizha
Yana Ostas
Estas Tonne
Veda Ram
Alyona Geeta
Lina Aurum
«Being Russian 2022-2024» is created within one of the most significant events in the world of contemporary performing arts – the 58th Avignon Festival «Off». It will be presented from July 5th to 7th on the stage of the Théâtre «Au Chapeau Rouge».

Unlike the main «In» program, the «Off» program is independent of the festival, does not involve artistic selection and guidance, and groups come to the festival at their own expense. It is one of the largest and most diverse festivals of independent companies in the world - with over 1000 groups participating in the program.

«Being Russian 2022-2024» is created within one of the most significant events in the world of contemporary performing arts – the 58th Avignon Festival «Off». It will be presented from July 5th to 7th on the stage of the Théâtre «Au Chapeau Rouge».

Unlike the main «In» program, the «Off» program is independent of the festival, does not involve artistic selection and guidance, and groups come to the festival at their own expense. It is one of the largest and most diverse festivals of independent companies in the world - with over 1000 groups participating in the program.

By purchasing a ticket or supporting the project through crowdfunding, you help us overcome stigmatization and the feeling of invisibility. Your contribution not only supports the arts but also furthers its mission of fostering understanding and empathy among people.

Performance will take place
at Théâtre «Au Chapeau Rouge»
Press release and visual materials are available for download.
For inquiries regarding support for the performance, partnership, and PR,
please contact the project coordinator:
e-mail: artofbeing.team@gmail.com
whatsApp: +90 506 863 8619
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Yulia Razumova
Coordinator


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With warmth and inspiration,

#artofbeing team