August 12: "Decision of the executive committee of
the Kurgan Regional Council of People's Deputies" "On the
establishment of the regional puppet theater at the concert and
entertainment Bureau of the Kurgan department for the Arts".
- Puppeteers worked in the entertainment teams with short
- according to the order of the Kurgan art department entertainment
teams were regrouped once again and all puppeteers finally came
together. Orlovskaya M.V. was appointed to theatre director. Zabelin
B. I. became theatre designer (the order went forth that…).
1949 - 1961
- January 1: Kurgan puppeteers had their first premiere.
Children watched the play "The Scarlet Flower", which for many years
stayed in the repertoire. The work on the formation of repertoire
was going; actors were constantly touring the Kurgan region.
- Puppeteers got a rehearsal room! For 19 years they had worked
- according to the decision of the Cabinet Council
and of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR dated
September 12, 1964 the group of puppeteers at Philharmonic
became the group of the independent Kurgan regional puppet theater.
Puppeteers gained status of theater!
- Graduates of the Leningrad Institute of Theatre,
Music and Cinema came to Kurgan. Their performances "Left-hander,"
"Romeo and Juliet" became a sensation and a shock to the public.
They gave the name to the theater.
- Since then, the theater had the name "Gulliver".
The Kurgan Music College founded the actor's section and recruited
students, which were taught by the theater artists.
- M. Husid invited director Y. Fridman and designer I. Uvarova for
staging of "Faust". But the show was stopped. This episode in the
theatre life - the Kurgan Puppet Theater and its unrealized
production – was mentioned in the book by Dina Rubina "Syndrome of
- The first participation in a festival. It was the
second theater festival of the Urals in Tyumen. Actors of "Gulliver"
showed the performance by M. Khusid "The Gift from Košice " and got
- The first trip to the capital. In Moscow a show contest of
young artists took place:
our actors Lyudmila Savchuk and Nikolay Ustinov won at that
competition. Performance "How the night was switched on" was awarded
with the diploma of appreciation of the All-Russian festival of
unscheduled performances in Moscow.
- Theater worked hard: it was left not only by those
who had come from Leningrad, but also by those who were taught by
them. The theater was looking for opportunities to survive with
- The most important event: in October «Gulliver»
moved to the old building of the concert hall. Theatre had been
waiting for this moment for 41years!
Theatre got own house and stage!
- first, the roof over the office space caved in,
and then ceiling in the theater auditorium fell off; the new
season started with the searching for a room again.
- Theater got a new director general from Leningrad over again. It
was Eugene Ugryumov.
- Theatre season opened with production of guest director G. Goldman
based on the play by
V. Orlov "The
- Stage director Stanislav Jelyeskin – an energetic person of a low
stature and rare charm - appeared in the theater for the first time.
Together with theatre designer Tatyana Tereshchenko he began to work
on the production, which to this day is in demand and enjoys
popularity among the audience – “The Fairy-tale of the Fisherman and
- This year was also marked in our theatre with production of the
puppeteer, winner of the State Prize of the USSR Valery Volhovsky.
"The young stork and the scarecrow" - an extremely delicate play
with a special spiritual tone; both children and adults watched it.
Lyubov Lubyankina and Alexei Ilyinsky stared in this remarkable work
- Premiere of the performance
A.S. Pushkin's "The Fairy-tale
of the Fisherman and the Fish." This performance is still on the
repertoire, and still enjoys audience love.
- Theater found finally his own although small
building on the Sovyetskaya street, 104.
- The play "Sister Alyonushka, little brother
Ivanushka" was opened in the theater; it was staged by Stanislav
Jelyeskin and Tatyana Tereshchenko on the basis of Russian folklore.
With this performance theatre showed oneself an unusual team capable
of experiment and a depth comprehension of material taken into work.
- for the first time "Gulliver" came on the stage of the Central
House of Artists in Moscow. So Moscovites watched the play "Sister
Alyonushka, little brother Ivanushka."
The same year a premiere for adults took place. The evening cabaret
for adults in the manner of buffet "The serenade" (stage director -
Stanislav Jelyeskin, designer - Eugene Bondarenko) was presented not
only in Russian cities but also in Panevezys.
- Alla Semenova became the first Honored Artist of
At the end of 1993 the premiere of her one-woman performance "Vanya
Datsky", which is still on the repertoire, took place (stage
director - S. Jelyeskin, designer – E. Bondarenko).
- In spring the play "Mistress of the Copper Mountain" was opened
(stage director - S. Jelyeskin, designer - T. Tereshchenko).
Although this performance had a short life, it made a strong
impression both on critics and audience at the Festival "Gostiny
Dvor" in Orenburg.
- The theater recruited young and talented people to educate for a
profession of puppeteer at the Yekaterinburg Theatre Institute. The
form of study was internal and extra-mural. The course master was
- The head designer of the theater was awarded the title of Honored
Artist of the Russian Federation, and the theater became a member of
the International Puppetry Association (UNIMA).
- First night of the performance “Piaf ... I have no regrets” took
place on September, 13. In 16 years of its existence this play
became the hallmark of the theater touring in Moscow, Panevezys,
Magnitogorsk, Yekaterinburg, St. Petersburg and Kishinev.
- Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary by
arranging festivities called "Gulliveriada" that lasted
Those celebrations were visited
by critics from
Moscow, by actors and stage directors who had worked some time in
our theater over the years of its existence.
- This year two remarkable performances were
produced in the theater: "The fairy-tale of brave boys and some
brave girls" (stage director - N. Plekhanova, designer - Elena
Volkova) and "The wonderful ice cream coloured suit" (stage director
-N. Plekhanova, designer - T. Tereshchenko).
- In June theater engaged 10 institute-educated actors. Their
graduation performance was Marta Tsifrinovich’s play "The
hope" based on paintings by P. Picasso.
- The premiere of one-woman performance "Milady"
(stage director - N. Plekhanova, designer - N. Permina).
- "Who will awake the sun" – a gentle, touching play
performed with the music of Vivaldi - was produced in the theater by
our new friends from Kiev: stage director M. Yaremchuk and designer
-That year added the name of Andrey Platonov to the
repertory list of "Gulliver". The performance based on his play "The
street organ" (directed by Galina Koptyaeva, designer -T.
Tereshchenko) became an event in the theater world.
bright premiere of the performance for adult audience “All of
Shakespeare in ...” (directed by Andrew Sanatin, designer - T.
- Theater participated in 4 festivals with different
Performance “Piaf ... I have no regrets” participated in the VII
International Festival in Kishinev (Moldavia) and in the II
International Puppet Theatre Festival "Tea party in Mytishchi."
- Performance "The street organ" received the Grand Prix as the best
performance, Alexey Guschuk was honoured for the best actor and the
work of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation T.I. Tereshchenko
won the best production design award of the V Puppet Theatre
Festival «The Golden Horse» in Tyumen.
- Performance “The fairy-tale of brave boys and some brave girls”
went to the XIV International Puppet Theatre Festival in
- another premiere in the theater - the work of A. Sanatin and E.
Volkova "The Dreams of Harlequin”. The play, which raised many
debates, would later open the II International Festival "The Dream
- the theater established a training course again – for study in
the Yaroslavl Theatre Institute. Course director - V. Borisov,
course master - Tatyana Yesina.
- the theater decided to celebrate its 60th
anniversary by arranging the International Puppet Theatre Festival
"The Dream of Flying or 60 steps to start" and invited theaters not
only from Russia but also from Poland, France, Finland. The festival
was opened with the premiere of “Capric’io” (double with cream).
Director and designer - Viktor Plotnikov. This
performance was nominated for the Golden Mask award.
- during the festival "The Dream of Flying " the film about theatre
“... Therein lies the light. "Gulliver" is one of the facets” was
shown for the first time. Tatyana Andreyeva was author of the film,
film director - Vadim Osadchiy.
- That year was marked by two very interesting performances, "Sir
Ibrahim and flowers of the Koran" (the play by D. Schmitt) and "The
Greco-Roman love". Director of the first staging was A. Sanatin
(Moscow), designer - E.Volkova, director of the second staging was
People’s Artist of the Russian Federation S. Jelyeskin, designer -
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation T. Tereshchenko.
- Performance “The fairy-tale of brave boys and some
brave girls” visited France for the second time to participate in
the festival “The Solstice “in Belfort.
- In March the theater company increased its membership by
professional actors! The former students of the Gulliver theatre
school and the Yaroslavl Theatre Institute obtained Diplomas of
- The Second International Puppet Theatre Festival "The Dream of
Flying " took place. Among festival participants were theaters from
Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Italy (Florence and Ravenna),
Finland, Uzbekistan. The expert board included representatives of
Switzerland, Turkey and Bulgaria. Russia was represented by theaters
from Orenburg, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg.
There was an innovation in that festival: at the end of each
festival day audience and guests discussed performances of the day.
- In early October theater took part in the festival of the Black
Sea countries that was held in conjunction with the Culture Ministry
of the Russian Federation and organized by the Committee of the XXII
Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Theatre "Gulliver" opened the
festival with performance “Capric’io”.
- In late October- early November theatre left for Moscow to
participate in the V International Festival "The Big Change".
Performance “Capric’io” (double with cream) was shown twice on the
stage of the Theater Center «Na Strastnom».
- Together with the Kurgan young ice skaters "Gulliver" prepared the
program "Circus, ice and the New Year" and presented it on the ice
- In late September we participated in the II World Puppet Carnival
in Almaty with performance “Capric’io” (double with cream). Theaters
from the USA, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Peru, Turkey,
Australia, Israel, Thailand, Japan, Latvia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Russia, in total 32 theaters from 30 countries took part in the
competition program of the festival. “Gulliver” received the Grand
- In May Michael Vogel came to get acquainted with the theater
company. A German puppeteer, founder of «Figurentheater»,
participant and winner of numerous international festivals in
Europe, America and Asia, made our theater into a laboratory for
transfer of experience and skills for a few days in May. The "Figurenteater"
method can be described as a metaphorical theater of puppet, body
mobility and music. Michael Vogel makes puppets and scenery for his
performances himself. For each performance a special music is
- from October 4th through
October 9th the theatre took part in the International
Nomad Puppet Theater Festival "The
Ark" in Irkutsk with the performance "Oedipus". The festival was not
competitive, it had a mission - to popularize the puppet theater
art; it was attended by the representatives of the festival "The
Golden Mask" to make decision on our participation in this festival.
-from October 7th through October 15th the II
Sakhalin International Puppet Theatre Festival "On the Islands of
Miracles" took place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. There we got straight
from Irkutsk and showed three performances: "Vanya Datsky",
"Oedipus" and "The Actresses".
- In late March the Russian Performing Art Festival "The Golden
Mask" demonstrating the most significant premiers of the previous
season began in Moscow. We took part in it with performance
"Oedipus" and received diploma of participation.
- April 25: opening of the exhibition of puppets that was brought
from the Czech Republic. Excursions were combined with workshops on
making theatre puppets.
May 1: the premiere of performance "Panopticon".
May 2: opening of the III International Puppet Theatre Festival “The
Dream of Flying.” The festival was attended by theaters from Japan,
Turkey, Greece, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Germany,
Poland, Azerbaijan and Russia. The program included 10 countries, 13
theaters, 15 performances.
We showed the performance "Panopticon" and received a special prize
for the experiment.
As part of the festival a presentation of the book about theater
“Gulliver” took place, the book was only on CD at that time.
The festival was held on a competitive basis for the first time. The
Grand Prix was taken by Japanese puppeteers.
May 7: closing and awarding ceremony. In the distinguished visitors'
book a juryman, theater critic Pavel Rudnev wrote: "In the theater
"Gulliver" there is everything that makes theater, not just an
institution for leisure and entertainment. I'm not a puppeteer, I am
doing drama, but I always say at the lectures on contemporary
theater that the main initiator of experiment in Russian theater is
Puppet Theater. There different ideas of synthesis are often tested
for strength: Puppet Theatre plus something. And Kurgan theater is
in many respects at the head of this process. There it is always
kept in mind that a puppet is not only subject of plays and
amusement, but also a sacred symbol. All of us are puppets in the
hands of the eternal space, and rarely anyone manages to solve his
June 4 - the premiere of performance "The Magic Flute" directed by Karl
The performance is played in a copy of the historic miniature of the
home theater of the 18-19 centuries. The opera is perfectly
performed by artists of the Dresden Opera House.
- Theatre was visited by urbanist, a leading
architect and founder of the Center for Development of Architecture
of Eindhoven (Netherlands) Cees Donkers. Like all guests, he left a
note in our distinguished visitors' book, where among other things
it was written:"Great show! Beautiful theater! Real Kurgan identity!
You should build on it for the future! Let your people be inspired
by this! Thanks! For being here! With love ... " On the Theatre Day
we opened the Days of Japanese Culture - the project "The sixth
season "- it was dedicated to hearing impaired people.
April 29: premiere of the performance "Shining in the night".
Production group from Japan: stage director - Yoichi Nishimura,
designer - Kazunori Watanabe, puppetry director - Miyako Kurotani.
In May Alla Semenova participated in the International Puppet
Theatre Festival in Ankara (Turkey) with the play "Vanya Datsky".
May 19: premiere of the play "Umka": stage director – S. Jelieskin,
designer - T. Tereshchenko.
season we had a lot of touring, we began to work on a new branding.
We live actively, and our history is written every day!