The «Golden Mask» award ceremony

On Wednesday, April 19, the Moscow Academic Music Theater after K.S. Stanislavsky and Vl.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko hosted the solemn ceremony of presenting the Russian National Theater Award «Golden Mask». Guests of the ceremony were delighted to spend a wonderful evening in one of the most modern theatrical complexes in Europe, the second largest musical theater in Russia. This year the director of the ceremony was Nina Chusova, who has staged more than 20 performances over the past few years in major theaters of the capital and abroad. The hosts of the ceremony were Anna Chipovskaya and Sergey Epishev.

The award ceremony ended the festival, which ran from February to March. All of the nominated performances were shown on different theatre stages throughout Moscow within the scope of the event. During the evening at the Music Theater after K.S. Stanislavsky and Vl.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko the main intrigue of the last few months was revealed - who will receive the most prestigious Russian theater award. The jury had to make a difficult choice from the strongest performances and the most talented actors and directors from the capital and regional theaters. Finally, the best dramatic performance was recognized the "Russian novel" of the Moscow Mayakovsky Theater, the best director of the dramatic production was named Andrei Moguchy, who staged "The Thunderstorm" at the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater. Danila Kozlovsky was recognized the best dramatic actor for the role of Hamlet in the Maly Drama Theater of in St Petersburg. The best dramatic actress was named Evgenia Simonova, who played Sophia Tolstaya in the play "Russian novel" at the Mayakovsky Theater. The best director in the opera was Richard Jones, who staged “Rodelinda” at the Bolshoi Theater, and the same production was called the best performance in the opera. In the "Ballet / Contemporary Dance" category the Mask was received by the production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater. The ceremony ended with the presentation of a special award "For outstanding contribution to the development of theater arts", which was received by such honored theatrical figures as Aigum Aygumov, Irina Bogacheva, Andrei Borisov, Rezo Gabriadze, Nikolay Marton, Oleg Tabakov and Vladimir Etush. Liparit Avetisyan, opera Singer of Armenian origin was among winners.

After the official ceremony, the award winners and guests continued the celebration at an exclusive reception. The festival’s partner, the Legendary Armenian Brandy ARARAT, which traditionally supports the most significant theatrical events of the season, was at the heart of the festive atmosphere. Guests were offered exquisite cocktails, among them, ARARAT “Golden Mask”, which was created specially for the ceremony.

This year the Golden Mask was held at 23rd time. Every year throughout more than two decades a group of professional experts from the theatre sphere annually choose the best theatrical events of the season in all kinds of theatrical art. Within the framework of the festival performances-nominees are shown on various Moscow stages, and the festival ends with a solemn ceremony of awarding.

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