To Kill the Emperor

19:00 — 21:30
Faberge Museum 21 Fontanka River emb., St. Petersburg

A stage version of a contemporary Chinese drama resulting from a creative union of Russian and Chinese actors led by a Russian director. A harmonious synthesis of theatre and literature, Eastern dance and music, poetry and experimental Chinese calligraphy creates a unique interpretation of the play by Nobel laureate Mo Yan about an attempted assassination of the first ever Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang. This theatrical version is beyond the scope of a pure Chinese legend – it is a story of a person who needs to get to know himself and make an important decision.

The performance will be subtitled in Chinese.

Key participants:

  • Yulia Mylnikova, creative producer of the show; Director of the Confucius Institute, St.Petersburg State University, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies, St. Petersburg State University (Russia);
  • Nelly Akhmadullina, art director of the show; Distinguished Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, Deputy Art Manager-Director at the Academic Maly Drama Theatre (Theatre of Europe) (Russia);
  • Artur Kozin, director of the play; Academic Maly Drama Theatre (Theatre of Europe);
  • Anvar Gumarov, designer of the play; Chief Designer, Kommissarzhevskaya Theatre (Russia);
  • Denis Solntsev, lighting designer of the play; winner of the Golden Mask Award, Baltic House Festival Theatre (Russia);
  • Luo Lei, artist and calligrapher. His works are exhibited in private collections in China and Russia, as well as in the collections of the State Hermitage ("The Book as Art") (PRC);
  • Oleg Ryazantsev, actor of the Academic Maly Drama Theatre (Theatre of Europe) (Russia);
  • Evgenia Igumnova, theatre, TV, and film actress, voice artist, Distinguished Artist of Russia, winner of the Golden Spotlight Prize (Russia).
  • Xie Xiaocao — musician.