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Highbrow Hangover



Don't be like these guys! 

Get some hair of the dog that bit you, and add some culture at the same time at the 2019/20 season of HIGHBROW HANGOVER.

Stage Russia is an intercultural project that films performances presented by the finest theater companies in Russia and distributes them in HD, translated and subtitled, into cinemas, arts centers and universities across the globe. 

With the help of its distribution arm, The Art Seen, they've recently added independent and original feature films into our mix, allowing us to present works of art that would otherwise be unavailable to a worldwide audience.

The core of their goals is to share the beauty and universality of Russian and Eastern European culture.

Brunch can be brought in from any number of delightful restaurants in our neighborhood.


Sunday, Oct 27
18_Count Orlov

"History Hits a High Note" – Moscow Times

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 2 h, 3 min

Creative Team

​Producers – Vladimir Tartakovskiy, Alexei Bolonin
Libretto – Yuliy Kim
Music – Roman Ignatyev
Director – Alina Chevik
Choreographer – Irina Korneeva
Set Design – Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting – Gleb Filshtinsky
Make-up – Andrey Drykin


​Count Orlov – Igor Balalaev
Elizabeth – Teona Dolnikova
Catherine II – Ekaterina Guseva
Prince Radziwill – Alexander Marakulin
Prince Golitsyn – Alexander Markelov
Domanski – Sergey Lee
Ivan – Vladislav Kiryukhin
Gypsy – Karine Asiryan

Count Orlov One sheet
Count Orlov Musical

The Moscow Operetta Theatre's "Count Orlov Musical" is a remarkable tale of love and betrayal based on one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the Russian Empire. Brilliantly told by renowned playwright and poet July Kim with music composed by Roman Ignatyev (the same team behind Anna Karenina Musical and The Count of Monte Cristo), the lavish production is set in the second half of the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great. Count Alexey Orlov, who had once contributed to Catherine’s rise to power, falls out of favor and is sent away in disgrace to Italy. While there, he meets a beautiful young woman, Elizabeth, supposedly the granddaughter of Peter the Great, who has aspirations for the Russian crown. In an attempt to win back Catherine's affection, Orlov reveals Elizabeth's plans, setting in motion a series of events that lead to an unimaginable end.

Special Admission

$10 in advance; $12 at the door.


Sunday, Nov 24
The Brothers Karamazov by Souheil Michael Khoury

​"Of the ballet choreographers making narrative works for major stages, Russian Romantic Boris Eifman is virtually the only one totally in touch with the 21st century… Eifman outpaces the zeitgeist" - Los Angeles Times

"The ballet world in search of a major choreographer need search no more. He is Boris Eifman…” - The New York Times

"Eifman’s choreography veers seamlessly between thumping ensembles and troubled, acrobatic danced monologues in which every ounce of emotion is paraded in pained limbs" – The Times (UK)

​"Boris Eifman is a theatrical magician!"  – NY Post

About the Artistic Director: Boris Eifman is considered to be one of the leading choreographers in the world. After working for 10 years at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, in 1977, he formed his own ballet ensemble, interweaving classical ballet, modern dance and ecstatic impulses to create a completely different form of choreography where self-expression becomes the subject and in which there is drama, philosophy, characters and a central idea. A distinct feature of Eifman’s theater, its trademark, is that almost all of his performances have a plot and, often, a literary source. In this way he can plunge into a realm that is familiar, all the while discovering and revealing the unexplored. His unique lexicon and conceptual, authorial interpretations are a breakthrough into that fantastic dimension where the boundlessness of inner worlds comes to life.

Text by Tatiana Boborykina

Creative Team

Choreographer, director and producer – Boris Eifman
Director of photography – Alexander Burov
Sets and costumes – Vyacheslav Okunev

Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Richard Wagner, Modest Mussorgsky


Alexey Karamazov – Dmitry Fisher
Ivan Karamazov – Sergey Volobuev
Dmitry Karamazov – Oleg Gabyshev
Grushenka – Maria Abashova
Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov – Igor Polyakov
and the dancers of Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg

The Brothers Karamazov One Sheet

The Brothers Karamazov novel is the epitome of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s creative work, the acme of the philosophic investigation carried out by this colossal and restless mind throughout his life.

World renowned choreographer Boris Eifman offers a remarkable vision of the core ideas within the novel, expanding upon them though body language as a way of exploring the origins of the moral devastation of the Karamazovs; creating through choreographic art an equivalent of what Dostoyevsky investigated so masterfully in his book, the excruciating burden of destructive passions and evil heredity. 

Special Admission

$10 in advance; $12 at the door.


Sunday, Dec 15

"Fascinating" – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Takes us places few outsiders have been in the world of dance" – Gary Naylor, Broadway World

"A joy to watch" – Charlotte Kasner, Seeing Dance

Creative Team

Director: Gerald Fox
Production Company: Asterisk Films


Natalia Osipova
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Jonathan Goddard
Natalia Makarova
Kevin O'Hare
Arthur Pita

Natalia Osipova in dressing room
Gerald Fox
82 minutes

From BAFTA winning director Gerry Fox, a portrait of dance superstar Natalia Osipova which combines unique access to the rehearsal rooms of the Royal Ballet with Natalia's contemporary dance projects, providing an unparalleled glimpse into the working life of a great dance artist.

​Presented in English.

Special Admission

$10 in advance; $12 at the door.


Sunday, Jan 19
Children of the Sun by Frol Podlesny 10

Written by Maxim Gorky

Red Torch Theatre, Novosibirsk

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 2 h, 35 min (Includes one 15 minute Intermission)

About the Director: Timofey Kulyabin is one of the most prominent young directors in Russia today. At 34, he has already staged nearly two dozen productions across the Russian Federation as well as internationally in, among many, France, Austria, Romania, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. In 2016, he was commissioned by Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre to stage Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" and in 2019 returned to the great theatre, offering up a new staging there of Dvořák's opera "Rusalka". Kulyabin's other work for Stage Russia includes a 2017 presented sign-language version of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" and a 2018 Golden Mask Award-winning staging of Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin".

Creative Team

Director – Timofey Kulyabin
Set Design – Oleg Golovko
Lighting Designer – Aleksandr Romanov
Dramaturgy – Olga Fedyanina


Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov – Pavel Polyakov
Lisa, his sister – Irina Krivonos
Elena Nikolaevna, his wife – Darya Emelyanova
Dmitriy Sergeyevich Vagin – Konstantin Telegin
Boris Nikolaevich Chepurnoy – Andrey Chernykh
Melaniya, his sister – Linda Akhmetzyanova
Fima, maid – Valeriya Kruchinina

One Sheet Children of the Sun

Written during the abortive Russian Revolution of 1905, Maxim Gorky's brilliant darkly comic "Children of the Sun" depicts the new middle-class, foolish perhaps but likeable, as they flounder, philosophize, and yearn for meaning, all while being totally blind to their impending annihilation. Multi-award-winning director Timofey Kulyabin's (Three Sisters, Onegin) modernized production, set in 1999 at Stanford University, focuses on the interplay between the characters, the relationships formed and broken, sparring over culture and the cosmos, barely sensing that their own privileged world is in jeopardy. Directed for the screen by Kulyabin and filmed from his Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Special Admission

$10 in advance; $12 at the door.