|Slovokhotov Vladimir Dmitrievich
Artistic Coordinator, Director of the State Satire Theatre on the Vasilievsky Island.
Born May 4th, 1955 in the village of Sergeyevka in the Krasnoyarsk region to
a family of teachers. Graduated from the Tashkent Theatre Institute as
a dramatic theatre and cinema actor in 1980.
His wife, Slovokhotova Olga Sergeyevna, born in 1954, is in charge of the
Satire Theatre's troupe. His daughter Alla Yudina, born in 1976, is a student
of the St. Petersburg Theatre Academy. His daughter Xenia Slovokhotova, born
in 1981, is a student at the Northwestern Academy of State Service under the
V.D. Slotokhotov has dedicated nearly a quarter of a century's worth of
work to theatre art. He has previously worked in the theatres of Omsk,
Petropavlovsk (Kazakhstan), Ryazan, Saransk, Tashkent and Tula. He has played
the leading roles of Krotov (in "One Love's Story"), Glumov ("For Every Sage
There's Enough Simplicity"), Lenin ("Blue Horses on Red Grass"), Nechayev
("Never Was, Never Participated") and many others, which became noteworthy
events in the theatre life of Russia's major cities.
Slovokhotov gradually began to combine his acting with theatre promotion
activities. In 1977 he became Deputy Director of the Novomoskovsky Theatre,
and here his significant organizing talents have manifested themselves. He has
gained the reputation of a man with his own unique vision of theatre art who
is able to think in unorthodox ways and to accomplish things which may seem
The Satire Theatre, founded by Slovokhotov in 1989, did not originally have
a premise of its own, but over its ten-year period of existence it has become
one of Russia's most noteworthy theatre teams. Today the theatre is an
inseparable part of St. Petersburg's and Russia's cultural landscape, and this
is largely due to Mr. Slovokhotov's efforts. The theatre's repertory consists
of world classics, as well as modern drama of various artistic schools and
currents. The theatre's plays have received Russia's highest theatre awards and
represented Russian theatre at international festivals. The theatre's unique
troupe, which includes prominent stage stars as well as talented young actors,
has been formed piece by piece through a careful selection process. The troupe
is a many-sided flexible team of artists with common professional
views, capable of accomplishing creative tasks of any degree of complexity.
The artistic policy followed by V.D. Slovokhotov allows the Theatre of
Satire to stage plays by the country's leading directors as well as by beginning
authors, whose directing careers start here. The theatre has extensively toured
Russia, the C.I.S. countries and Europe. The plays are successful among the
audiences and are highly evaluated by theatre critics. The Theatre of Satire
has developed its own unique creative methods, based on age-old humanistic
values and the traditions of Russian theatrical culture, over a short time
Slovokhotov has been awarded the "Man of the Year" title in 1998 for
his active humanitarian work.
In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and treating his numerous guests with
home-made dishes. He has patriotic feelings towards the Vasilievsky Island and
considers his grandson Andryusha to be his best friend. He has a good sense of
humour and his friends think he is a charming companion.
The State Satire Theatre on the Vasilievsky Island has been founded on
September 1, 1989. Over the past ten years the theatre has become a major factor
of St. Petersburg's cultural life and gained a high reputation throughout Russia
The theatre's repertory is dominated by comedy and farse, but serious genres
are also present. This relates to the plays created by the city's well-known
theatre directors, such as Vladimir Tumanov, Akhmat Bairamkulov and Igor Larin.
The theatre has attracted celebrities such as Roman Viktyuk (whose play titled
"Butterfly... Butterfly" was taken out of the repertory after the death of
Valentina Kovel), Rezo Gabriade (who has staged the country's great favourite
"Song of the Volga") and Andrzej Bubien, one of Poland's most popular
contemporary directors. Talented young directors, like Aleksei Yankovsky and
Adrian Rostovsky, have begun their careers here.
The Satire Theatre is organized as a producing centre. Individual stage
directors are invited here for specific stagings, and their relationships with
the theatre's administration are totally different from those in theatres that
are headed by their chief stage directors. The theatre's strategy is to create
a collection of successful plays that would suit viewers of various tastes and
levels of theatrical experience.
The theatre's troupe is quite young, its average age being 30. This gives
the theatre a certain energetic quality, creates a specific style of inter-
personal relationships within the troupe and affects its contact with the
public. The majority of troupe members combine acting with singing and dancing.
Artists like Vladimir Osobik, Aleksander Khochinsky and Valentina Kovel have
all worked in this theatre. Despite its relatively young age, the theatre has
already lost some of its important workers, but several of its present-day
troupe members by their personal example have provided the younger generation
of artists with a strong creative impulse and a high standard of artistic work
ethics. Among those are such theatre celebrities as Antonina Shuranova, Pavlina
Konopchuk, Elena Rakhlenko, Natalia Kutasova, Sergei Lysov, Aleksander Levit
and Viktor Shubin.
The Satire Theatre has become a laureate of the country's most prestigious
theatre awards. Its play "Song of the Volga" has received the Triumph and Golden
Mask awards, "Tanya - Tanya" has been awarded a Golden Sophite. The play titled
"Vassa Zheleznova" has been chosen a candidate for the Russian State Award. The
theatre has participated in international theatre festivals in Avignone and
Vale d'Oise (France), Palermo (Italy), Berlin and Helsinki. Antonina Shuranova
has received the best female role prize at the Kontakt festival in Poland for
"Vassa Zheleznova". The theatre's plays have been included into the program
of Helsinki-2000 international theatre forum.
Famous plays like "Tanya - Tanya" and "Vassa Zheleznova" are in the theatre's
current repertory. "Love Triangle", "Dangerous Ties", "Don Giovanni" and "God
Bless You!" are among the audience's favourites. "Peppi the Loose Stocking",
"The Adventures of Leopold the Cat" and "Uncle Feodor, Cat and Dog" are popular
among young spectators.
The theatre's plays are often produced abroad. Foreign producers are
attracted by the troupe's plastic and musical talents, by high-quality stage
equipment and by the theatre's unique atmosphere. They enjoy working with a
theatre team capable of making quick and effective decisions. The Theatre of
Satire has toured Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Finland and Israel.
It has also performed on various stages of Russia. The theatre's plays are
appreciated by theatre lovers in the cities of Siberia and the Altay region,
in Russia's North-West and on the Urals, in the Volga and Krasnodar regions,
as well as in Belorussia and the Baltic states. The theatre's troupe has
performed in Chechnya during the war in 1995-96. It continues to pay particular
attention towards serving the needs of the Leningrad region's audiences. The
theatre has a tradition of special performances for the region's various
governmental and professional organizations.
Ten years is certainly not an old age for a theatre, but considering that
it has started absolutely from scratch in 1989, this is an important anniversary.
Above all, it proves the theatre's ability to survive and to proceed towards the
accomplishment of its tremendous plans for the future.
The theatre's address:
Russia, 199178, St. Petersburg, Sredniy Prospekt, 48.
Telephone/fax: (7-812) 323-00-12