March,21 Mogilev opened the International Youth Theater Forum "М.art. Contact" with the farce-vaudeville "Pinskaya Shlyakhta" by Vintsent Dunin-Martsinkyevich (Belarusian: "Пінская шляхта", English: "Pinsk nobility"). The play was performed by the National Academic Drama Theatre named after Y.Kupala.
The director of the performance, Nikolai Pinigin, is known for his previous productions – “Tuteishiya” by Yanka Kupala, “Idyll” by Vintsent Dunin-Martsinkyevich, “Symon Musyka” by Yakub Kolas. "Pinskaya Shlyakhta" – is a funny but at the same time real story. The audience liked this farce-vaudeville very much. They were attracted by nice acting, music and dancing.
The performance followed the ceremony of opening of the festival. Before the opening day the directors of the forum, the international jury (famous art critics, playwrights, theatre critics from Belarus, Germany, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine) arranged a press conference. They pointed out the increasing popularity of the festival.
The Fifth Theater Forum is represented by Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Moldova, and Poland. The program of the festival includes press conferences following every performance, a master-class by Sergey Fedotov “Mikhail Chekhov’s Methodology”, the discussion “Modern Belarusian Drama. Theatrical Effectiveness. Search and prospects.” involving theater critics, the jury. The festival also includes a studio of modern drama art.
This year has restarted the tradition of the festival competition. The forum has five nominations: the Grand Prix, The Best Young Actor, The Best young Actress. Two more nominations will be defined by the jury. All the participant of the forum will be awarded with a special prize “Theater Mask” designed by Sergey Sotnikov (Vitebsk, Belarus).