#MoscowBoys
#MoscowBoys
World premiere — Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK) August 8th 2016.

Russian Premiere — Helikon Opera (Moscow) September 16th 2016.
MoscowBoys is a musical project of Moscow theatre L'Atelier

Born as a result of a creative cooperation between the producer Elshan Mamedov and director\choreographer Igor Orshulyak the project is unique for the Russian stage. It was a milestone decision to drive away from a popular "musicians joke" genre and to make a real dramatic show where the story is told by the music, where all genres of artisitc performance are combined: dance, mime, circus.

The actors tap dance, roller skate, dance in different styles, make acrobatic tricks while playing live.
Fringe festival photos (August 2016)
«MoscowBoys» is an unbelievable mix of a live concert and a dramatic show. The actors play live, combining the genres, music eras and styles. Why come and see it? These 75 minutes of absolute fun are able to inspire, energize and set you free!
«MoscowBoys» is an unbelievable mix of a live concert and a dramatic show. The actors play live, combining the genres, music eras and styles. Why come and see it? These 75 minutes of absolute fun are able to inspire, energize and set you free!

Our four musicians - Grigory Goryachev (cello), Alexey Zavgorodnyy (violin), Pavel Tsvetkov (violin) and Timur Murakaev (viola) are a classical string quartet which challenges the most profound imagery of classics. Why one should play music only ceremoniously sitting on a chair? Why can't Tchaikovsky meet Timberlake in a single theme? Everything is possible when you are as talented and masterful in music, dramatic performance, choreography and acrobatics as they are.
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Elshan Mamedov, producer

Founder and artistic director of theatre L'Atelier (The Independent Theatre Project), the biggest Russian private theatre. Doesn't play by the rules of either mainstream or underground and makes it his essential rule. Only does what he loves and loves what he does. Every opening night is an adventure. The biggest recent adventure has been the creating of a new musical theatre genre, where the parts are played by the musicians not only able to perform in masterly fashion but also dance, move and act in a first-class manner.
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Elshan Mamedov, producer

Founder and artistic director of theatre L'Atelier (The Independent Theatre Project), the biggest Russian private theatre. Doesn't play by the rules of either mainstream or underground and makes it his essential rule. Only does what he loves and loves what he does. Every opening night is an adventure. The biggest recent adventure has been the creating of a new musical theatre genre, where the parts are played by the musicians not only able to perform in masterly fashion but also dance, move and act in a first-class manner.
Excerpt from the interview to TEATRALL.RU:

Igor, guys and I spoke a lot about the unique qualities of our projects - when we were creating the concept and when we were making the show itself. But the thought "Are we really that unique?" has always been there. I frequently travel to Europe and see what's new on the world theatre stage. There's the Internet, of course - we are more or less integrated into the world processes. But there's always a risk that you've missed something, that there's someone who did something before you and you just don't know. The Edinburgh Fringe festival has put a full stop to our doubts - nobody does that. In one of the reviews, the author wrote: "Nо category in the Fringe brochure really describes what the Moscow Boys get up to onstage..." And that was a very experienced critic from one of the main Scottish publishing houses - The Herald. To be treated as unique by the Edinburgh critics and audience is even more important for us than Russian colleagues and spectators (no offence!). Why so? All the new and unexpected is yearly brought to the Fringe stages. The European public is well adapted to experimental formats such as this, and yet our project has been unanimously accepted as the first of a kind. Of course, it's very important for me as a producer.

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Plot, direction, choreography

Igor Orshulyak

Igor has become famous as a choreographer of the ice-skating TV-shows of Russian "First channel", he created a lot of numbers for the world-known champions. Dancers, actors, skaters — he's able to find understanding with everyone, he inspires them and gives them the drive. MoscowBoys is his second show, which has already gained international acclaim.
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Plot, direction, choreography

Igor Orshulyak

Igor has become famous as a choreographer of the ice-skating TV-shows of Russian "First channel", he created a lot of numbers for the world-known champions. Dancers, actors, skaters — he's able to find understanding with everyone, he inspires them and gives them the drive. MoscowBoys is his second show, which has already gained international acclaim.

Excerpt from the interview to the l'Atelier journal: about the show choreography:

The show consists of different music parts, the plot evolves and the movement points, as well as the dance, depend on the sense of what's going on onstage. In one part the basis is the classical movement, in another - it's modern music. If it's a tap dance music - fine, the guys should tap dance then. Suddenly an image of a flight, speed emerged - we used roller skates. We read and hear sometimes - "here you have acrobatic tricks, what is it after all - circus, eccentric or even a ballet?" What's the difference in how you call it? It's all music: the dance is the music of the body, the music is the dance of the sound. We make sounds and move? Why bother trying to find the right words for it? The main thing is your love to what you do, then you want to go, extending the boundaries, being surprised and surprising others. This is the joy and only this is development. On second thought though, it's only logical that people try to find the right words: we have extended the boundaries of "normal" - people settle themselves in these boundaries, to some it's more comfortable to operate with words, to some - with emotions.

About the music
Broadwayworld.com interview:

About the music
Broadwayworld.com interview:

This is a music show and the music isn't parted from what's going on in the scene. It is not an illustration, but a language in which the story is told. The staging director of the show carefully chose the compositions that would reflect the sense and inner spirit of each part of the show.

If we just name the songs and the authors of the songs, not bearing the previous passage in mind, the picture would be somewhat eclectic: Alexandr Borodin - "Polovetsian Dance" fromPrince Igor, Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera ("Angel of Music ", "Music of the night", "Down this murderer"), Piotr Tchaikovsky - "Valse of flowers" from The Nutcracker, The Beatles - "Girl", John Barry and Monty Norman - Theme from James Bond film From Russia with Love, Russian "Kadril'" dance, Justin Timberlake - "SexyBack", Shakira - "Objection (Tango)", Pink Floyd - "Money" and much, much more...

The idea was to make the whole more than the sum of its parts, to make an original music painting. It is like a painting - there are a lot of colours, shapes and they all form one composition with its own sense.
The Herald interview:
Our idea is to tell the stories via music, to make the music a story-telling instrument. But we wanted to go a bit further and added dancing and eccentric tricks to these stories.

We love it so much, because it is interesting to us too - every well-known piece of music is a whole new world that can be explored and combined with other worlds. You can say that Moscow Boys - our Fringe show - is an ode of love to music.


EDINBURGH
PRESS REVIEWS:
EDINBURGH
PRESS REVIEWS:
"Nо category in the Fringe brochure really describes what the Moscow Boys get up to onstage – but let's settle on Dance, since they do a lot of it. Tap-dancing, salsa, high-kicks hoofing – to say nothing of a spot of nifty roller-blading... Snatches of comedy sketches add another goofy string to all four bows, meanwhile the quartet seem to have a routine for every time signature, every key shift from major to minor, every mood from romantic to funk. They end up drenched in sweat – we leave, still grinning and amazed by their energy and versatility."

Mary Brennan, THE HERALD, 22.08.2016



"We're almost as exhausted as they are, having watched such vigorous movement delivered without dropping a note. A classical music concert filled with such happy foolishness isn't for everyone, but it's hard not to get caught up in the performers' sheer enthusiasm. All four are clearly musicians of merit, but not satisfied with merely plying their craft, the Moscow Boys have created a mayhemic show that never slows."

Kelly Apter
, THE SCOTSMAN, 26.08.2016



"Making their Edinburgh debut, the poster for the "MoscowBoys" implies plenty of music, played with high energy. But just how much energy is truly jaw dropping. Has a string quartet ever moved so much whilst rarely dropping a note? ...It's hard not to come out grinning from one to the other. In a grey world, the Moscow Boys are an exhausting rainbow."

Kirsten Waller, TVBomb , 11.08.2016



"Okay, the name's at least a tad ironic. But MoscowBoys sounds like a boyband for a reason: they're a Russian string quartet who mix classical music with puppyish energy and moves that would put Backstreet Boys to shame. It's co-produced by Aurora Nova, better known for a more challenging brand of international performance. But Moscow Boys' presence on their lineup feels like a riposte to all the cheesy stereotypes that gather round populist classical music... And there's some gorgeous clowning and physical theatre, too, culminating in a sequence where they rip through a Phantom of the Opera medley on rollerblades, before skating backwards into sepulchral darkness."

Alice Savile, FESTMAG , 14.08.2016



"I can confirm that yes, it's all live, and all note-perfect... Musically we get everything from Tchaikovsky to Timberlake, and on the whole it just flows seamlessly together as if originally written that way. There's not a sheet of music or music stand in sight, so extra kudos to the quartet for merging so many pieces of music together and learning it all so well they can perform it while dancing – this really is impressive stuff."

Stive Griffin, edinburgh49.org , 15.08.2016



MOSCOW
PRESS REVIEWS:


MOSCOW
PRESS REVIEWS:
"It's impossible not to fall under the charm of these four guys, of this dramatic full-scale show. It's unbelievable and unthinkable what they do onstage... By the end of the evening the skirts under their jackets were wet to the skin, but they were still smiling and the music went on and on. Wonderful music. And you didn't want to leave. ...they came (the new generation). Multi-tasking, handsome, strong. They are onstage now. And you don't need to ask them to finish at least something. They are bored to do one thing at a time. They don't slack. They are the others. They are prepared to work, invent, create, rehearse, risk, surprise and repeat again and again. Multi-tasking and synthetic genres rule. New time has come and what's the point to oppose them?"

Polina Sanaeva, Snob.ru 09.2016


Selected events, shows, tours and festivals:

Moscow Metropol. The winners' award ceremony of IV international contest n.a. Sergey Mikhalkov

State Kremlin palace. Moscow. Olympic winners ball. Greeting routine for gold medal winner Victor An

Moscow RAMT. The opening of the winners' award ceremony of Dynasty Fund "Enlighteners"

Vladikavkaz. Participation in the charity programme of the Bank of Moscow "Theatres to the kids of Beslan"



Moscow Helicon Opera. Participation in the world renown programme of "The Bat" - count Orlovsky ball

Moscow VDNKH. Moscow-24 channel festival "Inspiration". Theatre - Favourites.

Moscow Hermitage garden. Theatre March festival.

Moscow Lenfilm. Evening dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the first Russian cinema show.


Sochi. Circus winners' award ceremony "Master".

Edinburgh.UK Fringe festival - 20 MoscowBoys shows in a month.

Limassol. Cyprus. Russian culture days at Cyprus.

Imatra. Finland. Black and white theare festival

Moscow. Manege expocentre. Night of the theatres.

Selected events, shows, tours and festivals:

Moscow Metropol. The winners' award ceremony of IV international contest n.a. Sergey Mikhalkov

State Kremlin palace. Moscow. Olympic winners ball. Greeting routine for gold medal winner Victor An

Moscow RAMT. The opening of the winners' award ceremony of Dynasty Fund "Enlighteners"

Vladikavkaz. Participation in the charity programme of the Bank of Moscow "Theatres to the kids of Beslan"

Moscow Helicon Opera. Participation in the world renown programme of "The Bat" - count Orlovsky ball

Moscow VDNKH. Moscow-24 channel festival "Inspiration". Theatre - Favourites.

Moscow Hermitage garden. Theatre March festival.

Moscow Lenfilm. Evening dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the first Russian cinema show.

Sochi. Circus winners' award ceremony "Master".

Edinburgh.UK Fringe festival - 20 MoscowBoys shows in a month.

Limassol. Cyprus. Russian culture days at Cyprus.

Imatra. Finland. Black and white theare festival

Moscow. Manege expocentre. Night of the theatres.
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Shantel. MoscowBoys at the "Shabolovka 37 Club" show. Kultura TV-Channel



MoscowBoys at Lenfilm



MoscowBoys. Theatre n.a. E. Vakhtangov.


MoscowBoys. Part of the show. Dance of the little swans


MoscowBoys - Forth Bridge. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 05-29 August 2016



MoscowBoys at the "Vokrug Smeha" show. 1 Channel


MoscowBoys and Eilenkrig Crew. "Shabolovka 37 Club" show. Pink Floyd "Money".



MoscowBoys at the "Patsanki" reality show, 2nd season, 16 episode finale.




MoscowBoys. Sirtaki/ Edinburgh, Fringe Festival, August 2016


Regarding International tours and events please contact:

Sergey Spivak +7-926-559-11-39 (also at WhatsApp, Telegram)

Sergey@teatrntp.ru