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WSD2017|Return to Father.
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Vladimir Anshon

Return to Father.

Selected Category: Space Design, Set Design

Category: Set Design, Space Design

Design Statement

Adolf Shapiro and Vladimir Anshon have a long and deep connection with Estonia, but this is the first time for them to stage an Estonian play.
In “Return to Father,” Madis Kõiv uses his unique poetic style to weave together pieces from different times, mainly focusing on the 60-year-old Homecomer’s memories about his family and home in the small town of Estonia of 1930 and 1940. It is one of the best known plays by Madis Kõiv, who has already become a classic among Estonian playwrights. “Return to Father” was first staged by Priit Pedajas at the Estonian Drama Theatre in 1993 and in the recent spirit of collaboration between the two theatres, the leading role in Shapiro’s production is played by Lembit Ulfsak, actor of the Estonian Drama Theatre. Idyll of provincial life, cloudless childhood and World War II. The debris of the family, home and memory. The living and the dead meet in one space of memories, in which time does not go in a straight line. The past fits in the keyhole of the old door, and the windows- boats sail along the river of memories.


Vladimir Anshon

Born in Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky, Russia) in 1963.
Art school and School of Art and Design in Nizhny Novgorod (1974 – 1978 – 1982) (Russia), St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy (1985 – 1990). (Russia)
The start-off of the artist’s career in the theatre coincided with the beginning of renewal of the Baltic countries and Russia.
In 1989, Anshon took the first step on the Estonian scene.
In 1991, Estonia became an independent state.
From 1989 to 2002, he worked at the Russian Theatre of Estonia in Tallinn.
Altogether, he designed more than 40 productions, of which 25 were in the Russian Theatre. Co-operated with other theaters of Tallinn, Tartu (Estonia), St. Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinburg (Russia), Riga (Latvia)
The most well known works were created in the Estonian Theatres in collaboration with the artistic director of City Theatre of Tallinn Elmo Nuganen, in conjunction with well-known theatre world Directors Adolf Shapiro (Russia) , Mladen Kiselov (USA), Vladimir Baicher (GITIS, Russia). He has participated in many international festivals and exhibitions in Estonia, Russia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, India, UK, USA, where he was repeatedly awarded prizes and diplomas.
He has also participated in Prague Quadrennial in 1995 and 1999.
In 1999, the personal thematic exposition of the artist in Prague Quadrennial was awarded the UNESCO prize for the promotion of the arts.
Member of the International Jury in Prague Quadrennial 2008.
Participated in the exhibition World Stage Designer 2013 (Cardiff, Wales)
Since 2002 until today, he works in the oldest Orthodox monastery in Estonia in the position of curator of Architectural and art projects.

Email Address: anshon-old@yandex.com

Theatre Company Tallinn City theatre. Estonia

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-09-16

The Premiere Space of Production Heaven Theatre. Tallinn City theatre

Author Madis Kõiv

Director/ Choreographer Adolf Shapiro (Moscow)

Set Designer Vladimir Anshon

Lighting Designer Emil Kallas

Costume Designer Reet Aus

Sound Designer Riina Roose, Jaak Jürisson

Other Creative Collaborator/s Raivo Põldmaa - general manager, Dramaturge - Toomas Kall. video - Vladimir Anshon, Production team:
Mart Saar, production manager
Tiit Villemsoo, scene department manager
Ene Palu, costume department manager
Terje Kessel-Otsa, senior prop manager