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WSD2017|The Seagull
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

The Seagull

Selected Category: Space Design, Set Design

Category: Set Design, Space Design

Design Statement

The production was created for the 120-th anniversary of Chekhov's play, in the very place where it was written. Space of Chekhov's estates in Melikhovo, as in a mirror, is reflected in the places of action of the play. Therefore, our task was to materialize the past, present and future of this substance with the name of "The Seagull". In the prologue, the audience had the opportunity to enter into a small outbuilding and touch the green fabric of writer's work desk. Then, they go on a journey from the past to the future: from civilization оf Word - to the civilization of digits. Between the third and the fourth the action takes place 120 years and that at the beginning of the play was a living reality - in the fourth act is transformed into museum exhibits inside the “Chroma key pavilion”. Verbal tissue of plays break down into numbers, as in the theater of the absurd Eugen Ionescu.


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 The State A. Chekhov's literary-memorial Museum-Reserve (Melikhovo), theater

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-06-13

The Premiere Space of Production Open-air, the State A. Chekhov's literary-memorial Museum-Reserve

Author A. Chekhov

Director/ Choreographer Vladimir Baicher

Set Designer Vladimir Anshon

Lighting Designer Maksim Dmitrijev

Costume Designer Anna Jefimova

Sound Designer Vladimir Baicher, Tatjana Voronina, Vladimir Golovanov

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Vladimir Anshon

Other Creative Collaborator/s The artist-engineer - Ivan Milyaev, director for plastics - Vladimir Ananiev,
oratorio director - Tatyana Voronina, designer makeup artist - Sophia Bulycheva, Photo, Video - Vladimir Anshon,
Coordinator - Daria Salmina, producer - Evgeniya Maslova