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Les Kurbas State Centre for Theatre Arts, Kiev

The Les’ Kurbas State Centre for Theatre Arts, created by a decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on December 12, 1994, began its work in 1996. The center takes into account new practices of the contemporary cultural world, which foresees the "totality" of function, an easy interchangeability of "elements", the parallel development of theory and practice, and the principles of multi-levelness and simultaneity.

The Centre consists of three divisions: scholarly-research, culturalogical, and artistic-theatrical search laboratories. Preference is given to the generation of ideas, to young talents and new methods and methodologies, and to experimentation in the broadest of artistic realms (it is impossible to research theatre today outside of a unified artistic context). The Centre aims to provoke experimentation and to create globally-constructive models for Theatre as a builder of a national spiritual environment, featuring a new Language. The intellectual thought of a new Ukraine and its culturology and art research, should reintegrate themselves into the European and world contexts from which they were separated for well-known historical reasons.

The Centre's activities include five strategic directions:

1. The development of a contemporary dialogical model: Ukrainian culture - world culture.
2. The writing of the history of 20th century Ukrainian theatre in the context of world artistic culture, through the utilization of new methodologies.
3. The creation of a wide-ranging system of culturalogical projects as a mechanism for the reintegration of national culture into the world context.
4. The formation of innovative models for theatrical and artistic education.
5. Analysis of state cultural policy, proposals of alternative and innovative cultural forms.


The Les’ Kurbas Centre is an open ground collaborating with artists and sciences from 27 countries. It subscribes to a well-known physicist's formula for "insane ideas". Come, fantasize, roll up your sleeves and work. It is your destiny to live in the third millennium, begin today. 40 books, 22 international scientific conferences, 70 performances and education projects on directing, dramaturgy and choreography are the results of centre’s work until now. 

NELLI KORNIYENKO

Director of the Les' Kurbas Centre Kiev Ukraine

 

She holds a doctorate in art criticism. Member-correspondent of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts, laureate of the Les’ Kurbas Prize, and Chevalier of the Order of Princess Ol’ha. Candidate’s dissertation is entitled "Les' Kurbas, the Director", doctoral dissertation is entitled "Theatre as a Diagnostic Model of Society. Some Universal Mechanisms of the Self-Organization of Artistic Systems". Has worked at the Sociology Division of the Institute of the Theory and History of the Arts (Moscow) and at UNESCO United Publishers (Moscow-Paris). From 1992 on has lived in Ukraine and is employed by the National Academy of Sciences and the Les’ Kurbas Centre. Author of close to 200 scholarly works, including the following monographs and books: Theatre Today-Theatre Tomorrow, Les’ Kurbas: A Rehearsal of the Future, Ukrainian Theatre at the Brink of the Third Millennium: A Search (Images of the World, Valuable Orientations, Language. Prognosis, Gordon Craig and his Theory of “Ideal Theatre”, Ukrainian Theatre of the 1920s-1990s (The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, London-New York, Toronto), Hryhorii Skovoroda: Hypothesis on Happiness, Olena Rerykh’s Noosphere, Mass and Elite Culture in the “Interior” of Post-Modernism. Special interests include national cultures (Armenian, Abkhazi, Assyrian, Jewish, Uzbek, Roma, Lithuanian, among others). Has lectured in the US, Canada, Poland, Israel, Russia, and elsewhere. Works at an intersection of disciplines: art criticism, the sociology of art culture, culture studies, synergetics, semiotics, and hermeneutics. Has been translated into 32 languages.