The Russian Case programme was initiated by the Golden Mask Festival in 2000 as a showcase of Russian theatre. Russian Case is addressed to festival and venue programmers, presenters, theatre researchers, journalists and critics. The showcase is attended annually by some 80 guests from 25-30 countries. For many of them attending the Russian Case has become an integral part of their professional life.
The Russian Case programme presents premieres of the previous season nominated for the Golden Mask Award, as well as some of the most interesting premiers of the current season. The programme is selected by highly reputed theatre critics. In previous years the programme was shaped by Russian leading theatre critics, including Roman Dolzhansky, Marina Davydova, Elena Kovalskaya, John Freedman, Alyona Karas, Kristina Matvienko and Pavel Rudnev.
The Russian Case organizers aim to present a programme that demonstrates the trends in Russian theatre to specialists from all over the world. The Russian Case is the place for dialogue between Russian and world theatre; it provides a space for creative interaction, information and professional exchange.
In practical terms, the Russian Case has led to collaborations between Russian and foreign theatres and festivals, as well as international press coverage and articles being published in magazines and theatre journals. Russian productions are invited to international theatre festivals, and theatre directors are invited to stage productions outside of Russia; contemporary Russian plays are translated into foreign languages and performed in other countries; and so on.
For the Golden Mask Festival organizers, an important outcome of the Russian Case is that international projects of the Golden Mask are produced together with foreign partners of the Festival. Since 2004 the best Russian productions – the Golden Mask nominees and winners – are annually presented in Estonia and Latvia. In 2008 and 2011 programmes of “The Best of Russian Theatre” were presented in Lithuania. In the autumn of 2010 the Golden Mask, in collaboration with partners in Belarus, presented a festival of Russian theatre in Minsk, and since 2011 similar projects have been organized in Israel.
The 20th edition of the Russian Case will take place from 28 March until 2 April 2019.