Alexey Frandetti. Personal note…

We all love a fresh start. We quit smoking on Mondays, we promise ourselves to start going to the gym or to at least start jogging in the morning on the first of February (March, May, November…), or to finally go through all the wine bottles piled up on the porch tomorrow morning, and so on…

This site, in a way, is also an attempt at a fresh start, to turn things around 360 degrees, to head in a different direction – new and unknown. To take a road that always lay somewhere nearby, sometimes very close, but was always a different path.

This site isn’t devoted to Aleksey Frandetti the actor in theatre or on film sets (and this is why there are so little portraits or pictures of the hero on the horse, victorious over an entire regiment of enemies), but to Aleksey Frandetti the director and to my work on the other side of the stage or camera.

I’ll be honest with you. I always thought that one day, possibly in about, say, a hundred years, I would get into the director’s chair or at least try out the next seat over, but life had other plans for me. This was a rare circumstance, in which I just allowed myself to be swept up by the current, only seldomly rowing just a bit, just to not get tangled in the mire. But my current was wise and pure. Or were all those people, the ones who came into my life in the very beginning of my directoral path wise and pure?

Whether it’s Kirill Serebrennikov, who intercepted my first wild goose chase and whose initial idea it was to not have me play in “Spring Awakening the Musical” but rather to stage it; or the founder of and my first teacher at the Tashkent theatre “Ilkhom” – Mark Weil, to whom I appeal in my thoughts and ask for advice when I’m coming up with a new play; or my friend Evgeny Pisarev, who brought me to Pushkin Theatre some time ago as an actor, and then later already as a director; or my great co-authors, friends and designers Timofey Ryabushinsky, Victoria Sevryukova, Anastasia Bugaeva and Ivan Vinogradov. All these and many others help me create a new reality, the reality of MUSICAL THEATRE that I am hopelessly in love with.


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