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Ivan Popovski

Ivan Popovski

The stage director Ivan Popovski was born in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1969. In 1988, he enrolled the prestigious Russian Academy of Performing Arts (GITIS), where he studied under Peter Fomenko. Although still as a student, he directed Adventure by Marina Tsvetaeva, which was awarded for best performance of the city of Moscow in 1991. In 1992, he directed the drama Le Sculpteur des masques by Fernand Crommelynck (as his diploma thesis), which was staged by an independent art group lead by choreographer Alla Sigalova. In 1993, he directed a satire for the Phoenix Theatre in New York, The Bathhouse by Vladimir Mayakovsky, and in the following year also Alexander Blok’s play A Puppet Show, which was staged for the theatre Odéon in Paris, and later on in Moscow.
In April 1997, he directed his first opera, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Lille, France; the following year, he directed the drama Pugachev in Omsk, based on the motifs by Pushkin’s short story The Captain’s Daughter, and the poetry of Sergey Yesenin. In co-production with the Festival of Avignon, Popovski directed the performance Faust and Helena, and in 2000, he collaborated in the international project Hotel Europe. In Macedonia, Popovski directed the opening spectacle of the Ohrid Summer festival, Macédoine – Odyssey 2001, and Gogol’s Diary of a Madman. After returning to Moscow, he directed performances in the theatre workshop of Peter Fomenko, such as The Poisoned Tunic by Nikolai Gumilev, Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Popovski also directed several projects (music miniatures) for the Theatre of Music and Poetry of Elena Kamborova, such as the trilogy of P. S. Fantasies (based on the motifs of lieder by Schubert and Schumann), for which he won the grand prix of Moscow, as well as the Absinthe, The Four Seasons (Turandot Award), The Drops of the King of Denmark, and Wormwood (psychedelic concert). In January 2013, he directed the project Earth (on the music by Johann Sebastian Bach). In 2005, Popovski directed Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace for the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (during the production, he collaborated with internationally acclaimed conductor Mstislav Rostropovich). He also staged a series of acclaimed opera productions for the prestigious Opera Centre of Galina Vishnevskaya, including The Tsar’s Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Bizet’s opera Carmen, and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.
Popovski won numerous awards, including the grand prix of the BITEF Festival (best performance of the year 1997, for the production of Adventure by M. Tsvetaeva); in 2007, he was also awarded the title "honorary ambassador of culture” in Moscow on account for his promotion of the Macedonian culture and arts. The President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, awarded Popovski in 2009 the Pushkin’s order for special merits, especially for the promotion of the Russian language and culture, and in the following later, Popovski received the prestigious "golden knight” award for best direction of a children play (Alice in Wonderland by L. Carroll).

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