The Theatrum Mundi independent research laboratory was conceived and created in 2007 by two culturologists and art critics, Yulia Liderman and Maria Neklyudova, as an educational project designed to help graduates and postgraduates of the Russian State Humanitarian University learn more about the possibilities of theatrical theory. However, the pedagogical framework of the project soon proved to be too limiting, and the laboratory evolved into a platform for cross-disciplinary studies and intellectual discussions. This was facilitated by the project's departure from university confines - thanks first to a website (http://theatrummundi.ru), then thanks to a series of public seminars held in the Avant-garde Center in 2014, and, from 2015 on, at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre as a program of the School of Contemporary Spectators and Listeners.
Permanent laboratory participants Valery Zolotukhin, Olga Astakhova, Olga Roginskaya, Galina Shmatova, Olga Annanurova, Varvara Sklez and many others, focus on theoretical concepts that determine the ways that we approach contemporary art. This may include Hans-Thies Lehmann's Postdramatic Theatre, Erika Fischer-Lichte's Performativity Aesthetics, or the theories and practices of Jerzy Grotowski, as well as a number of other, sometimes less obvious, positions. The main thing is that dialogue occurs among researchers and practitioners, "actors" and spectators, and representatives of different disciplines who do not always share points of view. http://theatrummundi.ru/