Boris Yukhananov is a director, a theoretician of theatre, video, film and television production, a novelist, poet, artist and educator. He graduated from the Voronezh State Institute of Arts, specializing in acting for theatre and cinema (1979), and from GITIS (Russian Theatre Arts Academy), specializing in theatre direction in the studio of Anatoly Efros and Anatoly Vasilyev (1986). While studying at GITIS he worked as an assistant director for Efros on Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1983) and for Vasilyev on Viktor Slavkin’s Cerceau (Taganka Theatre, 1983-1985). He created Theatre-Theatre, the U.S.S.R.’s first independent theatre company, in 1985. He was a co-founder of the Parallel Cinema film movement (1986), which was known under the name of CINE FANTOM (it comprised a journal, newspaper, festival, film studio and distributor, as well as the first Russian film club). Yukhananov’s video works include The Mad Prince video novel in 1000 cassettes (1986-1993), Uncontrolled for Anybody (1995), Da! Dauny.../Yes! Downs...(1997), a documentary video-mystery titled Edification/ Nazidanie (2017) and others.
Yukhananov began teaching at the Leningrad Free University in 1988, the Free Moscow Academy in 1989, and at the Studio of Individual Direction (from 1988 to the present). He ran a directing and acting course at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts from 1997 to 2002. He was a co-founder of the St. Petersburg Small Ballet, the city’s first independent ballet troupe. He was the author and director of the theatre research projects known under the name of Laboratory of Angelic Direction (2002-2004) and LaboraTORIA: Golem (2002-2009).
Since 1986 Yukhananov has staged over 40 productions on various stages in Moscow (the School of Dramatic Art, the Young Generation Theatre, the National Youth Theatre and others), St. Petersburg (The Hermitage Theatre), Kiev (Theatre of Drama and Comedy), Vilnius (Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania), London (Southwark Playhouse), and other cities. These productions include:The Observer by Alexei Shipenko (1988), Octavia, based on texts by Seneca and Lev Trotsky (1989), The Orchard project (1990-2001), a reconstructive production of Denis Fonvizin’s The Minor (1999), Faust (1999-2008), the opera Sverliytsy/ Drillalians. Episode I (2012) and The Constant Principle (first redaction, 2013). Yukhananov was appointed artistic director of the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in 2013. Under his guidance, the theatre was completely reconfigured and reconstructed as a multicultural space for the contemporary world. In this new venue, Yukhananov mounted three massive productions, a three-day interpretation of Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Blue Bird, the five-day opera series Sverliytsy/Drillalians, and The Constant Principle, second redaction, based on Pedro Calderon and Alexander Pushkin (all projects in 2015). The Golden Ass project is conducted in a manner that is completely new for Russian theatre: the genre of the open-circuited workspace. And Galileo. Opera for Violin and Scientist (2017) and Octavia.Trepanation. Under Yukhananov’s direction, the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre has become a space that supports and encourages daily interaction among people who are interested in every aspect of culture.