Photo by Andrey Bezukladnikov

Episode II. Boris Filanovsky

An opera series over five evenings with music by six composers
Director: Boris Yukhananov
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Duration: 2 hours with one intermission

The premiere took place in 15 June 2015.

Drillalians. Episode I
Drillalians. Episode III
Drillalians. Episode IV
Drillalians. Episode V

The opera tells about the birth, initiation and adventures of a Drillalian Prince. According to the laws of Drillalia, this all occurs simultaneously in the future, the present and the past – time frames and events intertwine whimsically in the young man’s maturingconsciousness.

We are on the second deck of a gondola barge, where the true tale of the Last Drillaliet begins amid sacred rituals. Oblivious to his past, having lost contact with Drillalia, he suddenly awakens and experiences total recall while having breakfast in his Moscow kitchen. As a result, he prepares to return to his Drillalian homeland.

The performance is accompanied by English-language supertitles.

Drillalians in cinemas

The Stanislavsky Electrotheatre's production of Drillalians begins showing in cinemas worldwide in high-quality video in April 2018. The screenings are the work of the Stage Russia HD project. Stage Russia will show the first two parts of the six-part opera series (music by Dmitri Kourliandski and Boris Filanovsky) as a single film in various cities throughout the United States, Britain and Ireland. The list of cinemas where Drillalians I and II will be shown is constantly updated on the project website. For more information, visit here

It is very easy to watch — it requires no strain at all. It has a language that belongs to a certain community, a language that I want to speak. I understand that no one worked overtime to impress me, frighten or shock me, but just wanted to give us all a beautiful gift, one that may be accessible only to a few people. - Gleb Aleinikov, director
... the noosphere surely thanks Yukhananov – the scale and significance of the experiment he has undertaken is difficult to overestimate. It is not so much that Russian composers participate in an elegant summer festival at the Electrotheatre – they actually create a collective text. - Vadim Rutkovsky,


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