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The first in Belarus family 3D show Once Upon a Time in a Big City performed in Minsk

May 29, 2018

Large scale premiere of the first in Вelarus family 3D show Once Upon a Time in a Big City was organized on the stage of the National Trade Unions Palace. The plot of the performance is based on a fantastic story by F.Dostoyevsky The Boy at Christ on the Christmas Tree adapted in the Belarusian language by Family inclusive theater «і» (CITi).

«Over 2 years velcom as one of the initiators of the establishment of the theatre supported its shows, – noted Nikolay Bredelev, head of velcom PR. – It is pretty relatable to us as the largest telecom operator in the country that the theatre decided to perform quite a technologic show bringing in elements of Belarusian culture. We plan to further promote creation of inclusive society that accepts people as they are irrespective of the peculiarities of their behavior and diagnosis».

There has been no analogues of Once Upon a Time in a Big City in Belarus before. Over 100 actors including special kids were engaged in production of the large scale performance. One of the highlights of the show was that some children acted on the same stage with their parents. The show also featured a rotating stage and 3D decorations.

«It is already fifth show produced by our theatre over last 2 years and probably it is the most complicated from artistic and technologic point of view, – noted Iryna Pushkareva, art director of CITi. – We have not just coauthoured the play based on the famous story by F.Dostoyevsky, but we took our utmost to add a piece of Belarusian culture, i.e. Belarusian language, customs and traditions».

The premiere of the first in Belarus family 3D performance was a success, over 600 people came to watch it. A special guest of the event was Hans Salemink, director of Dutch Kazou Theatre for adult actors with autism.

«Over 28 years I’m professionally engaged with adult actors with autism but I never saw something what CITi does. 2 years ago when I came to Minsk for the first time to learn more about the theatre, I could not even differentiate all special actors, – noted Hans Salemink. – It is indeed unique how they cope with socialization of special children in this theatre. I do hope that in future we will be able to produce a joint project of two theatres. We are now negotiating it».

According to the management of the theatre show Once Upon a Time in a Big City considering its technologic complexity can be adopted practically to any theatrical stage. That is why in future the show is planned to be demonstrated in regional cities.