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Andriy  Zholdak

Andriy Zholdak

Andriy Zholdak studied and trained as theatre director at Anatolii Vasylievs studio in Moscow. He has a longstanding interest in cinematography (Fellini, Bergman, Parajanov, Tarkovsky) and pictorial art; these arts had had a significant impact upon his style as a director.

His performances were presented in more than 30 countries of Europe, Asia and America including those staged in the framework of prestigious festivals. Many of his performances were recognized at various theatre competitions: Anna Karenina in Finland, Metamorphose in Germany, opera Eugene Onegin in Russia, Othello?! in Romania, Elektra in Macedonia, and others. From 2004, he has lived and resided in Berlin permanently and has cooperated with the leading theatres of Germany, Russia, Romania, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, etc. He has also developed his concepts of theatre theory: Universal Artist and Quantum Theatre of the Future. Andriy Zholdak regularly holds lectures on theory of theatre and practical workshops in the UK, Holland, Spain, Germany, Finland, France, Japan, Brazil, and Russia.

Andriy Zholdak staged Donizettis Lelisir damore (Grand Theatre Poznan, 2018), Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen (Hungarian Theatre in Cluj Napoca, 2017), Solaris after the novel by Stanislav Lem (coproduction of the Vienna Festival and Macedonian National Theatre, 2016), opera King Kandaules by Alexander von Zemlinsky (Flemish National Theatre, 2016), On the Other Side of the Curtain after Chekhovs Three Sisters (Alexandrinsky Theatre, 2016), Zholdak Dreams: Feelings Thieves after Carlo Goldoni (Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, 2015), Metamorphosis after Franz Kafka (Oberhausen State Theatre, 2014), Electra (Macedonian National Theatre, 2014), opera Mirandolina by Bohuslav Martinů (Giessen State Theatre, 2014), Madame Bovary after Gustave Flaubert (St Petersburg Repertoire Theatre, 2013), opera Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Mikhailovsky Theatre, 2012), The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov (Turku City Theatre, 2012), Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov (Klockricke Theatre, Helsinki, 2011), Mephisto after the novel by Klaus Mann (Uppsala City Theatre, 2011), The Idiot after Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Oberhausen Theater, 2011), Moscow-Petushki after Venedikt Erofeev (Baltic House Theatre Festival, St Petersburg, 2010), Anna Karenina after Leo Tolstoy (Turku City Theatre, 2010), Sexus by Henry Miller (Oberhausen Theatre, 2011), Life with an Idiot after Venedikt Erofeev and Turandot by Carlo Gozzi (Radu Stanca National Theatre, 2007 and 2009), Woyzeck by Georg Büchner (Ukrainian and German co-production, 2008), Lenin Love. Stalin Love based on the novel Yellow Prince by Vasyl Barka (co-production of the Agency Culture-Europe and Cherkasy Drama Theatre, 2008), Moscow. Psycho (School of Modern Play, Moscow, 2008), Carmen. Exodus and Phaedra (Theatre of Nations, Moscow, 2007 and 2006), Traumspiele. Sketches by August Strindberg (Lucerne Opera and Drama Theatre, 2005), Medea in the City based on Euripides (Volksbühne Theater, Berlin, 2005), and other productions.

  • POSZT Awards For the Best Performance, For the Best Lead Role and For the Best Scenography for the performance Rosmersholm (Hungary, 2018)
  • Award For the Best Lead Role for the International Mess Festival (Daria Rizova as Electra in Elektra; Skopje, 2017)
  • Awards For the Best Director and For the Best Macedonian Performance for the Vojdan Cernodrinski Theatre Festival for the production Electra (Prilep, 2015)
  • Awards For the Best Director and For the Best Macedonian Performance for the Antique Drama Festival STOBI for the production Electra (2015)
  • Critics Award Best Director for the production Metamorphosis in Oberhausen Theatre (2015)
  • Awards The Best Opera Director and The Best Opera Production for the Russian National Theatre
  • Festival Golden Mask for the production of the opera Eugene Onegin (2014)
  • THALIA Prize For the Best Finnish Performance for the production Anna Karenina (2010)
  • Ukrainian Order of Merit: Third Class (2009)
  • UNESCO Prize for the Performing Arts (2004)
  • Honoured Worker of the Arts Industry of Ukraine (2004)
  • Award The Best Director for the Sibiu Festival (2002)
  • Audience Award for the Festival Golden Lion (Lviv, 2002)
  • UNITER Gala Prize For the Best Romanian Performance for the production Othello?! (2002)
  • MOT Festival Critics Award for the production Hamlet. Dreams (Skopje, 2002)
  • Award for Marek Okopiński Festival in Torun For the Best Experimental Performance for the production Seagull (2002)
  • Critics Award at the BITEF festival for the production Three Sisters (Belgrade, 2000)


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