Paying tribute to Russian culture

For the 70th birthday of one of the greatest actors of contemporary Russian theatre and cinema, the beloved ALEXANDER KALYAGIN, a special show featuring some of the best performers worldwide was put together.

Whole cast and crew of the show

Directed by Robert Sturua (a master of direction from the world most important theatrical pieces to the grandiose Bolshoi Theatre operas) and produced by legendary David Smelyansky in the unique MOSCOW THEATRE ET CETERA, this evening has been a high emotion present to the celebrated and the exclusively VIP audience that attended the event.

Russian President Vladimir Putin organized a reception at the Kremlin for Mr Kalyagin a few hours before the special evening.

Erika Lemay has been invited to perform two different acts: Dance on Hands and Tornado

Erika Lemay performing her awarded act DANCE ON HANDS at the MOSCOW THEATRE ET CETERA under the direction of ROBERT STURUA  for celebration of ALEXANDER KALYAGIN's 70th birthday.

With Yegor Druzhinin in his costume of ring master

With Yegor Druzhinin in his costume of ring master

Theatre ET Cetera /  Театр Et Cetera п/р Александра Калягина

ALEXANDER KALYAGIN thanking Erika for her presence and performances at the aftershow reception

ALEXANDER KALYAGIN thanking Erika for her presence and performances at the aftershow reception

In 1992 Kalyagin created his theatre and its history began from putting on the stage the A.P.Chekhov's play “Uncle Vanya”. The theatre’s repertoire was formed step by step, there crystallized its inimitable manner – which today without fear may be called unique, original style “Et Cetera” – the theatre which is not afraid to experiment, to start in an absolutely unknown unexperienced material, to be the pioneer. Today’s repertoire of the theatre stands out against the general background of theatrical Moscow. “Et Cetera” was the first to address to A.Jarr's play “King Ubu”, significant to all European theatres of the XX century, it has opened for Russia another not less known and significant for theatrical Europe name – French theatrical fictionist G.Feydeau and its spectacular comedy “ Luciette Gauthier, or Shoot Now!”. After multiyear interval the theatre once again turned to antecessor of Russian drama of the absurd - “Tarelkin’s Death” by Alexander Sukhovo-Kobylin. The dramatic material that the theatre managed to include for these fifteen years is impressive: beginning from the plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov to performances of contemporary dramatists, the ideologists of so called “new drama” Mikhail Ugarov and Maxim Kurochkin.

Erika performing Dance on Hands

Erika performing Dance on Hands

Such recognized stage directors as Robert Sturua and Adolf Shapiro, Alexander Morfov and Oskaras Korshunovas, Dmitri Bertman and Grigory Dityatkovsky, Roman Kozak and Alexander Galin, Mikhail Ugarov and Vladimir Pankov, Wajdi Mouawad and many others put performances on “Et Cetera” stage.

The Theatre has intense tour life. “Et Cetera” showed its performances in many cities of Russia, from Khanty-Mansiysk to Saint-Petersburg, participated in domestic and international theatrical festivals, spectators in USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, Israel applauded it.

On November 30, 2005 “Et Cetera” celebrated house-warming. A New Building on the Turgenevskaya Square – is a unique beyond compare architectural construction, original in its design and perfect in its embodiment. The Theatre is equipped with the most high theatrical technique, it has two odea, which admit 550 and 1200 persons accordingly.

Erika performing Dance on Hands

Юбилейный вечер в театре "Et Cetera" народного артиста РСФСР Александра Калягина.

Участники: Эрика Лемей (Канада) - "Танец на руках" (эквилибр), Дмитрий Григорьев и Олеся Шульга (Украина) - воздушные гимнасты на ремнях, Скейтинг Пилар (Франция) - акробаты на роликах, Анатолий Залевский (Украина, артист цирка "Дю Cолей"), дуэт "Роман и Слава" (Вячеслав и Роман Жовницкие, Украина) - артисты кабаре "Крейзи хорс", Виктор Войтко (Украина) - артист кабаре "Лидо", иллюзионист, Хуш-Ма-Хуш (Германия) -- артист кабаре "Лидо", клоун, Пьер Этекс - актёр, а также артисты театра "Et Cetera".

Erika performing Tornado

Режиссёр-постановщик -- Роберт Стуруа.

Производство - "ТВ Центр", 2012 год

Erika with Pierre Étaix who was also offering a performance in the show

Erika with Pierre Étaix who was also offering a performance in the show

Erika was personally invited by the director of the Bolshoi theatre, here from the Putin lounge

Erika was personally invited by the director of the Bolshoi theatre, here from the Putin lounge