Andriy Zholdak, Direction
Andriy Zholdak, born in Kiev in 1962, is a Ukrainian director. He was educated at Anatoli Vassiljevs Theatre School in Moscow. His longtime affinity with movies and Fine Arts were strong influences on his development and his style as a director. He names Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Sergei Paradschanow and Andrej Arsenjevitch Tarkowski amongst his artistic idols.
Andriy Zholdak who is mostly responsible for the stage and costume designs of his productions as well was highly successful as the Artistic Director of Charkiv’s Taras Shevtchenko Theatre from 2002 till 2005. No less than five of his successful stagings were invited to major international festivals.
Andriy Zholdak moved to Berlin in 2005. His work as a freelace director led him to numerous stages all over Europe. His practical work as a director was the origin of his theories about the Universal Artist and his Quantentheater der Zukunft, a vision he has promoted in many lectures and workshops.
His directorial work was honored widely. Andriy Zholdak received the UNESCO Performing Arts Award in 2004 and Russia’s most prestigious prize, the Golden Mask, in 2014. The prize winning production was his staging of Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin at St. Peterburg’s Michailovsky Theatre. His dramatic version of Kafka’s Die Verwandlung was honored with the Oberhausener Theaterpreis in 2015, and his Electra, produced at the Macedonian National Theatre in Skopje, was awarded with four prizes altogether. He was invited to present the premiere of his stage version of Stanislav Lem’s Solaris at the Vienna Festival in 2016.
His highly successful production of Eugen Onegin has deepened Andriy Zholdaks interest in operatic work. Two remarkable, multi-layered stagings of lesser know operas were acknowledged by audiences and press recently. He staged Martinu’s Mirandolina in Giessen und Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules for the Vlaamse Opera. He will return to St. Petersburg to direct Bizet’s Carmen.