The future will show what the theater of the future will be like because there is no vacuum. You cannot find a way to the theater of the future. Speaking today about Russian contemporary theater, we say: Is a person ready to go to prison for 6 years? Is a person ready to sacrifice their own life? Theaters today have to make a decision that runs counter to the ethics of art: to be state or political. Being state-owned means not having the right to react to what is happening, to society, to politics, to culture. To be autonomous and political is to take risks and constantly fend off attacks from the state and haters. This is not a working format. As soon as you try to react with the theater to events, you can sit down on any chosen article. Theater in Russia is a privilege. People have nothing to eat and they have a demand for survival, not for theater. It is naive to believe that the theater will change Russia. But this is a good tool for the growth of self-awareness and space for concentration.
Manifesto of the Merak theater