created & directed by Alexander Kargaltsev written by Valeriy Pecheykin
Former Ukraine. In the south of Putin’s Crimea, a giant factory with chimneys is built: a Crematorium for gays. Four couples are picked to test a new machine to turn them straight. Torture, interrogation, death and cleansing in the fiery furnace await them.
Cast & Crew
Валерий Печейкин – российский драматург, сценарист. Родился в Ташкенте в 1984 году, обучался на Высших литературных курсах в Литературном институте им. А. М. Горького. Соавтор сценария фильма "Дирижер" (реж. П. Лунгин), автор пьес "Соколы" (премия "Дебют"), "Моя Москва", "Net", "Россия, вперед!", "Идиоты" по одноименному фильму Ларса фон Триера ("Гоголь-центр", реж. К. Серебренников).
Aaron (Aren) James Hooper (choreographer) was born in rural New Mexico where he began his artistic passion for dance theatre and performance art. Hooper graduated from the University of Mew Mexico in 12' and immediately moved to NYC to pursue dance. After traveling the world with 3 companies, Mr. Hooper has settled down in NYC to pursue his artistic voice through choreography with his company, DOTA Dance Theatre, as well as independent projects. Hooper is thankful for this opportunity and has grown immensely in his artistic vision within this project.
John Turiano (translator) has spent nearly six years intermittently traversing the post-soviet space, including a stint among yak herders in Central Asia and manning the diplomatic front lines at the American embassy in Moscow. A committed good governance advocate, he looks forward to a career in the non-profit sector and continuing to act as a bridge to other cultures.
Zhenya Pomerantsev (translator) was born in 1974 in Minsk, Belarus. In 1995 he moved to the U.S. and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, and NYC. Having received his PhD in German Literature from NYU in 2008, he now teaches Russian language and literature at Fordham University and writes his blog, feralgardener.com, as a hobby. This is a debut in play translation.
Masha Pekurovsky (Designer/Digital Artist) Growing up Jewish in Soviet Union of the 80's, 'Crematorium' strikes a familiar cord- being prosecuted on bias of racial discrimination and cultural intolerance. Architect by training, Masha is pursuing her interest in animation and computational design within the framework of new media performance. Masha is a co-founder of 'GlitchFairy'- Event Specific Video Art Project.
Igor Molochevski is a new media artist, film maker, photographer. His work is based on mixed media and technology integration. His workflow includes live coding, interactive and generative programing, kinetic sculptures, sound design and digital imaging. His goal is deconstruction of traditional interpretive matrix by means of the reconextualization of audio/visual stimuli. Igor serves as an advisor in White Box Art Center and the Museum of Russian Art. He has exhibited his work in such cultural centers as Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, The Museum of Russian Art, Whitebox Art Center. He is currently employed by the Department of Digital Art, Pratt institute.
Leo Chesnov is a Moscow-trained lighting designer living in New York City. Master of arts, graduated from All-Russian State University of Cinematography, worked in different theaters, including the Mariinsky Concert Hall. His cinematography brought him to various former Soviet Republics, the Caucuses, Syria, Europe, South and East Asia.
Emma Madnick is a costume designer and vintage clothing specialist. She has a background in fashion design, fetish fashion design and styling, as well as wardrobe for film, performance art, circus, and burlesque.
Varvara Ilchenko (actress) is a recent transplant from Northern California and a graduate of SFSU with a B.A. In Theater Arts as well as the Stanislavsky Summer Art program in Cambridge, MA. This is her New York stage debut. She is incredibly proud and grateful to be a part of this experience.
Greg Genute – actor, was nominated for a KCATF award in 2010 for his performance of Lucky in Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot, at the Berry Center for the Performing Arts, and has been acting in independent films, such as At First Sight, which was recently featured at Lincoln Center.
Heather Antonissen (actress) has performed in a variety of mainstage productions including opera, cabaret, symphonic concerts and theater. Recent performances include “Dinner and Divas” a cabaret show with Doug Montgomery at Vicky’s in Palm Springs, the Witch in “Hansel and Gretel” with Amore Opera, Cherubino in Regina Opera’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “The Water Engine” by David Mamet with Working Light Theater, Mabel Dodge Luhan in “Lorenzo’s Ashes” by Bruce Trinkley, Octavia in “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and The Monitress in “Suor Angelica” with Verismo Opera.
Vadim Kroll (actor)
Jessie Shelton (dancer, actress) has performed here and there around the city, the country and the world and each time is a new and beautiful experience. Along with singing, dancing, acting and playing the violin, developing new pieces is by far one of her favorite activities. Jessie is grateful and excited to have been thrown in with a whole new set of faces and talents on the CREMATORIUM team. Look for her next in Dave McGee's PARTY IN THE USA which will be taking Scotland by storm as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Love to M, M, M&P.
Sasha Korbut (actor, dancer) began to dance at the age of 4. His background was competition ballroom and contemporary dance. in 2007 he joined contemporary dance company “Chas pick” of Far Eastern Federal University. His professional career as a contemporary dancer began in 2008 at dance company “Kauri,” in Vladivostok, Russia. Sasha also worked with Lotte World Company in South Korea, Romantic Corporate in Canarian Irelands, and Artistic Agency “Altereven” in Valencia Spain. Since moving to New York in 2012 he has studied under a scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School. He has performed the works of Gary Chryst, Christopher Huggins, Joanna Numata, Brian Mc Sween, Davis Robertson and Francesca Harper. Sasha also danced for design project “Reconstruction 3.0” by Louis Vuitton.
Katia Badalian (acterss, singer) born and raised in the heart of New York City but established as an artist in her beloved Moscow, Russia. After graduating Russian Academy of Theater and Art - which was a life changing experience, she quickly found herself in a theater company by the looking eye of a fascinating director Konstantin Mishin (School of Dramatic Art ). In July 2013 Katia moved back to New York City to find the answers to her questions and to pursuit her dream. After graduating Russian Academy of Theater and Art - which was a life changing experience, she quickly found her self in drama/dance theater company by the looking eyes of a fascinating director Konstantin Mishin. After graduating Russian Academy of Theater and Art - which was a life changing experience, she quickly found her self in drama/dance theater company by the looking eyes of a fascinating director Konstantin Mishin. After graduating Russian Academy of Theater and Art - which was a life changing experience, she quickly found her self in drama/dance theater company by the looking eyes of a fascinating director Konstantin Mishin.
Renata Zhigulina (actress)
Renata Zhigulina. Started acting in the age of 13 had couple of episodes in Russian TVseries "OBJ", “Tulskiy Tokarev”, “Slovo Jenshine”, Japanese TV-show “Going to the world’s end” Till age of 17 was performing in TUT, Theatre of Youthful creativity, St-Petersburg, Russia. Was studying drama for 3 years in St Petersburg. Went to RADA for a summer to study Shakespeare, and that was first experience of working in English. In 2010 moved to New York to study Film. For 3 year was doing a lot of student and short films, among which was festival circulated avant-garde short film, "Vergo" (2010) directed by Lily Johnson, " Laudromat" directed by festival winner Lanre Olabisi, In 2013 finished conservatory in Stella Adler Studio of Acting, continuing to deepen work on english classical text and Shakespeare with a British voice coach, author, and theatre director Patsy Rodenburg. Recently joined "Dzieci "an international experimental theatre ensemble based in New York, doing theatre, art and service work, time to time working with Punchdrunk's "Sleep No More" as support cast performer for special events.
Pasha Sol (actor)
Stefan Lefferts (actor, dancer) Stefan Lefferts Born in Siberia Has many singing and dancing awards as in both: solo and ensemble performances. Is into pop style of music and music video choreography. Admires Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Justin Bieber, dreams of producing the music that will make dance everybody who will ever listens it. Having his acting debute in "Crematorium" by Alexander Kargaltsev. Thanks to Igor Smirnoff for support!