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Bazarova Ekaterina

Actress

Ekaterina Mikhaylovna Bazarova, actress of drama, was born on July 3, 1978. A graduate of the Mikhail Semyonovich Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (course of O.N. Solomina and Y.M. Solomin), in 1999 she was invited to join the company of the Maly Theatre.

Starting with playing minor roles, Ekaterina grew into of the leading actresses of her generation - ten major works within fifteen years of work in the theatre. It’s quite curious that she played representatives from all social classes: «crime figures» (The Little Robber Girl in «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz), well-to-do peasant (Akulina in «The Power of Darkness» by Leo Tolstoy), the middle class (Julie, «Mercadet or the Speculator» by Honoré de Balzac), the merchant class (Lipochka in «It's a Family Affair We'll Settle It Ourselves», by Alexander Ostrovsky), bureaucracy (Marya Antonovna in «The Government Inspector» by Nikolay Gogol), the court clique (Lady Katharine in «Love’s Labour’s Lost...» by William Shakespeare), nobility (Princess Elsa in «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz), and even the future Queen of Sapin (Princess Isabella of Portugal, ««Secrets of the Madrid Court» by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Leguvé).

Ekaterina Bazarova is a talented character actress, whose talent spans all shades of the comic, from soft lyricism to overt grotesque. Ekaterina doesn’t like to be kept within certain bounds. She, herself feels that she is a congenital clowness that leapt from the commedia dell'arte pages that does not fit into the concept of the genre. She is a versatile actress, who can pull off both dramatic, and comic, and eccentric roles. However, Ekaterina played a dramatic character only - Akulina in «The Power of Darkness» by Leo Tolstoy, first in Higher Theatre school, and then on the stage of the Maly Theatre.

Among Ekaterina’s best works is Julie in «Mercadet or the Speculator» by Honoré de Balzac, directed by Vladimir Dragunov. Her character is fresh, natural and pure, like a flower in bloom. The actress did not play, she lived on stage - how else would you explain that soft inner light coming from her heroine?

Ekaterina’s most beloved role is Irina Lavrovna in «The Last Sacrifice» by Alexander Ostrovsky. A breathtaking neckline, feathers, a low, earnest voice, trembling with emotion...A smoldering woman, a poet's dream, in a word. Bazarova created a cutting-edge portrait of a young adventurer, who covers up cynical forethought with the talks about «sublime poetry». «When you look at her», said Vera Maksimova, a renowned theatre critic «there is a feeling of freshness, passion, strength. She's brilliant at portraying human stupidity. This is very important. It is rather hard to «play the intellect», but it is way harder to play stupidity without becoming a caricature.»

In addition to her artistic work in the theatre, Ekaterina also starred in TV series: «I Conceived an Escape», «My Fair Nanny», «Moscow History», «One Love of My Soul», «Polina Subbotina’s Adult Life».

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1999 – A city woman, «Money to Burn» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1999 – The housemaid, «The Forest» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Yuri Solomin

2000 – The housemaid, «The Seagull» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2000 - Olimpiada Samsonovna, «It's a Family Affair-We'll Settle It Ourselves», by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Chetverkin

2000 - Princess Elsa, «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2000 - Julie, «Mercadet or the Speculator» by Honoré de Balzac, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2001 - Aksinya, «The Deep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2002 - Lady Katharine, «Love’s Labour’s Lost...» by William Shakespeare, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2004 - Princess Isabella of Portugal, ««Secrets of the Madrid Court» by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Leguvé, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2004 - Irina Lavrovna, «The Last Sacrifice» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2004 - The Little Robber Girl, «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2006 - Marya Antonovna, «The Government Inspector» by Nikolay Gogol, directed by Yuri Solomin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

2007 - Larisa, «There Was Not a Single Penny, and Suddenly There is a Dime» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Eduard Martsevich

2007 - Akulina, «The Power of Darkness» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Yuri Solomin

2015 - Ustinya Naumovna, «It's a Family Affair-We'll Settle It Ourselves», by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Chetverkin