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Korshunov Alexander

People's Artist of Russia

Alexander Viktorovich Korshunov, People's Artist of Russia, was born on February 11, 1954. In 1975 he graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School and was invited to join the company of the New Drama Theater, where he worked until 1983 and performed a variety of roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoire, including Eremeev («Last summer in Chulimsk» by Alexamder Vampilov), Dudley Bostwick («The Time of Your Life» by William Saroyan), Kostya («Away and at Home» by Alexander Volodin), Freddy («My Fair Lady» by Frederick Loewe), etc. In each of these roles the actor demonstrates his gift for transformations, his bright and vivid imagination, coupled with creative vibrancy.

In 1981 Alexander Korshunov began his collaboration with the «Sphere» Moscow Drama Theater.Among his roles were the Pilot («The Little Prince» by Antoine de Saint Exupéry), Orpheus («Eurydice» by Jean Anouilh), Maksudov («Theatrical Novel» by Mikhail Bulgakov), Yuri Zhivago («Doctor Zhivago» by Boris Pasternak) and others.

In 1984 Alexander Korshunov became an actor of the Maly State Academic Theatre of Russia, where he has been faithfully serving for twenty years. Korshunov is a marvelously bright and multifaceted performer, who is especially good at delivering outstanding performances in comic roles - Mitrofanushka («The Minor» by Denis Fonvizin), Mozglyakov («Uncle's Dream» by Fyodor Dostoevsky), Elesya Migachev («There Was Not a Single Penny, and Suddenly There is a Dime» by Alexander Ostrovsky), etc.

Alexander is an actor, who is able to act in various acting styles for completely different audiences. His portrayal of Boris Godunov («The Death of Ivan the Terrible » by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Dragunov) stands apart in his acting career. His Godunov is a cautious and practical plotter, who is dreaming of the throne. The actor seems to be «muffling» his vivid temperament, with a few strokes creating a lively image of a man who betrays his own patron, and covers up the irrepressible lust for power with arguments about the welfare of the state.

Another prominent role embodied by Korshunov is locksmith Egor in «The Children of the Sun» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Adolf Shapiro, who is regarded by many theatre critics as one of his greatest achievements. Angry at life, at the whole world, blaming everyone else for his problems, Egor is on the brink of an emerging conflict. Korshunov demonstrates how the destructive beginnings step by step destroy the talent sprouts, thus turning his character into a meaninglessly cruel person.

Perhaps the major theme in Korshunov’s artistic biography is an image of a «little man» from the Russian literature - usually a minor official crushed by the administrative system. Among notable examples are Kiselnikov, Dosuzhev, Korpelov, Lyubim Tortsov, humiliated victims of an uncaring, rank and power-crazy Russian official society. However, they preserve good temper, faith in people and purity of thoughts.

In 1996 Korshunov tried himself as director and staged «Queer People» by Maxim Gorky, where he also played the leading role. Since then he staged 4 productions based on Ostrovsky’s little-known plays - «Hard-earned Bread», «The Deep», «All the Days Are Not Alike» and «Poverty is No Crime».

His directing style is very chamber, measured, «private», destined at establishing an exclusive dialogue with the audience. Another distinguishing feature of Korshunov's productions is the excellent co-ordination of the actor's ensemble. Korshunov is both director and a teacher (he has been teaching at Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School for over 20 years), who interacts equally well with yesterday's students, and with experienced masters of the stage.

Apart from acting on stage and directing, Alexander Korshunov also appeared in numerous TV series and feature films: «I Сan’t Say «Goodbye»», «Double Overtaking», Portrait of the Artist's Wife», «Greenhouse Effect», «Melusa», «Dove», «Lenin’s Will», «Return of Mukhtar-1», «Save Our Souls», «Black Wolves», «Yalta-45», «Beauty», «Chkalov», «Emergency Situation», «Two Winters and Three Summers», «World War III», etc.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1984 - Guardsman, «Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1984 - Craftsman, «Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa» by Friedrich Schiller directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1984 - Groom, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1984 – Kurchaev, «Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Igor Iliyinskiy

1984 - Gavrila, «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov, directed by Roman Sokolov

1984 - Shubin, «On the Eve» by Ivan Turgenev, directed by Vladimir Sedov

1985 - Afremov, «The Living Corpse» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1986 - Mitrofan, «The Minor» by Denis Fonvizin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1987 - Akim, «Dream of the White Mountains» by Viktor Astafyev, directed by Vladimir Sedov

1987 - Mirosha, «The Kholops» by Pyotr Gnedich, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1987 - Messenger, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1987 - Gwynplaine, «The Man Who Laughs» by Victor Hugo, directed by Igor Ilyinskiy and Vladimir Martens

1988 - Petya Trofimov, «The Cherry Orchard» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Igor Iliyinskiy

1990 - Skuratov, «Prince Serebrenni» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1990 - Covielle, «The Bourgeois Gentleman » by Jean-Baptiste Molière, directed by Ilan Ronen (Israel)

1990 - Vershinsky, «The Wild Girl» by Alexander Ostrovsky and Nikolay Solovyov, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1991 - Horatio, «The Murder of Gonzago» by Nedyalko Yordano, directed by Boris Morozov

1992 - Mozglyakov, «Uncle's Dream» by Fyodor Dostoevsky, directed by Alexander Chetverkin

1992 - Gavrilo, «An Ardent Heart» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Boris Morozov

1993 - Elesya, «There Was Not a Single Penny, and Suddenly There is a Dime» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Eduard Martsevich

1994 - Murzavetsky, «Wolves and Sheep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1995 - Boris Godunov, «The Death of Ivan the Terrible » by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1996 - Mastakov, «Queer People» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

1996 - Treplev, «The Seagull» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1999 - Eric, «King Gustav Vasa» by August Strindberg, directed by Alexander Nordström (Sweden)

1999 - Koprov, «Hard-earned Bread» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2001 - Chepurin, «Hard-earned Bread» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

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

2004 - Dosuzhev, «All the Days Are Not Alike» Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2005 - Aplombov, «Wedding! Wedding! Wedding» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2005 - Korpelov, «Hard-earned Bread» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2006 - Lubim Tortsov, «Poverty is No Crime» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2008 - Egor, «The Children of the Sun» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Adolf Shapiro

2008 - Prince Belsky, «Kasatka» (Darling) by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov


List of productions directed in the Maly Theatre:

1996 - «Queer People» by Maxim Gorky

1998 - «Hard-earned Bread» by Alexander Ostrovsky

2001 - «The Deep» by Alexander Ostrovsky

2004 - «All the Days Are Not Alike» by Alexander Ostrovsky

2006 - «Poverty is No Crime» by Alexander Ostrovsky


Filmography:

1980 «The Key»

1981 «Portrait of the Artist's Wife»

1982 «I Сan’t Say «Goodbye»»

1984 «Double Overtaking»

1986 «An Additional Train is Arriving on Platform Two»

1988 «The Kholops» (teleplay)

1998 «Tsar Ivan the Terrible» (teleplay)

1998 «The Seagull» (teleplay)

2000 «Queer People» (teleplay)

2003 «The Return of Mukhtar»

2004 «Youngsters»

2005 «Greenhouse Effect»

2007 «Lenin’s Will»

2008 «The Dove»

2008 «Steppe Frontier»

2008 «Save Our Souls» (Russia, Ukraine)

2009 «The Trap for the Killer»

2009 «The Moscow Yard»

2009 «Petya on the Way to the Kingdom of Heaven»

2010 «Brest Fortress»