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Cardboardia street performance Lab in Arkhangelsk (Russia)
2018-05-10 | workshop

Cardboardia Orchestra

Here is open call for everyone who wishes to take part in “Made in Cardboardia” workshop programme 16-24 June in the framework of  the XXIV International Festival of Street Theatres  in Arkhangelsk (Russia).

From 16 June we will developing Official Cardboardia Orchestra show to present together on the International Festival of Street Theatres that will be held this year in Arkhangelsk from 19 to 23 June. The festival opens with a carnival procession along the Northern Dvina. Each day the city will turn into one big open-air scene.  Illusionists, swindlers, magicians, clowns will coexist with musicians from Spain, drummers from Colombia and street theaters.

Personages of Cardboardia are preparing the tour of Official Cardboardia Orchestra which was founded at the "Festival of Imagineers" (Coventry, UK) last year. The improvised Official Orchestra of Cardboardia caused a storm of emotions, because the performers tried to make a high classical work of art, and at the same time did not have any opportunities for this. An action that can unite people to create something together is the ultimate aim of personages of Cardboardia. This creative process is the core of our workshop, which is hold in two directions:

Module 1. Performance Design

Module curator: Olesya Kandalintseva (Minister of Education)

we will research some basic skills of working with cardboard, developing the concept of objects and set design.

Module 2. Street performance, organization and communication with public for beginners

Module curator: Sergey Korsakov (Tyran of Cardboardia)

Together we will learn how to plan an event and create an event scenario based on a proposed concept.  We will acquire public speaking skills and develop way of communication with an audience.

WHEN: 16-24 June 2018 from 11am to 8pm.

If you want to get and give a lot from this time, we count on your participation and full engagement in workshop and event process. But if you have any circumstances for this dates, feel free to indicate it in advance and we will take it into consideration individually.

WHERE: Arkhangelsk, Russia, venue TBA

WHO may be interested:

Module 1 - "Performance design: costumes, props and objects for interactive performances"

We invite to participate: beginning artists, designers, architects, photographers, students and everyone who is interested in making art. Take part in our intensive practical course - which will teach you the basics of cardboard-modelling and making performances with people. The course is ideal as a practice internship for students.

 Module 2 - "Street performance, organization and communication with public for beginners"

Suitable for actors, performers, directors, clowns as well as event managers/producers who would like both get a new interesting  experience of creating performance from the very beginning and improvisation and take part in the organization of the process. Organizers who would like to develop skills interacting with the public in the process of street and spectacle performance are welcome to apply. Your training in performance and management is considered but not critical in our selection.

This is an opportunity to take part in creating real projects where you will deliver unexpected tasks with delightful consequences.  The way you are involved in participation depends on your desires, talents and diligence. For the experienced specialists the internship can become a base for experiments, public realization of art plans, research for new directions. For the students and beginners the internship can become an opportunity to make first steps and a place where you will be evaluated by your results, not your diploma and portfolio.

What we are doing

During our internship program participants will learn and improve their skills:

-    creating a visual concept of objects/costumes

-    sketching

-    making objects

-    working with cardboard

-    working up some plans of realisation an actions

-    making a script of an action based on offering conception

-    realisation of an action according to script

-    public performance, improvisation and communication with the audience


The internship lasts from 16 to 23 June,including the process of preparation and participation in the festival, without days off.

We are expecting your full engagement at work for the whole period of the workshop.


If you want to join you need:

-      fill out the application form online -

It limited numbers of participants we accept

-      accomplish a task, that you will receive within 7 days after sending the form

-      go through offline or online interview (time and date will be confirmed individually) 

-      arrive to place of internship according confirmed schedule.

Participation is free. Participants are responsible for their own food and travel costs (include visas if needed) to place of internship. The project schedule will be specified during the online interview.

According to the results of internship our participants get a chance to become part or full-time members of "Made in Cardboardia team"- in UK, Europe or Russia. 

Curators and Cardboardia team members summer 2017 (curators can be different from project to project):

Tyran of Cardboardia

Sergey Korsakov, Russia (Tyran of Cardboardia, elected leader of the country) 1977 year of my arrival. Based mostly in Moscow, traveling a lot to promote Cardboardia country and setup Embassy’s around the globe. Before being elected as post of Tyran of Cardboardia – was head of «Bad Taste» (Russia) music label and agency (The Tiger Lillies, The Real Tuesday Weld, Jason Webley, The Flea-Pit Orchestra, Psoy Korolenko, Korabl, Tudosok and others), before it publisher of «Kinoizm» and «Igrok» online magazines and director of advertisement department at «Polit.Ru» magazine. Create and organize a lot of small and big events around the world, include gigs, shows, city festivals and Cardboardia materialisations.


Minister of Education of Cardboardia

Olesya Kandalintseva, Russia (artist, designer, curator of internship program at «Made in Cardboardia») Born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from High School of Landscape Architecture and Design in Moscow. In 2011 – 2012 she attended two summer study cycles at the Strelka Institute. Starting from January 2013 Olesya Kandalintseva is Minister of Education of Cardboardia and a curator of Made in Cardboardia internship . Up to now Olesya Kandalintseva implemented more than 30 projects as curator and artist.


 The internship program of Made in Cardboardia workshop was established in January, 2013. During this period the program participants and workshop curators have implemented more 30 projects, including those within a framework of festivals: Museums at Night (Moscow, 2013), Bright people (Moscow, 2013 and 2014), LowLands (the Netherlands, 2013 and 2014 ), International Lohas Festival (Taiwan), together with volunteers designed I'm in the House exhibition for The Gift of Life Foundation (Zurab Tsereteli Gallery of Arts, 2014), organized the Parade of Tyran's Dreams (Voronezh, 2014), International Street Performance Lab, Cardboardia Space Odyssey, the workshop with participation of Spyros Andreopoulos (Greece). You can watch the works of our cardboard design school graduates here.



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