Street theatre company
Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls,
which has created its own mask school, presents an open-air twilight and night performance
for general public of all ages and estates.

(fr. mignon — cute,nice, tiny) —
character from
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's novel
«Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre» (1795)

«…The story of the revaluation of the cultural wealth. The characters deliberately or accidentally break the boundaries between the theatre and the audience. They create situations, which are provocative for both actors and spectators…»
«…Performance in ironical, but not without lyrical inflexions manner. It researches the problems of barriers, which people build around themselves, and searches for the ways of coming over these borders…»
«…Provocative dialogue between the characters and the audience applies to the traditional tricks of the street theatre, cabaret style and the logic of absurd…»
«…Peculiar aesthetic conception of the secluded world…»

A story about a teenager girl. A strange, obstinate, negative creature, that dwells in her secluded and lonely world.
Trying to affect, to find herself Mignone permanently changes not only the masks, but also her shoes – from high hills to army boots. But only in the end, barefoot, she could become herself and stand firmly on her feet.
All her tricks and games are aimed on getting love, friendship and family, but in spite of all that she gets only applause from the audience. She realizes that only devoting she can get what she desires.
She lives in a cupboard – her cage, full of childish recollections, but also full of strange and miraculous characters, creatures of her lonely fantasy.
This is a story of losses and finds, soul and music, happiness and loneliness.
So she breaks her coffin cupboard, her house. She makes a table, throws on it dishes, food (bread, cheese) and makes her own little family with the audience. Brothers, sisters, granny, dad, and a Mom, that brings her a birthday cake.
Only breaking her cage, Mignone can reach the world.

Performance goes without text and needs no translation.
There are some interactive episodes where the audience is involved.
All actors have masks; peculiar techniques of acting are invented and developed by the actors.
Some musical pieces were composed specially for the performance; they create an atmosphere of Mignone’s world.
Simple light effects, lanterns and a big diapositive film are used in the show.
Duration 1 hour.
50-1000 spectators.
Age from 5 to 99.

Time: Night or twilight. Not earlier than 9 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Montage: 3 hours
Demontage: 2 hours
Venue: 20 x 20 metres of plain area (asphalt).NOT GRASS!

DMX controlled Dimmer, 6 channels or more
DMX controler
2 x Т-light stand up to 3m. 6 fixtures on each.
10 x PAR64 spotlights with lamps CP61 ( 1 kW )
2 x floodlights 500 W
for all lights - filters ROSCO #10 Medium Yellow or similar
set of cables
the control booth is under one light stand, the other light stand is in 15 m from it

Sound system 2.5 kWatt, (mixer, amplifier, speackers) + 1 monitor on backstage

Full rider

A theatre of carnival culture, masks, grotesque and buffonade was founded in 1993 in Saint-Petersburg. It looks for the inspiration in the authentic Baroque dances, historical art of fighting and Medieval miniatures, and actually in everything. During their interactive performances everyone gets a chance to become a King, a Knight, a Monster or just an intrigued spectator
The actors in their performances charm us with both terrible and beautiful masks, mysterious stories and magic, taken all from the best traditions of European Carnival
Thanks to the high leveled technique of acting and original and unique aesthetics the company has been invited to perform before the ex-president of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the governor of St-Petersburg Valentina Matvienko. Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls have played on the shows for such persons of high rank as Tony Blair, George Bush, Svetlana Medvedeva etc. The audience of the theatre was also Her Royal Highness Princess of Kent and the sheikh of United Arab Emirates. The theatre participated in Festival of Russian art in Cannes (France) and also in Carnival of Venice (Italy). The company is a permanent participant of the governmental parties and palaces celebrations in St-Petersburg. By their sense of humor and high interactive acting technique the actors of Mr Pejo’s have merit a title of “President’s buffoons”. Nevertheless, they follow their vocation for the Street theatre with its unique diversity and boundless opportunities for the growth of artistic personality and creative explorations. The masks and costumes are made in the workshops of the theatre Pejo’s. Its artistic value was highly appreciated during the exhibitions in the National Gallery, State Museum of Arts “Manezh” in St.-Petersburg, in Chaplin’s Club in Vilnius, on the exhibition during the FETA Festival in Gdansk and many others.

Artistic director - Anna Shishkina
Scenography – Oleg Skotnikov
Cotume design - Anna Shishkina, Tamara Karpova
Managing director - Alla Kuzmina

Festivals we took part in:
International Tsarskoselskiy Carnival (Russia)
Festival Vilniaus Dienos (Lithuania)
Festival of Old Music in Jaroslaw (Poland)
Festival of Old Dance in Sandomierz (Poland)
International Festival in United Arab Emirates
International Carnival in Moscow (Russia)
International Street Theatre Festival in Arhangelsk (Russia)
Kozma Prutkov Festival of Humor in Solvychegodsk (Russia)
KUKART, St-Petersburg (Russia)
FETA, Gdansk (Poland)
Ulica 24, Krakow (Poland)
Jedlina Zdroj (Poland)
Al CARRER, Viladecans Barcelona (Spain)
Olsztyn (Poland)
FETA, Gdansk (Poland)
Ulica 24, Krakow (Poland)
Ethno Style in St.-Petersburg (Russia)
ANA DESETNICA in Ljubljana, Maribor (Slovenija)
St. John’s Market in Poznan (Poland)
Show-Festival Villa, Nice (France)
GIROVAGANDO, Sassari, Sardegna (Italy)
LA PIAZZA DEI SOGNI,Nuoro, Sardegna (Italy)
ORANGE ELEPHANT, St-Petersburg (Russia)
MALTA, Poznan (Poland)
ISTF, Gent (Belgium)
Olsztyn (Poland)
LA GHIRONDA, Monopoli, Bari, Ceglie Messapica, Grottaglie (Italy)
Jelenia Gora (Poland)
International Street Theatre Festival in Arhangelsk (Russia)
FETA, Gdansk (Poland)
Ulica 24, Krakow (Poland)
Jedlina Zdroj (Poland)
NARRENES DAGER,Stokke (Norway)
Yalta (Ukraine)
Al CARRER, Viladecans Barcelona (Spain)
SZTUKA ULICY, Warsaw (Poland)
SZARNYAS SARKANY, Nyirbator (Hungary)
BARNEOYA Kalvoya, Oslo (Norway)
NA PRKNECH, DLAZBE I TRAVE, Brno (Czech Republic)
WELTTHEATER der STRASSE, Schwerte (Germany)
KUKART, St-Petersburg (Russia)
International Street Theatre Festival in Arhangelsk (Russia)
SVATY PRD, Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic)
SZTUKA ULICY, Warsaw (Poland)
SEMENTES, Almada (Portugal)
Lekeitio, Bizkaia (Spain)
10th World Festival of the Theatres for Children, Moscow (Russia)
«100, 1000, 1000000 of stories», Bucharest (Romania)
Jedlina Zdroj (Poland)
International Festival of the theatres of Baltic Countries in Daugavpils (Latvia)
BuskerBus, Wroclaw and Brzeg (Poland)
SZTUKA ULICY, Warsaw (Poland)
Children’s Summer, Warsaw (Poland)
LA GHIRONDA, Monopoli, Bari, Ceglie Messapica, Grottaglie (Italy)
Jelenia Gora (Poland)
«100, 1000, 1000000 of stories», Bucharest (Romania)
TFF, Rudolstadt (Germany)
Open Sky, Moscow (Russia)
Jedlina Zdroj (Poland)
Three Crows, Novosibirsk (Russia)
International Theatre Festival in Tehran (Iran)
Lekeitio, Bizkaia (Spain)
Baltic spectacular sight, St-Petersburg (Russia)
SZTUKA ULICY, Warsaw (Poland)
Harlequin,St-Petersburg (Russia)
KUKART, St-Petersburg (Russia)
Festival of Fools, Belfast (Great Britain)
Fiery spectacular sight, Bansko (Bulgaria)
Divadelni svet Brno, Brno (Czech Republic)
Bilboko Kalealdia Festival, Bilbao (Spain)
Festival De L`art Russe, Cannes (France)
Dubai shopping festival,Dubai (UAE)
Carnival of Venice (Italy)
Ulica 24, Krakow (Poland)
FETA, Gdansk (Poland)
ANA DESETNICA in Ljubljana, Maribor (Slovenija)
EthnoHisteria, Gracisce (Slovenija)
Zavod Bufeto, Murska Sobota (Slovenija)
SZTUKA ULICY, Warsaw (Poland)
Ulica 24, Krakow (Poland)
International Taiwan Lantern Festival in Lukang (Changhua) (Taiwan)
Veshalka, St-Petersburg (Russia)
32e Salon Du Livre, Paris (France)

«St-Petersburg theatre company «Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls» is very european in fact. They do not go on stilts. They are more like Comedia del'arte. They are real street comediens. They perfectly interact with the audience, play buffoons. But they hace very serious ideas and concepts in their performances.

Yalta news 7.06.2007

«The opening of Kukart international festival.Can't forget interaction with Wandering Dolls»

Time out. St-Petersburg 15.06.2007

«Vikings cried on their performance»

Business Petersburg, «Always in mask» 25.04.2007

«Thanks to Wandering Dolls for the light»

Culture, «Festival time», Arkhangelsk 21.06.2006

«Performance of Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls was really impressive»

St-Petersburg Times, «Gala night in the attic» 3.04.2003

«They are the yeast of the Carnival.They turn the show into the action, unite the audience in one person»

Prazdnik magazine, «Mr Pejo and his clever dolls», september 2001

«Uniqueness of Anna Shishkina - director of Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls - is so, that she has not only reconstructed the tradition of the street theatre, but has also started to live from it, and teach others но смогла сделать ее своим реальным делом и даже научить этому делу других»

Smena «Play for the whole life» 2001

«The art of the actors, the masks, the costumes of the company Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls lead the audience to the dream. To the fairy-tale for everyone, but at the same time different and meaningfull. As an art, and certainly as a street.»

http://theatre-danse.fluctuat.net/blog/693-les-racines-de-mr-pejo-saint-petersbourg-.html 19.07.2005

«These three days of the festival were full of different events. Noticeable was a performance of «Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls» from St-Petersburg»

Gazeta Olsztynska, август 2004

«Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls from St-Petersburg - is not just a usual clown troupe, that entertain the audience on the markets. This is a unique street theatre company, that dates back to the traditions of Renaissance and Baroque, Carnival of Venice,and even a Russian ballet...Their performances are very grotesque. The actors untiringly provoce the audience for the interaction and improvisation. Although the pain and anguish often hides under the mask of laghter, the good always wins the evil.»

Gazeta Wyborcza – Poznan, 05.07.2006

Anna Shishkina, director of Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls says:

«We try to make this world better»

«I think, nowadays street festivals are very important for our country. People need them as so called theatre therapy. It will make people relax, throw out adrenaline, and come to good relation. The fest has to make peapole better»

«There is a child living inside everyone. Every child can play rapturously. Our task is to wake up the child and the thirst for the miracle.
- Are people really awaiting for the miracle?
- Undoubtedly»

Anna Shishkina

«Mr Pejo's Wandering Dolls»
Sankt-Peterburgskiy pr. 60A,
198516, Petrodvorets,
Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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