Evgenia Berkovich was born in St. Petersburg on April 29, 1985. Dad — Boris (Ilya) Lvovich — poet and novelist, mother — Elena Mikhailovna Ephros — writer and journalist, grandmother — Nina Semenovna Katerli — fiction writer and publicist.
Eugenia was brought up in a creative family. She recalls often discussing mom and grandmother’s books. He and his sister also composed poems, tales and stories, played out skits. Watched movies on TV, later on videotapes. Dad was an ardent movie fan. The sisters on the recommendation of their grandmother watched serious films. Eugenie remembers how her grandmother once insisted that they pay attention to the movie Ordinary Fascism. Impressions remained for life, so strong they were.
Eugenia has a sister — Maria. They received their secondary education and engaged in theatre class. Maria became a defectologist, psychologist and educator. Engages in “special” children and orphans. She’s an aspiring writer. Her new acclaimed book, “The Fearless World,” deals with love for children, for life and for vocation.
Evgenia joined the Academy of Theatre Arts in St. Petersburg. In 2007, she received a diploma of theatre manager. But I wanted to become a chartered director, so in 2008. E. Berkovich turned out for acting and directing courses of Kirill Serebrennikov at MHAT.
“ The Seventh Studio”
by K. Serebrennikov first recruited the course. An experimental group trained for four years, which later became Seventh Studio. In this project, K. Serebrennikov moved away from traditional instruction in directing and acting. He decided to show the multifaceted art in general. He introduced to different schools, from master classes on Japanese “buto” dance to classical works by German and French directors. He got that.
E. Berkovich is an unconventional and eccentric theatre director. She is representative of a younger generation of directors and contemporary art. She has an original approach to staging any performance. All of her performances are variously judged by both the public and critics.
Talk about Berkovich’s death
is set to work with teenagers. She raises difficult themes in her performances, is not afraid to talk to children as equals about love, about life values, about death, about grief and distress.
She has a performance that has been expecting the viewer for a long time. In May 2014, “Watchdog”, a play for teenagers, premiered in “SamMart”. It’s about death and about experiencing the grief of two girls who lost their father. They reside with a depressed mom who has closed in and doesn’t want to talk to anyone about her distress. The first phrase on stage is shocking: “Hello, do you have a minute to talk about death?”.
The play is based on the play “By the Ark at Eight” by German playwright and screenwriter Ulrich Hub. Goes on the stage of the Moscow Young Spectator Theatre.
E. Berkovich doubted a lot when staging the play, but at one point decided to turn off internal censorship and show how it feels. It all turned out “cute.” And adult and young viewers take “Penguins” well. After the performance, children have questions, which means that Evgenia’s goal has been achieved. She was able to evoke children’s desire to talk about god, religion, faith, friendship, love and the meaning of life.
Performance “Gogol’s Marrying”
In May 2018, the premiere of the famous play “Marryitba” took place in the drama theatre of Nizhnevartovsk. It was directed by E. Berkovich at the invitation of artistic director Natalia Ivanovna Naumova.
The main scenery of the play is a large pink blanket. It appeared according to the idea of the artist-designer Ksenia Sorokina. She often co-authored with Eugenia. Blanket as an ambiguous symbol of the world around us. It is both soft and cozy, referring to a love theme, but also evoking associations about mental inequilibrium. It hangs like a wall and dangles casually to the floor.
On the playbill of the play the image of Gogol in the phate. E. Berkovich is asked all the time if she is afraid that such an image of a writer will cause the viewer a negative reaction. She replies that she is ready for any reaction, the most important thing is that she be. And she is. Conservatives, say things are bad and scary. People ready for a new knowledge and vision of the world are laughing somewhere, concocting somewhere.
The conversation on equal footing
Evgenia believes that with children it is necessary to talk about everything and not to divide topics into children and adults. She supports the ideas of many directors who stage challenging plays for children. Communicating with teenagers and parents, she often acts as an expert. She skillfully guides parents to watching a particular performance. Many people don’t know how to talk to children now about our country’s history. How do I start this thread? E. Berkovich believes that it is necessary to show children such performances as “Children of the Crow” E. Ship.
It is shot on the book of the same name by Yulia Yakovleva, which describes the events of “Stalinist repression” and the incomprehensible disappearance of relatives. The questions of children of those times are still relevant. This becomes clear by the reaction of young viewers. Therefore after watching the play in the center of them. Meyerhold’s dialogue room opens. The children are spoken to and read preserved letters of children whose parents are mystically missing. Parents who became enemies of the people in the 30s and 40s.
E. Berkovich is a representative of contemporary creativity and progressive theatre art. She is a member of the Gogol Center project. E. Berkovich works on many projects with teenagers, orphaned children, difficult children. Participates in the Summer Theatre Festival for Orphans “I Am Not Alone”.
E. Berkovich is partial to people with a difficult fate. She cares about the fate of disabled people, orphans, disadvantaged and seriously ill people. On her social media pages many appeals to help someone: find a way out, raise money for the sick, share something gratuitously. Lots of pictures with children and disabled adults.
Looking at E. Berkovich, on her short and mischievous haircut, bold and honest look, seems like she’s 14. And she feels just that way. It’s easy for her to connect with teenagers and be open and direct to them. It’s easy to create what she wants and how she feels. She feels in her place and pays no attention to evil opinions. Carries the world the way it is.