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"I love the city for its desperation"

Actress Maria Stratulat - about the unique project for Primorsky Krai and the special soul of Vladivostok

Maria Stratulat moved to Vladivostok about 20 years ago from the seaside village of Luchegorsk to study at the Far Eastern State Institute of Arts in the theater department. After graduation, she got a job at the Primorsky Regional Youth Drama Theater, where she still works. Maria loves the theater for the camera, the historicity and the special, wonderful people working in the troupe who are faithful to art, despite the constant shortage of funding. Details - in the EastRussia material for the project "Unsuccessful".

"I love the city for its desperation"
Photo: Yuliya Nikitina
This year, the children's inclusive theatrical studio "For the Good" was opened on the basis of the theater, it is a unique and innovative project for the Primorsky Territory. The studio is organized at the expense of a state grant through the joint efforts of the charitable foundation of Alexander Monastyrev, the autonomous non-profit organization "Promoting the rehabilitation and social adaptation of the disabled" Blagoye delo "and the Primorsky Territory Drama Theater of Youth. The premiere of the first performance with the participation of children with developmental peculiarities "A Journey on Dreams" based on the fairy-tale of Exupery's short story "The Little Prince" will be held on 25 September.

- We have children with autism, with Down's syndrome, a deaf boy. We are different, but we have become one family. As a child, I myself went to a theater studio, and I have very pleasant memories with this time, - Maria says. - Our theater studio is a place where you can meet, make friends with your peers, with healthy children including, learn to be more free and liberated. We work because children's eyes start to shine, they are united, they are happy and take care of each other, they understand that they are doing an important thing that they are needed. I am very pleased to work with special children, from the interaction with them you feel great return, they teach us to be more attentive and tolerant to each other.

Maria recently received a public award "The Particular Citizen" for the project "The Diary of Tanya Rudykovskaya," the girls from besieged Leningrad, where she almost daily described how her family lived in those days that they felt that they ate as they gradually died. In the Primorsky Krai Philharmonic at a concert on the Victory Day Day, Maria read this diary, and behind her were photographs that she and her daughter were in the role of Tanya and her mother.

Now Vladivostok for the actress is a place where she can do her favorite thing, be necessary and useful. But when she just moved to the seaside capital, she did not take her seriously.

- I perceived Vladivostok as a port city and nothing more, did not consider it a great place. I thought that there were no significant historical events, there are no known monuments of architecture, such as in Moscow, Moscow region, St. Petersburg and the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia, "Maria says. - Nevertheless, I saw that Vladivostok has a special soul, desperate and boundless, there is a rapid life rhythm. And it attracted me.

Receiving a second higher education - philological, Maria touched the history of Vladivostok, realized how interesting and unique it is. For example, during the First and Second World Wars, there were no active military operations in the city, but Vladivostok, as a port remote from the war and the German submarines, was the most important transit point through which the military equipment for the troops, raw materials, industrial equipment for industry .

Now Maria has many favorite historical places in the city. This is the courtyard where the oldest trading house is located - GUM, built by enterprising German merchants Kunst and Albers, a wonderful old Pushkin street with small wooden houses that are destroyed, but still carry an attraction, create an atmosphere.

"I live in the center and walk a lot, enjoy the beauty of the streets," Maria says. - I like to wander around the Old Millionka, I do not get tired of looking at its numerous back streets. This old street, where the Chinese used to live, is our historical open-air museum. Here the atmosphere of the old city is still very much felt, in even darker transitions it's even a little creepy, it's remembered how the opium merchants lived here, and there was a mess. I'm sorry that Millionku destroyed. The city must make efforts to preserve historical places. I am very glad that now the Arseniev Museum organizes walking tours. Tour guides introduce residents and tourists to the history, talk about architecture, thus they fall in love with people in our city. Vladivostok is very different and it attracts me. When early in the morning I take my daughter to the kindergarten, on the Sports Quay absolute silence and tranquility, only a few fishermen are sitting on the pier. We specially leave early to take a leisurely stroll along the shore, enjoy an easy fog, admire the sea surface in the distance and feed the gulls.

In Vladivostok there is a digger club, where the guys who know the secrets of the underworld work. One of the most interesting routes to the former top-secret complex of underground shelters for the higher ranks of Kraykom and the shelter of the NKVD for the Primorsky region, the escape route and the reserve control point of the edge, built in Pochtova Mountain near the Gorky Theater.

- This tunnel is very impressive! But, unfortunately, the passage is strongly clogged with clay, it needs to be cleaned. I would like the authorities to support such a project. One could do in Vladivostok a museum similar to the Moscow "Bunker - 42". It is interesting for tourists and it is useful for our children that they understand how terrible it is to sit in the basement and listen to explosions, "Maria says.

In Vladivostok there are wonderful temples that surprise with their chamber atmosphere and originality.

- I was baptized in the Chapel of St. Seraphim of Sarov on Pokrovsky Park, and I like this place: mysterious, magical, - Maria says. - I like to visit the Temple of Saint Blessed Prince Igor of Chernigov. In the lower side-chapel there is the Icon of the Mother of God "Skoroposlushnitsy", there is a small font, books are arranged. The atmosphere is wonderful and almost always there is nobody. You can read the prayers or just sit and relax.

I do not know people who would not like Vladivostok. Everyone loves our city because of the sea: not only is it fabulously beautiful, it is also an opportunity to play sports - diving, kayaking, sup - surfing. My friends and acquaintances Muscovites dream to fly nine hours to see the mysterious city, where the sun rises, to visit our islands, to swim in the sea. But I do not think that Vladivostok is a city only for the young. There is a suitable corner for everyone. In search of silence, you can move to the completely awesome island Popov and the suburbs. I love Vladivostok because of its despair: it rains in one region, the sun shines in the other at the same time. In the morning - fog and drizzle, and in the evening it is already hot. The relief of the city also creates a mess: the streets are torn, many ups and downs, turns. You never calculate correctly how long it will take on the road. “Vladivostok is on its own mind, it’s not really impossible to fall in love with it,” concludes Maria.
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