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Helena Autio-Meloni

An expert and active promoter of Russian theatre, Helena has worked as an assistant and interpreter for renowned Soviet and Russian stage directors like Georgy Tovstonogov, Anatoly Efros, Yuri Lyubimov, Lev Dodin and Kama Ginkas. She was the Director of the Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg and Cultural Counsellor at the Finnish Embassy in Moscow. She has diverse experience in publishing and managing cultural projects internationally, and is the founder of Adelfa Agency for cultural cooperation between Finland and Russia. She develops lectures about Russian culture for the broad Finnish audience, and wants to invite to collaboration leading international experts on Russian arts and culture.


During my fellowship I was offered the best possibilities to do research on the St. Petersburg theatre scene today. The executive members of the Likhachev Foundation assisted me in planning and organizing theatre screenings and meetings with the most prominent theatre makers of today. I was put into contact with the renowned State Museum  of Theatre and Music and the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, I was able to interview leading Russian directors like Lev Dodin, Andrey Moguchy, Grigory Kozlov, Viktor Minkov. I met producers, promoters and critics. I saw hugely influential and touching performances at the BDT, MDT, Theatre "Masterskaya" among others. 


The Likhachev Foundation´s program also gives a very important opportunity to meet other fellows from around the world, share their interesting projects and build friendships around our mutual interest in the Russian culture and history. I am convinced we will continue the work began in St. Petersburg and that it will result in new meetings, workshops and lecturing programs internationally.


I wish to express my enormous gratitude to the organizers and my fellow-travelers for the unforgettable two weeks in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.