The first institution worth mentioning here is the Yakutsk Drama Theatre and the changes it has undergone. In 1990, the theatre was renamed the P.A. Oyunsky Sakha-Theatre. In the same year, director Andrei Borisov became its artistic director, later going on to become the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Extraordinary new performances staged by Borisov began to fill the theatre’s repertoire: Vasily Protodyakonov’s Songs Left by Me, plays such as Kudangsa the Great and Nikolai Dorogunov, Child of Man based on works by Platon Oyunsky, Alampa Sofronov’s Stumbled, Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, and Freedom’s Hot Day by Suorun Omolloon. The theatre began to go on tour abroad – appearing in Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland, Mexico, the USA, Switzerland, Turkey, France and Japan.
In 1995, the Sakha-Theatre was granted academic theatre status and became known as the Sakha Academic Theatre named after P.A. Oyunsky. In 1999, the play King Lear based on William Shakespeare’s work and directed by Andrei Borisov was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
In 2000, the theatre obtained a new building, and the first performance in it was the play based on the olonkho Kyys Debiliye – a production subsequently awarded the National “Golden Mask” Prize for the nomination “Theatrical Critics Award”. This play went on tour in Japan, playing in the cities of Tokyo and Osaka, aroused great interest among the public there, and marked the birth of the classical national theatre of the Sakha people.
The performance of Macbeth, based on the play by Eugène Ionesco and directed by the young Yakutia native Sergei Potapov, received a special jury award at the Golden Mask National Prize. In addition, the P.A. Oyunsky Sakha Academic Theatre served as the base for the republic’s newly inaugurated drama festival “Desired Shore”, which later acquired an international status. And it the Sakha-Theatre that was the venue for the presentation “Theatre of Olonkho”, the brainchild of Andrei Borisov.