Piano Theater for deaf children takes educational trip to Japan with support from Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod
PR and Media Relations Service Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod
In November 2018, the Piano Theater for deaf children visited Japan as part of the Piano Fortissimo international project. The trip was supported by Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod.
Actors visited a school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children at the University of Tsukuba in Tokyo, the only higher education institution in Japan for people with hearing and visual impairments.
Piano Theater at school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children at University of Tsukuba, Tokyo
In the course of the trip, the teachers working at the Piano Theater spoke with their Japanese colleagues about their experiences and methods of teaching deaf children at the specialized boarding school. Meanwhile, young actors from Nizhny Novgorod introduced the Japanese audience to the Piano Theater and took part in the master classes given by Japanese teachers.
In addition, the Russian embassy in Japan hosted a meeting with the visitors from Nizhny Novgorod. They were also given a chance to see the main cultural attractions of the country.
“Theaters always need support. Especially children’s and socially-oriented theaters. I would like to thank Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod for their help. We want the boarding school to be an open and inviting cultural space. Thank you for helping us achieve that,” said Vladimir Chikishev, artistic and principal director of the Piano Theater.
Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom that delivers natural gas to Europe, as well as to 15 regions in the Volga and Central Federal Districts of the Russian Federation.
The company’s gas transmission system is composed of trunklines stretching for over 13,000 kilometers and conveying some 170 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod operates 54 compressor workshops, 284 gas compressor units, 375 gas distribution stations, and 15 CNG filling stations. The company’s efficiency is achieved through 25 branches, including 16 gas pipeline operation centers, the Engineering Center, the Emergency Response and Recovery Directorate, the Procurement Directorate, the Utility Vehicles and Special-Purpose Machinery Directorate, the Volgoavtogaz company, and the Staff Training Center.
The ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system is in effect at Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod. The company employs around 11,000 people. It is headquartered in Nizhny Novgorod.
Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod is a long-standing partner of the Piano Theater. The theater’s creative approach is based on stage improvisation, intuitive search, and artistic representation of relevant themes and images. The actors “create music with their bodies” by changing the manner and form of movement, feeling and thinking. This “visible music” is both the subject and the means of engaging in free dialogue with theater-goers, many of whom have no idea that the boys and girls on the stage cannot hear the applause.