When collecting materials about the city, we pay great attention to oral history. 1. In the district representation, an important role is played by formats that are used to convey such a delicate matter. A documentary theater and so-called "anti-excursions" are of particular importance. For example, Bus Route No. 33 is a tour based on the memories of Uralmash residents, places and events they consider important. Each stop on the route is dedicated to the history of one particular family. It is a game-changing format. We are used to seeing the city as something created by great forces or by important structures. But on this route, we help people realize that any place is actually assembled from ideas, ambitions, and stories of individuals. And thus, we increase the understanding that the history of the city consists of many separate stories—the stories of people like us.
This is also actualized through full-fledged documentary performances—for example, our promenade performance
which is held in the building of an old community center in the Uralmash District where we tell stories about different people and the district itself as if it all was some kind of a myth (just because this whole area was once built around a factory that no longer operates). This performance is almost a kind of farewell to the place. A respectful one. Even though the past of the district disappeared, it still does matter. And at the same time, we are talking about what will happen with this district next.
Another regional documentary theater project is the play Grandma's House(m-i-e.ru/babushkin-dom
), dedicated to the history of an indigenous family that has been living in the Nizhneisetsky/Khimmash District for over 150 years. This play is all about a particular member of this family who discovered this history and is now trying to develop an understanding of it. The Grandma's House is a very warm, lively story, where each family member is brought to life. The big narrative is assembled from the private stories of the heroine about her grandmother.