1986: an accident occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and Claude Berri’s Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources are released.
It may seem that these events had little connection, but soon afterwards I came into the world at the Mariupol hospital.
1991. 20 paintings by Van Gogh are stolen from his museum in Amsterdam.
I had an airtight alibi. I was five. My brother Eugene and I spent all day playing with building blocks. Besides, the paintings were found the next day in a car parked near the museum.
1997. Chicago, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. These are just some of the cities the Rolling Stones tour in support of Bridges to Babylon.
I also travel a lot with my classmates: in Kiev, Lviv, Yalta, Sevastopol, Taganrog, Astrakhan and Rostov-on-Don.
2002: a role-playing video game Dungeon Siege is released.
I also decide to play. So, I enrol in Mariupol drama school, where I take my first steps on stage, playing the Little Goat and the Snow Maiden.
2004: I fail an interview at the Faculty of Drama at National University of Theatre, Film and TV.
In low spirits, I enrol in Faculty of Puppet Theatre and unexpectedly lose myself in the world of shadows, puppets and pipes.
2009: Helena Chizhova’s novel Women’s Time wins the Russian Booker award.
Realising that my time had come, I go to the casting. My first ever role happens to be the main one that I spend filming in Tbilisi for six months.
2010: actors Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch win the Laurence Olivier Award for Frankenstein by Danny Boyle .
My theatrical career, too, shoots up dramatically. I play Antigone in the Bulgarian city of Stara Zagora and Margarita in Nizhny Tagil.
2013: the world celebrates the centenary of icebreakers’ expedition that have discovered Severnaya Zemlya archipelago.
My fellow puppeteers and I have our own expedition to Poltava, where we create the HeSheLife project.
I hope, all of you remember what you did last years.
For me, it was a year of both travel and work. New York, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Istanbul, London and Hanoi were responsible for the first part, while roles in ER, The Last Janissary and Destiny’s Choice — for the second one. In the latter series, I managed to play four main roles.
And this is just the beginning.