Winners of Soul of the Dance national ballet contest to be awarded in Moscow
A ceremony to honour the winners of the 14th Soul of the Dance national ballet contest will take place in Moscow today. Composer Rodion Schchendrin, the author of numerous ballets composed for his wife, the legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, was awarded the special title of “the Magician of the Dance”. A gala concert will follow the awards ceremony.
29 April 2008
A new version of the ballet Spartacus to be presented in St Petersburg
Tonight’s première of a new production of Aram Khachaturian’s classic ballet Spartacus at St Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre, which thus marks is 175th anniversary, is not just another opening of another show, but, it is an important event in the cultural life of St Petersburg. Aram Khachaturian’s 1954 score to the story of the leader of a slave uprising in ancient Rome is widely considered a modern masterpiece. The new staging aims to combine dance, music, opera, and choral singing to provide a theatrical epic worthy of its antecedents. There are two tigresses portrayed in the ballet, whose predatory and gracious movements are repeated by the tiger-like gestures of Spartacus and the other characters. There will be tough fights between gladiators and amazons with realistic weapons.
29 April 2008
Annual Easter Music Festival launched in Russia
A concert by Russian and Serbian choirs at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow launched Russia’s annual Easter Music Festival. This should last two weeks and involve about 20 cities. The programme spans the musical heritage of four centuries. One regular feature is concerts by bell-ringers.
28 April 2008
Cherry Garden Art Festival opens in Moscow
A wonderful art exhibition, “In the Family Circle”, will be one of the most outstanding events of the Cherry Garden Art Festival, which is currently in progress in Russia. It will open today at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, at the entrance to which the participants of the festival planted cherry trees. On display at the exposition are old pictures glorifying family values and the works of the students of the art studio attached to the museum. Young musicians will give a concert on the opening day.
28 April 2008
International Book Salon kicks off in St Petersburg
The International Book Salon kicks off in St Petersburg today. The leading Russian and 12 foreign publishing houses arrived in the city to take part in the event. Hundreds of various events, seminars, and meetings with famous writers and actors will be held within “The Time to Read” programme. The jury will announce the laureates of “The Best Book of the Year” nomination and will announce the winners of the family competition “Books in My Family”.
24 April 2008
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