Popular British show group Stomp returns to Moscow
The popular British show group Stomp returns to Moscow for a new tour in a much-awaited follow-up to two previous performances. Starting off as a street performance outfit nearly 20 years ago, Stomp has since grown into an international sensation, having performed in over 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide, dancing on Broadway and during Oscar and Grammy award ceremonies. These extravagantly-attired dancers use everything but conventional percussion instruments, trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots, and hubcaps, to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms ranging from step-dance to rap to flamenco. Long billed as the Kings of Rhythm, the British dancers break through language barriers and easily get their message across to people of every nationality.
3 June 2008
About 200 films will be screened at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival
The 30th Moscow International Film Festival shall run from 19 through 28 June. Its president shall be director Nikita Mikhalkov, who was elected to the post for three years at the last year’s meeting of the organising committee. The jury shall be headed by the famous actress Liv Ullmann, who played leading roles in nine films directed by Ingmar Bergman. About 200 films shall be screened during the festival. The festival programme includes several retrospectives, including films by John Cassavetes, a pioneer of American independent film, and a retrospective of Socialist avant garde cinema.
5 June 2008
New York Opera Company offers “Porgy and Bess” in Moscow
The New York Opera Company shall offer a production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in a one-off performance in Moscow Friday. According to the composer’s will, all the singers are black. The opera has been around since 1935. Many tunes in it, including Summertime, now have lives of their own.
6 June 2008
19th Kinotavr film festival opens in Sochi
There are 14 full-length movies set to be screened during the 19th Kinotavr film festival opening tonight in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, to run until 15 June. The festival’s jury is led by the prominent Russian director and playwright Pavel Chukhrai. According to Mark Rudinshtein, the man who organised this cinematic event in 1994, Kinotavr has since uncovered a flurry of new names and talents in modern cinema.
7 June 2008
“The Russian Measured Icon: Its History and Present Day” exhibition opened in Prague
“The Russian Measured Icon: Its History and Present Day” exhibition has opened in Prague. It displays photo copies and consecrated special icons. In the old days, these icons were presented to each baby at the time of its baptism. They were painted on a special board, the height of which was the exact height of the baby and the width was same as its shoulders. The baby’s patron saint was painted on the icon.
8 June 2008
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