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A gala performance, which pays tribute to one of Russia’s greatest ballet dancers, Galina Ulanova, took place at the Bolshoi Theatre on January 17, Itar-Tass reports. Among participants of this event was the First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva, Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeev, and many officials and representatives of public organizations. The concert entitled Mona Lisa of the Russian Ballet was organized by a well-known ballet dancer, choreographer and President of Ulanova Foundation Vladimir Vasiliyev. The gala performance consisted of the first acts of...

18.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The Dutch National Ballet presents a classic full-length production of Don Quixote. In his new production Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky refers back to the first Don Quixote of Marius Petipa in 1869, created for the Bolshoi Ballet. According to Ratmansky, “it is a modern interpretation of a classic ballet” (Don Quixote was first staged at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1869). Alexei Ratmansky, the former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, assumed...

18.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The Bolshoi Theatre, a hallmark of Russia, opened 185 years ago (January 18, 1825), reports ITAR-TASS. In 1776 Catherine the Great granted governor Peter Urusov and Michael Maddox the right to establish a Russian theatre in Moscow. In 1780 the first theatre entitled Znamensky was destroyed in fire. Michael Maddox built another theatre at Petrovka street, which functioned till 1805 and then again was destroyed in fire. The next building located at Arbatskaya square Znamensky was destroyed in fire. The next attempt was taken in 1821. The Moscow theatre...

18.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

January 14 saw the opening of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo. Russian acrobats directed by Vyacheslav Chernievsky are expected to participate in this picturesque event, RIA Novosti reports. This year the festival has gathered 26 circus troupes from all over the world. The festival jury includes Maxim Nikulin (director of Nikulin Circus founded by his father) and Nikolai Kobzov (president of a Ukrainian organization Kobzov’s Circus Union). H.S.H. Princess Stephanie is presiding over the panel. On January 19 she...

15.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The Mariinsky Opera Company has started its traditional tour to Israel, where it takes part in the Red Sea Festival in Eilat town. According to the theatre’s press secretary Oksana Torkanova, the tour will last from January 14 to January 16. Three concerts under Valery Gergiev’s baton will comprise La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi; All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff; Romeo and Juliet and Symphonies No 1 and 4 by Tchaikovsky; Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz.....

15.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Russia’s weekly Literaturnaya Gazeta has turned 180. The newspaper’s first issue came out on January 13, 1830. It was founded by the poet Anton Delvig with the participation of Alexander Pushkin and Petr Viazemsky. It published works by other prominent poets, including Baratynsky, Koltsov and Kuchelbecker. The first work to appear in print by Nikolai Gogol was published by Literaturnaya Gazeta. The newspaper today attracts a wide range of readers in all regions of Russia and abroad and has a print run of 136,000 copies....

13.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Moscow will see a spectacular array of art shows in 2010, Voice of Russia reports. The Kremlin museums are hosting an exposition of Ottoman treasures from Istanbul, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is showing works by Picasso from the Picasso museum in Paris, and the Tretiakov Gallery is featuring an extensive collection of works by the Soviet painter Alexander Deyneka. Sources in the Kremlin museums say the artworks from Istanbul will include personal items, full dresses, weapons and decorations that belonged to rulers of the Ottoman Empire in the...

13.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The Russian celebration of Maslenitsa (a pre-Lent festival) is due to take place for the second time on 7 February 2010 in Potters Fields (London), RIA Novosti reports. It will be a free event with live music and staged performances organized and managed by Ensemble Productions. According to Olga Balakleets, director of this company, the festival aims at raising awareness of Russian culture and cuisine among Londoners and tourists. Visitors of Maslenitsa festival will be able to enjoy authentic Russian talent with folk, pop and rock groups arriving...

13.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Russian-born Kirill Gerstein has won the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, Lenta.ru reports. This award is granted to pianists once in four years, who are “deemed worthy of a global career”. The award comes with a $300,000 paycheck with $50,000 to cover personal needs and the rest to be spent for development of one's music career. Kirill Gerstein was born in 1979 in Voronezh (Russia). At 14 he moved to the US to continue his studies. He became the youngest student ever to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music....

11.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The first international Chamber Theater and Small Scale Productions Festival started on November 24 in Chisinau – the "MOLDFEST.RAMPA.RU".  The festival was organized by the "From the Street of Roses" National Youth Drama Theater with the support of the Russkiy Mir Foundation under the patronage of the Embassy of Russia in Moldova. The main objective of the event, according to the president of the festival and artistic director of "From the Street of Roses" Theater, Yuri Harmelina, is to popularize the...

24.11.2009
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: European Russian Forum

On October 23-24, 2009, the city of Targovishte (Bulgaria) hosted the "Rainbow of Russia" International Forum within the framework of a similarly named project, developed and implemented by the Prof. Nikola Marinov Secondary General School (city of Targovishte), with financial support from the Russkiy Mir Foundation. The forum was devoted to the Year of Bulgaria in Russia. Key event of the forum was a...

26.10.2009
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: European Russian Forum

On the morning of October 9, participants and guests of the book festival “Liber-2009” gathered at the Pushkin monument in Madrid, where a Russkiy Mif Foundation – initiated “Symbols of Russkiy Mir” event took place. Russian Ambassador to Spain A.I. Kuznetsov placed a wreath at the monument’s pedestal and opened the meeting with a warm welcoming speech. After...

09.10.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

On May 22, a cultural program that was held as part of the international conference “Anna Akhmatova and Nikolai Gumilyov in the Context of Russian Culture” took place in Bezhetsk (Tver Region). The conference was supported by a grant from the Russkiy Mir Foundation.  Approximately fifty participants of the forum gathered spontaneously to visit the monuments to Akhmatova and Gumilyov as a way of expressing their feelings for the poets, as well as to read their poems. The...

25.05.2009
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: European Russian Forum

Using a grant provided by the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Vjatcheslav Ivanov Research Center in Rome has completed a project entitled “The Legacy of Vjatcheslav Ivanov: A Meeting of Humanistic Ideas from Russia and Italy.” As part of the project, a website (http://www.v-ivanov.it/) has been created, which makes digitized copies of the center’s Roman archive available online. Among the materials available are poems, articles, translations, Ivanov’s letters and books from his library. ...

05.05.2009
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: European Russian Forum

The Week of Contemporary Russian Cinema, organized jointly by the RCSC and Film Trust India was opened by Prof. Vijaya Muley, renowned film scholar, documentary filmmaker and educator. “Poor, Poor Pavel”, directed by V. Melnikov, was screened as the inaugural film. This will be followed by “The Island” directed by P. Lungin, “Brother” directed by A. Balabanov, and “The Best of Times” directed by S. Proskurina, in the following days. Welcoming the...

05.05.2009 Subject: European Russian Forum

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