Saint Petersburg


A Cultural Kaleidoscope


The city’s main event in the world of culture this autumn is the 6th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. This year’s event is taking place earlier than usual — from 16 to 18 November. The programme is more outstanding and varied than ever.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the October revolution, which radically changed all aspects of life, including art. On 16 November the Aurora Cinema is showing the World premiere of “20:17”. Three young directors — Arseny Zanin, Denis Shabaev and Nikhail Arkhipov — present their own concepts of the revolution, its causes and consequences in three short films. 12+.

The Alexandrinsky Theatre is showing a production entitled “There is no Sun”, based on Mikhail Matyushin’s and Alexey Kruchenykh’s futuristic opera “Victory over the Sun”, Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poem “Good!” and other works by Russian futurists. The young director Anton Okoneshnikov interprets the futuristic texts in accordance with 21st century reality, leaving scope for profound reflection on the revolution itself and the transformations in art that followed it. The production is played in total darkness and is intended for an audience of only twenty four people. 18 November. New Stage, 12+.

In general the theatrical programme of the forum is unprecedented in its diversity . The most anticipated premieres are Valery Fokin’s “Crocodile” performed by the Hungarian National Theatre (18 and 19 November, Alexandrinsky Theatre. 16+) and Eimuntas Nekrošius’s production of “Dziady” with the Polish Teatr Narodowy (16 November, Young People’s Theatre. 16+).

The forum’s musical programme includes three classical concerts. Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev will present a joint programme. On 16 November the opera star Yulia Lezhneva will be appearing at the Cappella. The concert at the Cappella on the following evening will feature the celebrated Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky and the Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai.

In fact, Japan, whose culture remains one the most mysterious and fascinating, is the honoured guest country of the forum. On 16 November the Suzuki Company of Toga will perform “Stage Myths and the Culture of the Body” — a synthesis of traditional Japanese art and modern methods.

Another Oriental theme of the forum is the cultural legacy of China. From 16 to 18 November the “Baltiysky Dom” Theatre-Festival and the Headquarters of the Confucius Institutes are staging “Love Story”, a festival of Chinese opera. The principal guest of the festival is the Suzhou Theatre of “Kunju” Opera. Ten actors and eight musicians will perform “The Peony Pavilion”, an opera about the power of love based on the classic drama by the outstanding 16th century Chinese playwright and poet Tan Xianzu, known as the “Chinese Shakespeare”.

The KGallery and “Soyuzmultfilm” invite you to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Russian animator, director and scriptwriter Fyodor Khitruk, who made the good-humoured and heartfelt cartoons “Winnie the Pooh”, “Film, Film, Film” and “Boniface’s Holiday”. The exhibition “A Century of Fyodor Khitruk” includes his graphic art, sketches and scene selections from the State Central Museum of Cinema and private collections. 17 November — 14 January. 12+.

Where St.Petersburg

September 2018

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