Five cultural events for next week

Alice Cooper is performing in Moscow on Oct. 7. Source: AFP / East News

Alice Cooper is performing in Moscow on Oct. 7. Source: AFP / East News

Russia’s Oct. 7-13 events calendar promises tango without rules, musical guillotine, disappearing chairs, ghost stories and other fun.

Oct. 7 (Monday)

The great and terrible Alice Cooper will present his show, “Theater of Death,” on stage at Moscow Crocus City Hall. The show will mark the 40th anniversary of Alice’s band. The king of horror will perform hits that span all 40 years of his career, as well as new songs from the recently recorded album “Welcome 2 My Nightmare.”

Cooper’s nightmares are endless, and, of course, he will show the Moscow audience his signature trick: The singer's head will be cut off by a guillotine right on stage. In addition to the guillotine and a truck full of equipment, scenery and costumes, Cooper will bring two huge bags of garbage from America, which is also necessary for the show. Australian singer and guitarist Orianthi will also perform with Cooper’s band.

Cooper has already performed several times in Russia, including in July 2009, in the “Monsters of Rock” project with the Scorpions, Kingdom Come and The Rasmus. In Russia, Cooper has been listened to and loved from afar since the 1980s.

Oct. 10 (Thursday)

The masters of Argentine tango, Paula Franciotti and Orlando Scarpelli, will perform together with internationally recognized Russian champions Vlada Zakharova and Andrey Makarov, at the Moscow International House of Music and to the accompaniment of the Pasional Orquesta.

Paula and Orlando are one of the most elegant couples in Buenos Aires. They are sensual, artistic and virtuoso, and they are greatly respected on the both sides of the Atlantic. Both dancers teach at schools in Buenos Aires and in Europe. This is not the classic tango, however, but the so-called Tango Nuevo, which is based on improvisation.

Each new generation of dancers in Tango Nuevo tries to find its own style, inventing new and original steps—spins with braided legs, exquisite postures and supports. This is fiery improvisation: It requires a lot of space and can be seen only at rare live shows. The evening promises to be hot, especially considering how many lovers of Argentine music live in Moscow. The tango has infiltrated Russian music culture so much so that it is now considered almost Russia’s own.

Oct. 10 (Thursday)

A gala concert to mark the 200th anniversary of the great Italian Giuseppe Verdi will be held in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The symphony orchestra of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center will perform under the baton of Italian conductor Francesco Cilluffo. They will perform arias, symphonic and choral pieces from the operas “Don Carlos,” “Il Trovatore,” “Macbeth,” “Othello,” “Aida,” and “Nabucco.”

The concert will be graced by Karina Flores’ soprano and Julia Gertseva’s mezzo-soprano, who previously shone on the stages of La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, La Fenice in Venice and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.

Oct. 11 (Friday)

Moscow Design Week, which has already become a tradition in the city, kicks off at Artplay Center. The event is one of the most respected forums for design. Alessandro Gurero, who founded the Alchimia Studio, will present the work of “alchemists” Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass. The Dilmos Gallery will be represented by designers Andrea Salvetti and Alessandro Chiffo.

Documentary photography and videos on the history of avant-garde design will be shown. The exhibition will include covers of the legendary 1980s magazine “Domus.” Massimo Giacon will bring his sculptures from the series “The Pop Will Eat Himself”—a mixture of the Milan school, pop art and postmodernism.

Architects, designers, and furniture and equipment manufacturers will present trends in the hotel and restaurant business, as well. Philipp Starck will discuss the latest technology for the assembly of houses, which can be built in six months from eco-friendly materials. In addition, American artist Brad Ascalon will show his “De-Evolution” project—soft armchairs melt, or de-evolve, in front of viewers’ eyes.

Oct. 11 (Friday)

The Beat Festival—a festival of documentary films about music—begins the Beat Weekend that will take place in eight cities of Russia at once. Novosibirsk, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Samara and Krasnoyarsk will all take part in the event.

Five unique art-house films will be shown during the event: “Teenage” (dedicated to the phenomenon of being a teenager); “David Bowie–Five Years”; “London–The Modern Babylon” (a musical biography of the city); The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle” (about the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols); and “Phantom of the Pyramid.”

The last film, “Phantom of the Pyramid,” is about the journey of the Danish band Efterklang into a preserved mining town in Spitsbergen, which once belonged to Russia. The village is called Pyramid, and the story about the ghosts there is also true.

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