Five cultural events for next week

For the first time after a 10-year hiatus, the Mariinsky Theatre troupe will leave St. Petersburg and travel to Mexico. There they will open a performance of the ballet “Le Corsaire”. Source: Alexey Nikolsky / RIA Novosti

For the first time after a 10-year hiatus, the Mariinsky Theatre troupe will leave St. Petersburg and travel to Mexico. There they will open a performance of the ballet “Le Corsaire”. Source: Alexey Nikolsky / RIA Novosti

Oct. 14–20: Fashion in Ancient Rome, the Mariinsky troupe in Mexico, experimental industrial music, and other relevant news.

Oct. 15 (Tuesday)

The “The Art World of Britten” exhibit, dedicated to the 100th birthday of the great British composer, is opening at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Fate brought Britten together with the singer Peter Pears, for whom he wrote tenor parts that are unmatched in the musical heritage of the last century.

“The Art World of Britten” exhibit

“The Art World of Britten” exhibit is opening at the Pushkin Museum. Source: Press Photo

But their friendship did not end there: Britten and Pears amassed an art collection that now numbers around 1,500 pieces, including paintings, drawings, engravings, lithographs and sculpture, as well as costumes and sketches of scenery.

Thanks to the Britten-Pears Foundation, the artwork from their collection is being displayed for the first time in Russia. Over 50 pieces will be presented at the exhibit, including paintings by John Constable, Spencer Frederick Gore, and Henry Lamb, abstract compositions by Max Ernst and John Piper, and letters, notes and other documents linked to Britten’s relationships with Russian musicians and composers.

Russia occupied a special place in the composer’s life: Britten became friends and collaborated with Dmitri Shostakovich, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya, who performed several times with him at the music festival in Aldeburgh, which was founded by Britten himself.

Oct. 15 (Tuesday)

The exhibit “Valentin Yudashkin — Fashion in Art Space,” which features 25 years of the famous Russian designer’s creative work, is also opening at the Pushkin Museum. The couturier, who will be receiving the Order of the Legion of Honor on the day before the exhibition’s opening, will present haute couture models from more than 50 various collections.

The exhibit “Valentin Yudashkin—Fashion in Art Space,”
The exhibit “Valentin Yudashkin — Fashion in Art Space” is opening on Oct.15. Source: Press Photo

In his work, Yudashkin often refers to the methods and techniques of other epochs, inspired by the work of great artists, sculptors and architects. Hence the names of his collections: Faberge, Eternal City, Vrubel, Art Deco, Russian Avant-Garde, Sun King, and so on.

The models will be displayed in the museum’s permanent exhibition space—the halls of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages and Renaissance, in the halls of French and Italian art of the 16th and 17th centuries, etc. — for an unusual combination tied together with the harmony of novelty.

Oct. 20 (Sunday)

For the first time after a 10-year hiatus, the Mariinsky Theatre troupe will leave St. Petersburg and travel to Mexico. There they will open a performance of the ballet “Le Corsaire.” Later, the Russian artists will present the ballets “The Sylphide,” “Petrushka,” and “Scheherazade.”

This will not be the Russian artists’ first visit to one of the most interesting countries on the North American continent. The Mariinsky troupe has performed in Mexico with enviable regularity — in 2001, 2002, and 2003. A total of over 115,000 Mexicans have attended the Russian dancers’ performances in the past, and tickets are disappearing like hot cakes this time around, as well.

The ballet troupe consists of around 110 dancers, decorations and costumes. All of this equipment will be lovingly packaged into five 40-ton containers, each of which will be delivered from Russia to Mexico by sea. 

Oct. 20 (Sunday)

The Texture International Film and Theatre Festival will kick off in Perm. Besides films from Russia, films from the U.S., the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany and Georgia will also be presented at the contest.

The official trailer of film “Truba” (“Pipeline”). Source: YouTube

This year, Russia is being represented by Vitaly Mansky with the film “Truba” (“Pipeline”) and Madina Mustafina with the film “Milana.” The plays and scripts of Yury Klavdiev, the poet Andrei Rodionov and others will be included in the drama program.

Every year, the jury selects talented people who have excelled in the field of contemporary art, highlighting controversial and relevant topics. The key nominee for the “Texture: Name” award is the director, playwright, screenwriter and recipient of the Debut prize, Anti-Booker prize and Evening Standard Awards, Vassily Sigarev.

Oct. 20 (Sunday)

Cult industrial group Nurse with Wound will hold a concert at the Moscow Hall club. Of all the representatives of the British esoteric underground of the 1980s, Nurse with Wound is perhaps the most enigmatic, shrouded in a thick layer of mystery.

Steven Stapleton, the heart and soul of the group, has absorbed all possible currents, starting from surrealism and Dadaism and ending in krautrock, which is the purest embodiment of the underground and avant-garde.

Widely known in circles of industrial lovers the world over, Stapleton never ceases to surprise audiences with the ambiguity of new experiments. The creaking of doors, crashes, the guitar and fiddlesticks, drum and lamp, pipes, ice in a glass, sticks, rope, spoons, rubber gloves and other amusing items are integral attributes of the Nurse with Wound sound.

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