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Events in Saint Petersburg - March 2017

Exhibition “The Russian Revolution 1917-1922”

1 Mar - 31 Mar

The exposition is dedicated to the February Revolution and the Great October Revolution in Petrograd, 1917 and the Civil War, 1918-1922.

Also, the attention is paid to the events which took place in the specified period of time in the national regions of Russia. The October coup induced the process of declarations of the national state entities, the most of which counteracted the central power of the Soviets. The Baltics, Ukraine, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia saw complicated political processes associated with armed struggle, in which, in addition to national forces, both the Bolsheviks and representatives of the “revolutionary democracy” and White movement supporters took their part.

The special role in the exposition belongs to the set of the exhibits depicting the Kronstadt insurrection in March of 1921. This revolt forced V.I.Lenin to come to terms with the peasant majority of the country and to announce the New economic policy. 

The Civil war final in 1922, as well as a final part of our exposition, culminates with the appearance of the new state - the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) - on the world map and forced emigration of more than two million of Russia’s residents from their homeland.

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Exhibition "The Arctic, an inhabited land"

1 Mar - 31 Mar

Сultural items of the native peoples of the Arctic, from the museum collection, which represent the particularities of daily life and national traditions of the small populations of the North, Siberia and the Far East, will be shown at the exhibition 
The exhibition invites visitor to travel across the spaces of the Russian Arctic and to make a glimpse at history and culture of its inhabitants. The choice for exhibition of such ethnographic topics as economic and hunting activities, trade, home, clothes, rites and beliefs, navigation and missionary work is determined by the main objective of exhibition - to show how and by whatmeans people made the Arctic, the territory with extreme environmental conditions for man, their home. 
The name “Arctic” (ἄρκτος – she-bear) is not directly related to its largest inhabitant – white bear, but is derived from the Ancient Greek names of constellations of the Ursa Major and the Ursa Minor with unmovable Polaris and territory situated under it in the Northern hemisphere. 
Not being a mainland the Arctic embraces vast territory (27 millions square km) of the northern periphery of Eurasia and North America neighboring the North Pole and the entire area of the Arctic Ocean with its islands. The Arctic territory with its richest mineral deposits and resources has been always the center of allure for traders, merchants, travelers and explorers. 
Russia always longed the Arctic that had especially attractive power for our country throughout its history from Novgorod merchants and the Pomors to poets and conquerors of the North Pole. The result of this multi-century endeavor was exploration of vast polar territories by Russian travelers, men of service, traders, missionaries, scientists and navigators. Observing, and recording the life of indigenous ethnic groups, living side by side with them they not only introduced new elements in their culture and religion, but also enriched their own with practices of local peoples related to economic activity and life-maintenance system, without which it’s impossible to imagine the present existence of the Russian Arctic’s population. 
Ethnographic objects and archeological findings representing the circumpolar cultures alongside photographs and drawings from the Russian Museum of Ethnography collections and multimedia programs will help visitor to know general and unique features of different ethnic and local cultures’ traditions the complex of which shapes the image of the “Arctic house” common to everybody. 

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Ballet «Swan Lake»

2 Mar

Ballet in four acts music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky 
Swan Lake is a ballet that has become has become a symbol of Russian art itself. The version of the famous ballet cannot be seen anywhere else in Moscow or St. Petersburg: the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s Swan Lake is the legendary ’Old Moscow’ production by Alexander Gorsky and Asaf Messerer. For many years it was considered in Moscow to be the standard production, and now it has been lovingly restored by Mikhail Messerer, Ballet Master in Chief of the Theatre. 
‘Swan Lake is a special title in the ballet repertory. We were discussing which version to choose for our theatre and turned our attention to the production by Alexander Gorsky and Asaf Messerer. According to ballet historians, the historical London Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre in 1956 could be compared to Diaghilev's Russian Seasons in the mission of establishing the priority of Russian ballet around the world. It was during the 1956 tour that the version of Swan Lake received rave critical reviews. The appearance of Mikhail Messerer at the Mikhailovsky Theatre made it possible to revive the wonderful production here’, General Director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Vladimir Kekhman comments. 
‘Our major concern was to avoid repeating the brilliant production by Konstantin Sergeyev, which occupies such an important place in the repertory of our great elder sibling — the Mariinsky Ballet. A hundred years ago, a remarkable choreographer from St. Petersburg (who was then just starting his career as a ballet master) named Alexander Gorsky was transferring the production of Swan Lake by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. And while basing it on the gracious choreography of the original, transformed the ballet and staged it in his own way. The epoch of Alexander Gorsky saw the next phase in the evolution of dance following the balletic classicism of Petipa and Ivanov. Gorsky was influenced by contemporary art; he was attracted by the innovative methods of the stage direction of Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko and the new style of acting it involved. By the way, Nemirovich-Danchenko participated in a production of Swan Lake by Gorsky. 
‘My approach to the production was quite careful, as I adore the version of 1956, but I admit that my contribution, perhaps, modernizes Swan Lake, brings the ballet up-to-date. My alterations in the ballet are minor. They are mostly based on my conversations with Asaf Messerer in 1990. At the time we were talking about possible changes to the production provided he had a chance to stage the ballet Swan Lake once again. In 1956, the sets for the production were designed by the fabulous artist Simon Virsaladze. The same design is being used now: both for the sets and for the costumes. To my mind, the production corresponds to modern society: everybody wants a happy end today, and our Swan Lake will provide it’, Mikhail Messerer says.

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Exposition “Man and Power in Russia in the 19th – 21st Centuries”

1 Mar - 31 Mar

Exposition deals with relations of a man and a government at crucial points of the domestic history 
The sections of the exposition, and reflect the key events of our history: change of political systems and wars, revolutions and reforms, periods of power liberalization and dictatorship strengthening. The exhibits and artistic objects, eyewitness testimonies and “voices of history” show, how actions of those responsible for decision making and ordinary people influenced upon the course of history. 
The exposition area, unusual in terms of its design, allows each visitor to create his/her own picture of the Russian political history, which events are evaluated from different viewpoints. 
The exposition “Man and Power in Russia in the 19th – 21st Centuries” is situated in the central part of the museum on the ground and first floors. The ground floor allows a visitor to see the events and heroes of the domestic history of the 19th – early 20th centuries, whereas the first floor shows the events and heroes of the Soviet and post Soviet era. Final section of the exposition will be located on the second floor, and will show modern political realities.

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Exhibition “Soviet Epoch: Between Utopia And Reality”

1 Mar - 31 Mar

The exposition is dedicated to the most actual and disputable time of the Russian history – the Soviet period. 
Over 1,000 exhibits from the collection of our Museum and state and private archives are displayed in six halls. The Museum interpretation of the subject represents the main stages of the Soviet state system formation (from 1917 till 1985) and the most important elements of social and private life of Soviet people. 
The first part of the exposition reveals the mechanism of Stalin’s power in taking full control over all spheres of life in the country. The second part emphasizes the gradual overcoming of Stalin’s heritage by the Soviet society. 
Official doctrines and goals of Stalin’s “building of socialism in one country”, Khrushchev’s “full-scale building of communism” and Brezhnev’s idea of “developed socialism” are compared to real life of people in a huge country for a period of 70 years. Characters of the exposition are the Communist Party leaders and common people, the so-called “udarniki” (that was the name for all foremost communist-way workers) and outstanding scientists, people from NKVD (People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs) and KGB (the Committee for State Security) and GULAG prisoners, dissidents and councilors of the USSR leaders, workers of official culture and representatives of Soviet underground. 

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Exhibition “Matilda Kshesinskaya: Fouettes of Fate” 

1 Mar - 31 Mar

An exhibition "Matilda Kshesinskaya: Fouettes of Fate" is designed to provide a full overview of the personal and creative biography of the famous ballerina of the Silver Age who left a significant footprint in Russian art. 
Matilda F. Kshesinskaya is not only a synonym of Russian ballet at the turn of the 20th century, but also was a significant personality in the life of high society and culture of St.Petersburg in the last decades of the Russian Empire. 
Today, she is of interest to us as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon encompassing many significant events in the cultural and political history of Russia. Her affair with the future Emperor Nicholas II, and love and business relationships with the Grand Dukes Sergei Mikhailovich and Andrei Vladimirovich caused a lot of innuendo, spawning the most fantastic rumors and gossip. There are still controversial opinions not only about the personality of Matilda Kshesinskaya, but also about the sources of her huge wealth — before 1917, Kshesinskaya was one of the richest women in Russia. 
This is not the first time that the Museum of Political History of Russia pays attention to Matilda Kshesinskaya. What is distinguishing about the new exhibition is that it aims to show her personal and creative life as much as possible freed from myths and secrets, and uses a large number of new archive sources, including those being exhibited for the first time. The exhibition reveals different dimensions of the multi-faceted personality of Matilda Kshesinskaya, showing her as an outstanding ballerina, socialite, mother, wife, lady and businesswoman.

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Exhibition «What wonderful shoes!»

1 Mar - 31 Mar

Collection of figure skates at the Gatchina Palace, at the exhibition hall of the Central building, 1st floor 
The royal family spent time in Gatchina residence not only in summer, but also in winter, especially often it was during the reign of Emperor Alexander III, who chose Gatchina as a place of permanent residence. Ice skating was one of the favorite amusements of the royal family: a vast expanse of water at the Gatchina park with the coming of cold weather turned into excellent skating rinks! At the exhibition visitors will get acquainted with the history of ice skates origin, will learn about their existence at various times in different countries. The visitors also will learn how popular was this kind of winter fun in the Russian Empire and in the royal family. At the exhibition hall on the first floor of the central building will be presented 15 pairs of skates of the early XX century from the collection of Gatchina Palace. 
Exposition will be supplemented by the information stands with the stories about the earliest skates, found during the archaeological excavations, about materials and methods of skate manufacturing, along with the history of this winter fun in Russia.

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Mathilde: The Movie Costumes

1 Mar - 31 Mar

The Catherine Palace of the Tsarskoye Selo hosts a stunning exhibition showcasing about seventy clothing items specially made for “Mathilde” 

“Mathilde” is a historical blockbuster about the Russian imperial court and the ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska. Shot at Tsarskoye Selo and other palaces and estates of St Petersburg, the movie is directed by Aleksey Uchitel and will be released in March 2017. 

The highlights of our exhibition “Mathilde: The Movie Costumes” are the magnificent items made for the coronation scene of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna, which has never been filmed before. 

The famous staterooms of the palace demonstrate the following costumes from the movie: 
– coronation attire of the emperor and coronation dresses of the empresses 
– vestments of orthodox higher clergy 
– ceremonial uniforms of chamberlains and chief chamberlains, equerries and jägermeisters 
– coronation court clothes 
– maid-of-honour dresses 
– ball and visiting dresses 
– military uniforms 
– clothes of imperial court clerks and waiters 
– women’s clothing accessories

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Exhibition “Brandrealism: a retrospectiv”

1 Mar - 31 Mar

Solo exhibition by Sergey Shnurov 
Brandrealism is an art movement that focuses not on the actual objects, but on the structure of reality they exist in. Brandrealism was first manifested by the musician and artist Sergey Shnurov in 2007, and the current retrospective is meant to celebrate the trend’s 10th anniversary. 
According to brandrealism postulates, the man of the XXI century is surrounded not by the pure phenomena, but by the artificially generated brand-products. We wear brands, eat brands, and drive brands. 
Contemporary art has also become a part of the general theory of brands. Inspiration and professional craft occupy a nominal place in the world of art. Contemporary artists tailor their works to the brand-image of a potential buyer: trendy, well-off, not stupid, witty, fashion conscious, with a decent social status. The very sacred concept of “creativity” has turned into another high-profile brand.

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Exhibition “Best of West”

1 Mar - 31 Mar


The beautiful solo show by one the most promising world's photographer Dean West 
Dean West’s complex and multilevel works have already won love of numerous prestigious competitions juries and millions of photography lovers all around the world. 
The exhibition will include several series, such as Church, In Pieces, Fabricate, Olympia and various advertising projects. 
Dean West collaborates with global brands such as SONY, Fox Sports, Disney, MTV and others. And constantly wins awards in photography exhibited around the world.

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Exhibition "Georg Christoph Grooth and the Time of Elizabeth Petrovna

1 Mar - 20 Mar

The exhibition will present more than 150 art pieces by various artists that were active during the time of Elizabeth Petrovnа’s magnificent reign 
Epoch of Empress Elizaveta (Elizabeth) Petrovna is one of the periods of Russian history that are usually estimated as controversial. On the other hand, this was the time of bright flourishing of Russian culture and rich development of architecture, painting, graphic arts as well as art collecting, initiated by Peter the Great and continued by his daughter Elizaveta. The exhibition in St. Michaels’ Castle will present more than 150 art pieces by various artists that were active during the time of her magnificent reign. The core part of the exhibition is formed with the works by Georg Christoph Grooth (1716-1749) – one of the most prominent representatives of the rossika art (works of foreign authors who worked in Russia), whose 300th Anniversary is celebrated in 2016. 
Georg Christoph Grooth has become the founder of the Russian portrait school of the Modernity. He has considerably influenced the formation of the leading Russian painters such as Alexei Antropov, Dmitry Levitsky, Fyodor Rokotov. The exhibition will comprise around 150 works of art from the collection of the Russian Museum and several other museums of Russia; among the works on display are 40 paintings by Russian and foreign artists, over 50 graphic pieces and around 60 objects is applied art. The exhibition is organized with participation of the State Hermitage Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, numerous Russian and some Estonian museums.

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The Fourth Photobiennale of Contemporary Photography

1 Mar - 13 Mar

The Fourth Photobiennale presents around 400 works by 211 photographers both famous and beginners from 46 conglomerations of Russian Federation 
Museum Photobiennale of Contemporary Photography allows us to introduce the oeuvre of professional photographers and photo artists who have just started their career to the museum visitors. In Russia such a museum project was first introduced in 2009. The purpose of the third and the following Biennale projects is to reveal the new names and tendencies in all the types and genres of contemporary Russian photography and to draw visitors' attention to the artists' creative potential. Following the exhibition project that started in 2009, the Russian museum has collected the works of photographers from all corners of Russia. 
The Fourth Photobiennale presents around 400 works by 211 photographers both famous and beginners from 46 conglomerations of Russian Federation. The format of the exhibition reflects all the variety of movements in the art of contemporary photography. The exhibition is divided into the sections such as “City”, “Still life”, “Nu”, “Landscape”, “Portrait”, “Everyday life”, “Religion”, “Stage”. These genres are displayed all together and give a visitor more ideas about the different approaches to comprehension and embodiment of the classic stories. 
According to the tradition the exhibition is accompanied with public polling that will enable revelation and rewarding of the winners.

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Die Zauberflöte opera

3 Mar

Opera in two acts/music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte is performed on the Mikhailovsky’s stage in a version first seen at the Opéra de Lausanne in 2010. The well-known German stage designer and director Pet Halmen decided to shift the opera’s setting to the Duchess Anna-Amalia Library in Weimar, home to a priceless collection of rare books and librettos. And although the idea for this arose following a terrible fire that broke out at the library in 2004, destroying most of the rare volumes stored there, many critics in Europe deemed the production to be one of the most vivacious and harmonious interpretations of Die Zauberflöte in the modern era. 
Recommended for family viewing

Die Zauberflöte opera

La Sylphide

7 Mar - 9 Mar

Ballet in two acts/music by Herman Løvenskiold 
Première of the production at the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre: 29 November 1975 
Première of the revival: 12 November 2016 
August Bournonville’s La Sylphide is returning to the Mikhailovsky Theatre repertoire. The Danish choreographer adapted the original 1832 French version, created for the great ballerina Marie Taglioni, who danced en pointe for the first time in this production. La Sylphide marked the beginning of the romantic era in ballet. The Danish Royal Ballet’s version is the one performed today. In this romantic masterpiece, the everyday life of a small Scottish village clashes with the fantastic world of the spirits of nature. James is enchanted by a beautiful maiden of the air, but he cannot even touch her. The young man’s attempt to embrace the sylph proves to be fatal to this spectral beauty.

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Evening concerts "Silver reed-pipes"

9 Mar

Series of classical performances by Soloists and the Mariinsky Orchestra 
The classical concerts "Silver reed-pipes" will be held at the Concert Hall of Mariinsky theatre from nowember to march. The main conductor of orchestra is Ivan Stolbov. Ivan has made successful appearances at prestigious music competitions. He received the Grand Prix at the Young Wind Instrument Performers’ Competition (Novosibirsk, 2000), and was a prize-winner at the ARD Competition (Munich, 2001) with a wind quintet, the Jeunesses musicales competition (Bucharest, 2004), the Rimsky-Korsakov Wind Instrument Performers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2005) and the International Competition of Wind and Percussion Instrument Performers (Tokyo, 2007).

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Exhibition “The garden of the pleasure Carla Tolomeo”

15 Mar - 31 Mar

Large-scale exhibition of more than fifty objects collection of furniture, paintings and drawings 
Carla Tolomeo started to learn painting in childhood in the Studio of the famous Italian surrealist-metaphysical Giorgio de Chirico. 
In 1997 she began to make their hands surreal chairs-roses and sofas that turn into swans, butterflies. She made a splash in the world of design and quickly gained international fame. 
Collectible furniture Carla Tolomeo is exhibited in the auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's and adorns showcase of the boutique Blumarine.

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The Stone Flower ballet

18 Mar

Ballet in three acts. Marking 125 years since the birth of Sergei Prokofiev. Marking 90 years since the birth of Yuri Grigorovich

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Ballet «Cipollino»

19 Mar

Ballet for children in two acts music by Karen Khachaturian 
This ballet enchants you from its very first minute. The harmony of the melodic and ear-catching music by Karen Khachaturian, bright sets and costumes by Valery Levental and vivid choreography by Genrikh Mayorov, perfect both for children and for grown-ups, made it a real blockbuster. The fairy-tale story by Italian author Gianni Rodari tells of the adventures of the Little Onion boy (in Italian, Cipollino), who fights the unjust treatment of his fellow vegetable folk (his little girlfriend Radish, old Mr Pumpkin, handyman Master Grape) by the fruit ‘aristocracy’ (foppish Prince Lemon, martinet Signor Tomato and twin Countesses Cherries). Even though the ballet was created especially for young people, it never lacks ‘serious’ choreography of classical ballet. The principal dancers of the Mikhailovsky Ballet really enjoy themselves turning from Siegfrieds and Odettes into ‘vegetables’ and ‘fruits’. The rhythms of dance, the portrayal and humour of the characters, and the exceptional performances will keep everyone enthralled.

Eugene Onegin opera

23 Mar

Lyric opera in three acts, seven scenes. Performed in Russian (the performance will have synchronised English supertitles)

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Ballet «Giselle, ou Les Wilis»

26 Mar

Fantasy ballet in two acts music by Adolphe Adam 
The stage life of Giselle hasn’t been an easy one. After its premiere of 1841 featuring Carlotta Grisi and Lucien Petipa, the ballet was performed in France till 1863, when it disappeared from the repertoire. The ballet has been staged in St.Petersburg since 1842. At the beginning of the 20th century during the ground-breaking Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons, the French saw their national ballet, faithfully nurtured in Russia. 
The Mikhailovsky Theatre’s the 2008 production of Giselle by Nikita Dolgushin, a specialist in historical works, managed to amaze both the public and the critics. Dolgushin, a noble Albrecht in his time as a dancer, inspired the creation of the ballet and delicately united dance and mime. He revealed the essence of the romantic ballet, the story of Giselle is told in the language of ballet classicism. Together with Viacheslav Okunev, who designed the epitome of romantic settings, Dolgushin made a production that was described by a British critic ‘an exemplary Giselle’.

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Opera «L’elisir d’amore»

 

31 Mar

Opera buffa in two acts music by Gaetano Donizetti 
Even when the prima donna is German, the tenor stammers, and the basso buffo bleats like a goat, a masterpiece can be born, and that’s how Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore first saw the light of the day in 1832. Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto, after Eugène Scribe’s libretto for Daniel Auber’s Le philtre (1831). Shy and poor Nemorino has no chance with popular and rich Adina. Especially now that dashing officer Belcore arrived in town! Things change, however, when Dulcamara, with his magic potion, manages to settle all the problems. 
Notwithstanding the hurry, the opera turned out wonderfully: the amusing storyline and light melodies created a work that has long been beloved of audiences.

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