Swan Lake at the Alexandrinsky Theater St. Petersburg

Alexandrinsky Theater / Александринский театр Alexandrinsky.ru Ticket Office: 9:00 – 18:00 Monday through Friday ~1500 rubles per person (for good seats) Swan Lake was not the first ballet I had been to, but it was definitely the best. Before I came to Russia, one of the things that I absolutely had to do was to go […]

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The Kremlin Ballet in Moscow

In late September, as one of the SRAS Cultural Excursions, our group went to see the ballet “Snow Maiden” (“Снегурочка”) at the Kremlin Ballet (Театр “Кремлёвский балет”). This ballet is performed in two acts to a music score by 19th-century composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Пётр Ильич Чайковский). Andrei Petrov, Kremlin Ballet founder and Artistic Director, […]

Swan Lake in Bishkek

Международный фестиваль Балета/The International Festival Ballet Академический Театр Оперы и Балета/Opera and Ballet Theater Абдрахманов (Совиетская) ул/Abdrahmanov (Sovietskaya) St. Tickets: 500-1000 som/$10-20 When a friend suggested spending an evening at the ballet, I leapt at the opportunity. While ballet may not necessarily spring to mind when thinking about Kyrgyz culture, I thought it would be […]

A Night at the Opera

Mariinsky Theater/Мариинский театр Театральная площадь, д. 1 Metro Садовая www.mariinsky.ru The Mariinsky Theater has gotten a lot of press lately with the controversial opening of the new Mariinsky stage. Many residents of St. Petersburg have complained that the new Mariinsky stage is hideous and does not fit with the style of the city. Some have […]

Swan Lake Ballet at the Musical Comedy Theatre in St. Petersburg

Ballet stands as one of the most acclaimed forms of Russian high culture, and perhaps no other show best captures this magnificence as Peter Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. So when SRAS (the School of Russian and Asian Studies) provided the opportunity to attend  a performance at the Musical Comedy Theater, my fellow students and I felt […]

The National Opera of Ukraine

The National Opera of Ukraine / Національна опера України Kyiv, 01034, Volodymyrska st., 50 Convenient entertainment, rich culture, low cost Box-office hours:  Monday: – 11:00 – 19:00 All other days: from 11:00 – 19:30 Tickets starting from $2 www.opera.com.ua/en/ The National Opera Theater of Ukraine is a gem of Ukrainian and Russian culture that houses […]

New Mariinsky Theater Addition Draws Controversy

Even before its official opening on May 2, the new Mariinsky Theater building was at the center of controversy. The $630 million, 850,000 square feet structure runs the length of an entire block in St. Petersburg’s beloved theater square, nestled behind the original 19th century structure and connected to it by a footbridge.  While the […]

AES+F Collective

Moscow-based AES+F Collective’s body of work is reflective of the nuanced backgrounds of collective members Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes — the first letters of their last names creating the group’s moniker. Husband and wife Evzovich (b. 1958) and Arzamasova (b. 1955) trained as “conceptual architects” at the Moscow Architectural Institute. […]

The House of Navy Officers Theater in Vladivostok

“Chmorik” / “Чморик” at Дом Офицеров Флота / The House of Navy Officers Ул. Светланская, д. 48 Starts at 5 pm; Shows every month – check the theater for schedual Cost: 200 rubles  Russia being a country so rich in the dramatic tradition, home to such greats as Chekhov, Gorkii and Ostrovskii, I was a […]

IGLU Youth Theater Group “Experiment” in Irkutsk

As Shakespeare said, all the world’s a stage, and it seems that this maxim applies even to Siberia. Indeed, Irkutsk is quite well serviced as far as theater goes: with the musical theater, A.V. Vampilov Theater, puppet theater, and youth theater, there is a range of options for even a discerning theatergoer. However, for a foreigner […]

The Blue Noses

The Blue Noses, an artistic duo consisting of Alexander (Sasha) Shaburov and Vyacheslav (Slava) Mizin, was founded in 1999.  The group is known for their satirical and oft-times provocative works, which encompass photographs, videos, and performances that parody and critique Russian society, art, politics, and religion. Using decidedly low-tech methods in their artistic endeavors, their […]

The Art of “War:” Voina and Protest Art in Russia

The radical and absurdist art collective Voina (which means “War,” in Russian) was founded in 2005 by husband and wife Oleg Vorotnikov (who goes by “Vor” or “thief” in Russian) and Natalia Sokol (who often goes by the nicknames “Kozlenok,” or “Koza,” both of which refer to goats). Described by supporters as a “street collective […]

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