The official opening ceremony of the international cultural project ‘Russian Seasons’ took place in France on 16th January 2020 at the famous Odeon theatre in Paris. The Odeon theatre – one of three theatres holding the prestigious title of the Theatre of Europe together with Piccolo Theatre in Milan and the Maly Drama Theatre. The evening included the premiere of ‘Uncle Vanya’, a play sharing the same name as the work of the great Russian writer A.P.Chekhov. The production staged by one of the leading French directors and artistic manager of the Odeon theatre Stephane Braunschweiger was performed by the leading drama theatre of Russia – The State Theatre of Nations - under the directorship of People′s Artist of the Russian Federation E.V.Mironov.
More than 400 events were planned as part of the ‘Russian Seasons’ in 2020. Before the introduction of restrictive measures by the governments of Russia, France, Belgium and Luxembourg 117 events took place including: theatre tour of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet, an exhibition ‘The Magic of watercolours’ by Sergey Andriaka, a concert by Russian pianist Rem Urasin, a performance by Vadim Repin, a tour of the Russian Institute of Theatrical Art (GITIS) and more.
As a result of the epidemic and the cancellation of a large number of events ‘Russian Seasons’ has launched an online service ‘Stay home with Russian Seasons′. The project aims to provide access to the cultural content of Russia and continue the festival, despite the restrictive measures. Under a special ‘Stay home’ tab, one will be able to find symphony music concerts, and ballet and theatrical productions by leading cultural associations. The online service began on 23rd March 2020 and since then the broadcasts have been shown every week in the Stay home section.
For foreign and Russian audiences the ‘Russian Seasons’ launched an online service ‘Stay home with Russian Seasons’ to provide an access to the cultural heritage of Russia and continue the project despite the restrictive measures. ‘Stay home’ is a free media library for videos and broadcasts of the participants of ‘Russian Seasons’. The leading cultural institutions and creative teams of Russia are presented in a separate section of the official site. All broadcasts are translated into French or English.