More than 37 million views - the staff of the international cultural project 'Russian Seasons' of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation sums up seven months of its operation in online mode. The online service 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' celebrates its anniversary week - on Thursday, October 29, its 100th webcast will take place. This digital campaign provides for videos from the leading cultural institutions and art companies of Russia, participants of the international cultural project 'Russian Seasons' of 2020 and previous years, to be presented on the official 'Russian Seasons' website and on its social media outlets.
In seven months of the project's existence, the total coverage amounted to 37 million views on the official website russianseasons.org, on social networks, as well as on the websites of participants of the 'Russian Seasons' and the festival's partners. By number of the online program views, the top 15 countries include Russia, France, USA, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Spain, Belarus, Italy, Ukraine, Belgium, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Israel, and South Korea.
The greatest response among the audience was Ilia Averbukh's ice show 'Romeo and Juliet' ,Puccini's opera 'Bohemia' of the St. Petersburg Music-Hall Theatre as part of the VIII St. Petersburg International All Together Opera Festival, special 'Saturday with Mariinsky Theatre', a concert by pianist Denis Matsuev and conductor Valery Gergieventitled 'The Cultural Bridge of Memory ' dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, performances at the 'Blue Bird' Young Talent Contest , 'Boris Godunov' stage production by Et Cetera Theatre , a concert 'The Nutcracker' given by the Svetlanov Russian State Orchestra along with the Choir of Boys of the Sveshnikov Choral School , the closing ceremony of the international military music festival 'Spasskaya Tower' of 2019, the St. Petersburg Capella presenting its musical and poetic composition 'Russia, Rus! Please Keep Yourself Safe!', a piano duet by Boris Berezovsky and Alexander Gindin at the Moscow Concert Hall 'Zaryadye' .
Over 50 institutions of culture and art companies have become participants of the 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' online project. Among them are Mariinsky Theatre, Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the 'Moscow Soloists' Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet, 'Helikon-Opera' Music Theatre, the Igor Butman's Moscow Jazz Orchestra, the Igor Moiseev State Academic Ensemble of Popular Dance, International Military Music Festival 'Spasskaya Tower', to name but a few.
For the last week of October, the 'Russian Seasons' staff prepared a special program of the 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' online service broadcasts.
Thus, on Tuesday, October 27, the audience will be reintroduced to the stage production 'Marriage' (12+) based on the play of the same title by Nikolai Gogol. The Valery Fokin's extravagant and unexpected interpretation on the stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre will leave no one indifferent: the action takes place on a skating rink, with all the main characters skating. According to theatre critics, the Gogolean 'Marriage' has never been treated in such fashion during almost two centuries of its history. Not surprisingly, the production won the Russian National Theatre Award 'Golden Mask' in the 'Best Directing' and 'Best Acting' nominations. The webcast is supplied with French subtitles.
On Thursday, October 29 , the 100th anniversary broadcast of 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' will take place. Its program includes Ilia Averbukh's surrealistic ice show 'Alice in Wonderland' featuring celebrated repeat champions of Russia: Tatiana Volosozhar, Maxim Trankov, Ekaterina Gordeeva and many others. Once again, ice will become the main place of action. The production is enhanced by conjuring tricks and circus acrobatic feats performed by 'Circus Group' under the direction of Timur Ochilov: these are acts with trampolines, hoops and even with fire. The show also employs aerial gymnasts and funambulists and uses the most advanced audiovisual technologies, including 3D mapping. The show is produced by Ilia Averbukh, a legendary athlete, figure skater, silver medalist of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He took part in the creation of the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and in the staging of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympic Games, as well as the opening ceremony of the IIHF World Championship.
'When we were launching the platform in March this year, we could not imagine that the project would become so popular and in high demand not only with the audiences but also with the cultural institutions. A great amount of work has been done to collect its content, to translate it into English or French. 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' has become a link between cultural institutions and foreign and Russian audiences. Together, we've managed to uphold interest in Russian culture, to draw attention to creative arts that was previously unavailable online. The 100th webcast will be held this week, and I am quite confident that this project has a very promising future,' claimsAlexey Lebedev, Director of the 'Russian Seasons' INPO .
The 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' project will continue to work on an ongoing basis, and the organizers are gearing up an extensive program for it, by launching their own content, such as video tours in English, 'Exploring Museums with Russian Seasons', featuring the leading museums of Russia, and a special seasonal holiday program for Russian and foreign audiences.
The webcasts start at 20:00 Moscow time.