The Innopraktika and Russian seasons school is held in two parts: an Art session held in St. Petersburg and completed on October 16, and a Theatre session which started recently in Moscow in collaboration with the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS).
Innopraktika and Russian seasons school is an international educational project, bringing together representatives of different countries and contributing to an intercultural dialogue through educational exchanges of foreign young artists and actors in leading Russian Universities. The purpose of the school is to open Russia's diverse artistic heritage to the young creative professionals, help them develop an objective vision of the Russian art and facilitate cultural exchange. Apart from that the school sets out to promote global values. As an outcome the participants of the school will present their works of art and theatre performances that will incorporate and combine various Russian and foreign cultural elements. The resulting masterpieces will serve as a visual reminder of countries uniting by means of art produced by young talents.
The Innopraktika and Russian seasons school is a unique educational platform unprecedented in our country and possibly in the world. It provides an opportunity to show Russia to a foreign audience, lets its authenticity shine though mutual dialogue, joint practice and an extensive cultural programme. This year the school sessions will be attended by 25 hopefuls from different countries. We hope that in the end of the day, the programme will facilitate strong friendships, creative ideas and new works of art, - said first deputy CEO of Innopraktika Natalia Popova.
The first Art session was held at the St. Petersburg State Repin Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. 14 young artists from Brazil, Germany, Italy, France and Syria for 3 weeks in a row attended lectures, trainings and workshop sessions of the Academy's professors and made a deep dive into the Russian culture.
On the last day of the session, October 16, the students presented their final products: works of art, sculpture, installations and even a theatrical performance. Each of the session's participant came up with ingenious ways and forms to show the result of their work! At the session's close the students had received diplomas on successfully completing the Innopraktika and Russian seasons school and certificated from the Repin Academy of Fine Arts.
'The first Art session came to an end. I will speak frankly, we were worried and nervous about how it will go because of the epidemiological situation in the world and it was our first attempt, first students from different parts of the world. However, the outcome exceeded our expectations. The resulting products that the guys managed to conjure in such a short period of time do not fail to impress. Each piece of art they produced is a story in itself with a clear narrative and message. And all of them speak together about unity, peace and a merger of cultures. We are sure, that the time spent in St.Petersburg and reflected in their art will stay with them for the rest of their lives,' -remarked Alexey Lebedev, director of ANO Russian Seasons.
The Theater session in the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS), Moscow started together with the art programme.
From October 12 to 30, 11 young drama students from Brazil, the UK, Italy, Poland, Spain, Spain, Greece, USA, France and Switzerland will be learning stage direction, playwriting and acting techniques from Russia's top drama school coaches. Master classes, lectures and trainings revealing the traditions and up-to-date trends of the Russian theatre will be delivered for the participants. A compulsory part of the programme is the tours to iconic theaters, museums, and art-venues of the Russian capital.
By the end of the session, the participants are expected to stage Chekhov's plays were students will be both directors and actors.
The Innopraktika and Russian seasons school is an international educational project, which discovers Russia for overseas art students and contributes to the development of intercultural dialogue between representatives of different countries, artistic views and esthetic traditions.
During the school, the students from leading art institutions will learn the tricks of the artistic and theatre trade.
The school was initiated by the Innopraktika company and the Russian seasons cultural project General partner - Gazprom.