On July 1, 2021, two sessions of the Innopraktika and Russian Seasons School program kicked off in St. Petersburg. The events will continue until July 21, 2021.
"Innopraktika and Russian Seasons School" is an international educational project that introduces young art professionals to Russia and promotes intercultural dialogue between representatives of different countries, artistic views, and aesthetic traditions.
"The UN has declared 2021 the International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. Statistics confirm that it is the creative industries that are becoming increasingly common drivers of economic growth. This sector is one of the world's fastest-growing, and the pandemic has only added to the creative industries' momentum. This time we are holding three sessions at once: an art session, a musical session, and a choreographic session. We hope that the rich educational program will help children to read each other's cultural code and erase the borders between countries," - Natalia Popova , First Deputy General Director of Innopraktika.
This year, for the first time, the program includes a choreographic session at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy. It is a unique ballet school with an innovative training system for dancers of the XXI century. Students at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy study Russian classical ballet and contemporary dance techniques. During the choreographic session, 13 talented choreographers and dancers from 11 countries came to the cultural capital of Russia to learn from the experience of Russian teachers and prepare performances that they will show on the final day.
Simultaneously with the choreographic session takes place a musical session at the St. Petersburg Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, founded in 1862 on the initiative of the outstanding pianist and composer A. Rubinstein. Among the first graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory was Tchaikovsky, who graduated with honors in 1865. The session brings together 14 composers, vocalists, and conductors from 10 different countries.
"The Innopraktika and Russian Seasons School is a unique educational project. We help international students discover Russia and its distinctive culture and immerse themselves in its unique traditions. This year, 43 students from around the world are taking part in the school's sessions. We hope that the program will result in lasting friendships and new creative ideas," -Alexei Lebedev , director of Russian Seasons.
In addition to a rich educational program, students will be able to immerse themselves in the cultural and historical environment of the Northern Capital: an unforgettable journey that includes visits to theaters, museums, city tours, as well as walks along rivers and canals.
We recall that as part of the Innopraktika and Russian Seasons School, there has already been an art session held from May 10 to 28, 2021, at the Imperial Academy of Arts. This year the number of applications to participate in the Innopraktika and Russian Seasons School program has increased - a total of 387 works from 49 countries were received, out of which 43 students from 22 countries were selected.