The international cultural project "Russian Seasons" continues to work in online format. In the first week of November, dedicated to the Day of National Unity, as part of the Stay Home with Russian Seasons project, broadcasts of the participants of the special project "Russian Seasons" 2019 in Germany - Special Folk Edition will take place. Spectators will be presented with an anniversary gala concert of the Moscow State Academic Theatre "Gzhel", as well as a performance by the famous Russian team - the State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir, custodian of the northern folklore tradition.
On Tuesday, 3 November, a joint broadcast of the jubilee gala concert of the Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre "Gzhel" (6+) dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the team will take place with the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels, Belgium. The broadcasts will take place on the official website of the Russian Seasons http://russianseasons.org/ and the RCSC in Belgium https://ruscentre.be .
The Gzhel Dance Theatre is a cultural visiting card of the capital: it is a permanent participant in the international programme "Days of Moscow" and festive concerts on Red Square and in the State Kremlin Palace. The theatre is also known all over the world: the tour card already includes more than 50 countries. The jubilee gala concert combined ballet parts, folk and modern dances, numbers with many acrobatic elements, unique video installations and a live orchestra. A pleasant gift for all spectators will be the performance of artists in beautiful national costumes, performing the dances "Gzhel", "Gypsy", "Palekh", "Zhostovo", "Pavlovo-Posadsky pattern", "Kalinka" and many others.
The director of the anniversary gala concert is Alexei Frandetti, twice winner of the Golden Mask theatre prize. He defines the general concept of the jubilee show of the Gzhel Dance Theatre as a new life of tradition.
On Thursday, 5 November, the musical marathon on the Russian Seasons website will continue with a festive concert of the State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir "Spell on the Land of Russia", dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nina Meshko, People's Artist of the USSR, artistic director of the Northern Russian Folk Choir from 1960 to 2008.
The team performed on 31 May 2017 at the Arkhangelsk Regional Drama Theatre named after M.V. Lomonosov as part of the project "Northern Choir in 6D format". Artists presented numbers from the choir's "golden fund": "Vologda Lace", "White Nights", "Onega Chizh", and many others. A powerful final chord of the concert was the number "Spell on the Russian Land" to the poems of Maximilian Voloshin and the music of Nina Meshko.
The State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir is one of the oldest folk groups in Russia. It includes choirs, dance groups and an orchestra of Russian folk instruments. The Northern Choir is unique in that it consists only of female voices, which gives it a special sound. The group's visiting card is the famous northern polyphony. Over the 90 years of its history, it has toured around the world.
The artistic director of the Northern Choir is Svetlana Ignatieva, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, Professor of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Arts, Principal Conductor and Orchestra Director - Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation Alexander Kachaev, Principal Chorus Master - Yury Yurkin, Principal Ballet Master - Alexander Selivanov.
Special Folk Edition was the first large-scale festival of Russian national ensembles in Germany. It took place as part of the "Russian Seasons" in 2019 in 6 cities in Germany and brought together more than 20 concerts with the participation of 6 renowned ensembles. Among the participants were the Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre "Gzhel" (Moscow), the Academic Honoured Dance Ensemble of Dagestan "Lezginka" (Makhachkala), the State Academic Ryazan Russian Folk Choir named after E.G. Ryazan. Popov (Ryazan), the State Academic Siberian Russian Folk Choir (Novosibirsk), the Viktor Morozov State Song and Dance Ensemble of the Komi Republic "ASYAKYA" ("Morning Dawn") (Syktyvkar), the State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir (Arkhangelsk).
"During the festive week dedicated to the Day of National Unity, we decided to show the broadcasts of the participants of the Special Folk Edition festival, which took place last year in Germany. This is a special project for the "Russian Seasons". This was the first time that we had combined concerts of Russian national bands into one programme and gave the German audience the opportunity to feel the richness of the Russian soul through the language of dance and song. Today Russian Seasons has reached a new level, and we can tell about the diversity of Russian culture online in dozens of other countries," says Alexei Lebedev.