A new programme awaits the fans of the International Cultural Project 'Russian seasons' within the Stay home with Russian Seasons initiative. Next week the https://russianseasons.org/ website will feature dazzling broadcasts of Russian performers from the vast country's regions.
On Monday, 25 May, one of the most outstanding companies from the Ryazan Philharmony - the Ryazan State Academic Russian Folk Choir named after E. Popov will try on the online format. The viewers will see the artists perform at the closing of the II Professional folk art festival 'the Slavic Horovod'.
The original concert took place in Ryazan in November 2014. The programme features Russian folk songs and other performing arts (traditional, wedding and circle dances), the songs of the Russian composers set to Ryazan native Sergei Yesenin's poems, choreographic compositions: 'From the Blue Oka', 'A Little Barrel', 'Lo, The Scarlet Sun Goes Down', 'A Lyrical Circle Dance', 'A Blue Eagle Flew Past', 'There, There, Young Men', 'Oh, My Naked Maple', 'The Golden Grove'.
The Ryazan State Academic Russian Folk Choir named after E. Popov was founded in 1932. It is characterized by a professional approach to performances and a crisp authentic sound, a sonorous, true 'Ryazan' perfoming technique. The ensemble's key feature is its performance of choral masterpieces set to Yesenin poems.
Its artistic director is an honored artist of Russia Svetlana Sukhova, lead ballet master - an honored artist of Russia Nikolay Shichkin, lead conductor - Alexander Oreshkin.
On Wednesday, 27 May , the musical marathone of the Russian seasons will carry on with one more renown Russian company - the State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir, a keeper of the folk traditions of the North.
The lovers of the Russian culture will be able to enjoy a festive concert 'The Spell of the Russian Land', in dedication to a 100-years birthday of a people's artist of USSR, artistic director of the Northen Russian Folk Choir from 1960 till 2008, Nina Meshko.
The original performance to be webcast was held on May 31, 2017 in the Arkhangelsk M.V. Lomonosov Regional Drama Theatre under the auspices of the ‘Northern Choir in 6D' project. The artists sang the songs from their golden reserve: 'The Vologda Laces', 'The White Nights', 'On a Village Street', 'The Onega Siskin Bird' and many others. A powerful final chord in the concert will be a composition called 'The Spell of the Russian Land' set to the poem of Maximilian Voloshin on a music by Nina Meshko.
The State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir is one of the oldest companies in Russia. It incorporates a dance and a choir ensemble as well as a Russian folk instruments orchestra. The Northen choir is unique because only women sing in it, making it sound very special. It's key feature is the famous Northen polyvocals. In 90 years of its existence the company toured various countries of the world.
The artistic director of the Northen Choir is an honored artist of Russia, professor at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music Svetlana Ignatieva, its lead conductor and orchestra director is an honored artist of Russia Alexander Kachaev, head Choirmaster - Yuri Yurkin, head ballet master - Alexander Selivanov.
On Friday, 29 May, the 'Russian seasons' will show the Imago-Trap dance play staged by the Ekaterinburg conterporary choreography theatre - the Provincial Dances. The play was recorded on stage of the Perm Academic Theatre-Theatre.
The piece is based on the fables of Aesop, La Fontaine and Krylov (The Ant and the Cicada, The Ant and the May Bug, The Dragonfly and the Ant). But Tatiana Baganova does not attempt to illustrate the story of a hard-working ant and a beautiful and idle dragonfly. The bodies and souls of the heroes undergo drastic transformation. Their love, care and support are not just a transactional exchange. The characters are born, fall in love, wander through the labyrinth of relationships, die and come to life, continuously interact in a dance, and change costumes like animals shedding their skins undergoing transformation of feelings and emotions. The Dragonfly and the Ant is a never-ending story of a man and a woman, an individual and a public, a soul and a mind.
Valery Vasyukov, the sound designer, created the score for the piece. He intertwined the fragments of the popular tunes and haunting, almost otherworldly sounds: proprietary rhythmic exercises and creaking sounds. There are two alternative meanings in the name Imago-Trap. On the one hand, imago is the adult stage in the development of an insect, when it becomes capable of reproduction and dispersal. On the other hand, imago is a subconscious recollection of a close person, formed in the early childhood.
Founded in 1990, the Yekaterinburg Provincial Dances Theatre of Modern Choreography is one of the pioneers of modern Russian performing art. The theatre is a 6 times winner of the Golden Mask award. Tatyana Baganova is the lead choreographer and artistic director of the company.
'This week, the Russian seasons will show a plethora of Russian artistic companies from the regions, all of which are permanent participants of the festival. The Ryazan and Northen choirs with their beautiful folk music, the Provincial Dances theatre from Ekaterinburg with its choreography - the viewers will be able to indulge in various aspects of the Russian creative genius. Staying online, the 'Russian seasons' continue to serve as a unique venue for Russian artistic companies, sparking curiosity and interest not only in the Russian viewers, but in the foreign ones as well!' - said Alexey Lebedev, Director, ANO 'Russian seasons'.