Work is in full swing. Fences are being made for the «Begovaya» subway station. The technology is as old as the world itself. Metal is being poured into shapers and fixed with soil - two hours later those are ready. Another matter is that iron workers are used to producing far more detailed elements of decoration.
March 11th marks the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Marius Petipa, renowned ballet dancer and choreographer. For more than 50 years he lived and worked in St. Petersburg. Here he created a unique style of the academic ballet and raised many generations of outstanding dancers. There’s no exaggeration in «the epoch of Petipa» saying, as it has never ended. That is what those who praise the glory of Russian ballet and raise a new generation of artists say. Tatyana Bazhenova continues.
Anton Tsuman, reporter: “faculty number one – one of the most top secret schools of the Military Mechanical University used to be located behind this door. Only a few had known that missile construction was studied beyond these walls. And now we have a chance to see where those who propelled our country to the heights of rocket technologies had learnt their trade”
Mendeleev, Pavlov, Landau, Alferov, Perelman. You can almost populate a whole new city with the great scientists of St. Petersburg. And it would be constantly filled with more people. St. Petersburg appeared in the most unconventional manner in the least obvious place – between swamps and forests. In a place where one would not build a city. And by its existence alone, it proves to all different scientists – sometimes you just have to act in the most unobvious way
Graffiti artists are like hackers - penetrating the city’s systems - have now gone online. But the voice of the streets is still heard in them, according to the exhibition’s organizers. Igor Ponosov has been researching street art, setting the start point at 1971 - when the subculture emerged - to 2011, when the world was taken over by Instagram. The exhibition, comprising of photos and videos, looks more like supplements to an article about art. But, nonetheless, is a declaration of art.
Boris Smelov’s photography spans from 1970s to 1990s within St. Petersburg’s culture. Connected to St. Petersburg, dedicated to St. Petersburg, defined by St. Petersburg. There are great residents of Leningrad, yet there are great residents of St. Petersburg. And Smelov is at the top of the list. In Soviet days, filming the city from atop tall buildings or rooftops was not a trend. Spies did that and such pictures always created suspicion. Maybe thats the reason why Smelov filmed from these angles - from top to bottom, to the side, diagonally. An unusual look at the city. Which even got its own name - Smelov’s angle.
Viktor Vysotskiy, reporter: “ Moliere’s “Misanthrope” comedy can be organically applied to the days of now, because it talks about the conflict of the main character and the rest of the society. It seems that the director – Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy – picked it up in the 17th century to carry it over into the 21st, but dropped it on the way – in the 19th”
The limits of the possible are defined by light. Time has no essence. The stage looks either like a ring, a battlefield or a canvass – where “The Dance”, “Taking off the cross” and “World Creation” by Matisse are portrayed on. The eternally repeated motifs – the history of human hopes, struggles and doubts. Excitement and fatigue. Desperate attempts to overcome solitude. Expressive plasticity inside a glowing square – the physical embodiment of Oleg Karavaychuk’s music
When Walt Disney decided to film a musical based on her books, Pamela Travers was furious. She didn’t like a thing about it – animation, the too-pretty Julia Andrews in the main role and, particularly, songs. We can only guess what the writer would have said about the Soviet film “Goodbye, Mary Poppins”. But viewers loved both films
The artist has been opening exhibitions in St. Petersburg with an admirable frequency. And its worth mentioning – he never repeats those. A fundamental love for work is something that has always been Shemyakin’s famous trait. He has never spoken about a creative crisis. A year ahead of his jubilee – Mikhail Mikhailovich turns 75 in 2018 – an exhibition called “Shemyakin. The opening” was launched in our city. Pavel Bogdanov attended it
Creaters of the “Faceless” show were inspired by the Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghost”. Guests of the mansion find themselves in a mysterious town of the early 20th century, where usual understanding of logic, time and even morals just doesn’t work. You can be both a spectator or an actor. Watch or act! Masks – handed out to each visitor before the play – serve as a guarantee of anonymity, or even impunity.
There’s an anecdote among musicians about composer Vano Muradeli – that of is argument woth Vasiliy Pavlovich Solovyev-Sedoy. Vano Muradeli was big name composer and, more importantly, big name poet of the Soviet era – invoking genuine fascination with the laureate of two Stalin’s medals. His opera “October” has now been executed by director Yuriy Alexandrov, marking the 100th anniversary of the Great October Revolution. What came out of it – in Darya Patrina’s report.
After rebuilding the historic landmark into an apartment hotel, a building by the great architect Stasov began to collapse, and its northern wall started to slide down into Moyka river. Right now the works have been ceased, and Saint-Petersburg residents are to choose between two projects of this historic zone’s restoration and development. Pavel Nikiforov reports.