Alexey Balabanov first UK retrospective

1 February – 25 May 2014
The May Fair Hotel Theatre
Academia Rossica is delighted to present the first UK retrospective of Alexey Balabanov’s work from the years 1997-2012. The nine most seminal films of this uncompromising, unflinching director will be shown at the May Fair Hotel Theatre starting from 1 February through to May.

Verse and Music Give the Gift of Life

12 January 2014
Criterion Theatre, London
Chulpan Khamatova's charity performance, "The Hour When You Leap Into Souls As Into Arms", will take place at the Criterion Theatre at the heart of London, supporting children in the care of the Podari Zhizn and Gift of Life foundations.

Mikhailovsky Theatre in London

26 March - 7 April
at The London Coliseum
St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross WC2N 4ES

Academia Rossica Film Nights: Euphoria

Tuesday, 19 February, 9pm
Mari Vanna Restaurant
One of the most beautiful and poetic films of Russian New Wave cinema, Euphoria tells a story of unexpected, true, and ruthless love.

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MARINA RAZBEZHKINA >>>

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WINTER, GO AWAY!
Marina Razbezhkina is one of the most instrumental figures involved in raising a new generation of documentary filmmakers in Russia today >>>

Russian Theatre at Edinburgh International Festival

24 - 26 August 2012, 30 August - 1 September 2012
Edinburgh
Don't miss Dmitry Krymov‘s Midsummer Night's Dream and the Mariinsky Ballet's legendary Cinderella at Edinburgh International Festival!

Russian Theatre Comes to the UK this Summer!

10 - 18 August 2012
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB
Russian artist and director Dmitry Krymov presents the world premiere of his beautiful and unique production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It)

Boris Akunin

Born in the small Georgian industrial town of Zestafoni in 1956 to a Georgian father and Russian-teacher mother, Akunin is an essayist, literary translator and a celebrated writer of detective fiction. After developing an interest in Japanese Kabuki theater, he joined the historical-philological branch of the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Moscow State University as an expert on Japan.

Boris Akunin

Born in the small Georgian industrial town of Zestafoni in 1956 to a Georgian father and Russian-teacher mother, Akunin is an essayist, literary translator and a celebrated writer of detective fiction. After developing an interest in Japanese Kabuki theater, he joined the historical-philological branch of the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Moscow State University as an expert on Japan.

A Warsaw Melody

28 March – 28 April 2012, Arcola Theatre
Leonid Zorin’s warm, tender and wryly charming tale of love behind the Iron Curtain premieres in London at the Arcola Theatre.

Singers from the Mariinsky Academy

7.30pm, 24 March, Wigmore Hall
Larissa Gergieva presents five of the best young singers from the Mariinsky Academy of 2011, among them the baritone Andrei Bondarenko, winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World 2011 Song Prize.

The Arts of the Russian and Soviet Modernists

24 February – 2 March 2012, SCRSS
An exhibition opens in Brixton with displays of posters, photographs, architectural designs, book illustrations and more from the archives of SCRSS.

Measure for Measure

24 & 25 April 2012, Globe Theatre
The acclaimed Vakhtangov Theatre mark their London debut with a Russian language production of Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ at the Globe Theatre.

Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka

19 February 2012, Shaftesbury Theatre
The Moscow State Gogol Theatre presents a family-friendly performance of “Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka” in Russian with English surtitles.

Maslenitsa comes to London!

19 - 26 February 2012
Celebrate the arrival of spring Russian-style!

Ludmila Ulitskaya

Ludmila Ulitskaya was born in 1943 in the Urals and graduated from Moscow University with a Degree of Master in Biology. She worked in the Institute of Genetics as a scientist. Shortly before Perestroika she became Repertory Director of the Hebrew Theatre of Moscow and began writing scripts. Ulitskaya can be defined as one of the most far-reaching contemporary Russian writers with over two million books sold worldwide.

Martin Dewhirst

Martin Dewhirst has lectured on Russian language and literature at the University of Glasgow since 1964. He is particularly interested in twentieth century Russian literature and has compiled many bibliographies on the subject for The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. He has worked periodically on the Samizdat staff of Radio Liberty in Munich and is also a specialist on Soviet censorship and archives.

Mikhail Shishkin wins the Big Book Prize

Congratulations to Mikhail Shishkin for winning Big Book Prize and the readers' choice for his novel Pismovnik (Letter-Book).

The Queen of Spades

12th October - 12th November
Pushkin's classic novella is reinvented as a thrilling drama of the imagination at the Arcola Theatre this autumn.

Battle of the Book Trailers at MIBF

On the 10th and 11th of September the Theatre at the Moscow Book Fair's International Lounge was home to a battle of book trailers from the world's leading publishers. Over 75 clips were screened on the Theatre's video wall representing books of all genres from across the world and visitors to the fair were able to vote for their favourite video. Find out who won here!

Leo Tolstoy: Flight from Paradise by Pavel Basinsky

‘We all put on a brave face with each other, and forget that without love we’re the most wretched of the wretched. But we grow used to acting this way and become spiteful and proud, and mistake sick chickens for fierce lions.’ Letter from Tolstoy to his friend Vladimir Chertkov DEPARTURE OR ESCAPE?

Letter-Book by Mikhail Shishkin

I open yesterday’s Evening News, and it’s all about you and me. It’s going to be the word in the beginning again, they write. But meanwhile in the schools they rattle on in the same old way, saying first of all there was a big bang, and the whole of existence went flying apart. And what’s more, supposedly everything already existed before the bang – all the words that still hadn’t been said, all the galaxies we can see and the ones we can’t.

Rossica 18

The Ties of Blood
Russian Literature from the 21st Century

This edition of Rossica takes on a new form! It is an Anthology of New Russian Writing, featuring both prose and poetry translated into English and edited by leading specialists.
The issue was launched at the first Russian Literature Week, in April 2008.

Little Eagles by Rona Munro

16 April – 7 May 2011
The RSC announces Rona Munro's "Little Eagles" at Hampstead Theatre.
A story about the battle for military supremacy during the Cold War, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit around the earth.

Bed and Sofa

29 March - 23 April, Finborough Theatre
Based on the 1927 black and white Russian film by Abram Room, Bed and Sofa is a musical written by Polly Pen and Laurence Klavan.

Ludmila Ulitskaya

Ludmila Ulitskaya was born in 1943 in the Urals and graduated from Moscow University with a Degree of Master in Biology. She worked in the Institute of Genetics as a scientist. Shortly before Perestroika she became Repertory Director of the Hebrew Theatre of Moscow and began writing scripts. Ulitskaya can be defined as one of the most far-reaching contemporary Russian writers with over two million books sold worldwide.

Ulitskaya

Ludmila Ulitskaya was born in 1943 in the Urals and graduated from Moscow University with a Degree of Master in Biology. She worked in the Institute of Genetics as a scientist. Shortly before Perestroika she became Repertory Director of the Hebrew Theatre of Moscow and began writing scripts. Ulitskaya can be defined as one of the most far-reaching contemporary Russian writers with over two million books sold worldwide.

Akunin

Born in the small Georgian industrial town of Zestafoni in 1956 to a Georgian father and Russian-teacher mother, Akunin is an essayist, literary translator and a celebrated writer of detective fiction. After developing an interest in Japanese Kabuki theater, he joined the historical-philological branch of the Institute of Asian and African Countries of Moscow State University as an expert on Japan.

Sovremennik Theatre

21 - 29 January
The Moscow-based Sovremennik Theatre is bringing three of their acclaimed productions to London for the first time. Into the Whirlwind, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard, directed by Galina Volchek, will be performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Marriage by Nikolai Gogol

26-28 November, Shaw Theatre
Gogol's comedy is performed by the Moscow Academic Mayakovsky Theatre Company in Russian with English subtitles and directed by Sergey Artsibashev. Written in 1833, Gogol called it 'An utterly incredible event in two acts'.

A Dog's Heart

20 November - 4 December
Based on Mikhail Bulgakov's once-banned satire on the New Soviet Man, composer Alexander Raskatov's new work tells of the stray mongrel who becomes human after an experimental organ transplant. The director Simon McBurney makes his English National Opera debut in this major new collaboration with acclaimed UK theatre company Complicite.

All about Diaghilev!

Diaghilev fever is taking London by storm. The V&A's major exhibition 'Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929' reveals Diaghilev's enduring influence on 20th-century art, design and fashion. The V&A is also holding a number of other Diaghilev themed events, including 'The Music of Diaghilev with the Philharmonia Orchestra' and 'Rephrasing the Ballets Russes', in collaboration with the English National Ballet. And the perfect accompaniment to this year's season of Diaghilev events is Sjeng Scheijen's new biography of the arguably the greatest (and most controversial) impresario of all time.

Inspired by Diaghilev - Hampstead and Highgate Festival

24 September - 3 October
Over 40 events covering dance, film, music, poetry, theatre and visual art will take place across Hampstead and Highgate. The programme includes Matthew Hurt’s 'Lightening Conductor' a dramatic profile of Diaghilev (played by Simon Callow) as well as classical music concerts focusing on the composers who worked with Diaghilev and an exhibition of photographs of Ballets Russes dancer Tamara Karsavina.
There will also a series of events entitled ‘Russian Voices’ which focus on Anton Chekhov (Jonathan Miller), Leo Tolstoy (Zinovy Zinik), the Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy and Anna Akhmatova’s cycle of poems, ‘Requiem’, read by Glenda Jackson.

Preview of The Concert starring Aleksei Guskov

Thursday 10 June, 8.30pm, Ciné lumière
Winner, Best Music for Film and Best Sound, César Awards 2010
Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was the celebrated conductor of the renowned Bolshoi Orchestra. But during the communist era, he was fired at the height of his fame for refusing to get rid of all his Jewish musicians. Now demoted to the position of cleaner at the Bolshoi, he learns by chance that the Châtelet Theatre in Paris has invited the Orchestra to perform there. Andrei decides to reunite his orchestra and to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi Orchestra.

The Skidelsky Russian Lecture: Rediscovering Russian roots

Monday 7 June, 7pm
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre Courtauld Institute, Somerset House
Chaired by Elaine Feinstein
The Bolshevik Revolution produced a mass exodus of Russia’s aristocracy and educated bourgeoisie. In the years following 1917 many of Russia’s most talented writers, artists, composers, scientists, professionals,
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