Directed and choreographed by Angelica Cholina, this internationally award winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of ANNA KARENINA is a choreographed interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.
Without dialogue or subtitles
A young and disillusioned British diplomat abandons his diplomatic career, spends his own money, and risks his life to make a documentary on a journey of faith and war in Ukraine. The country is riven by indescribable events, variously categorised as an EU-inspired and US-organised revolution, a Russian invasion, a civil war, a war of lies and misinformation, a war where thousands of people have died, which has created over a million refugees, and a war at the heart of Christendom which rips the very geopolitical foundations of Europe to shreds. Followed by Q&A with the director.
In English, Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles
Russian journalism does not exist in isolation from the world. This evening brings scholars and media practitioners from different countries to the United Kingdom to add a wider perspective on the logics of newsmaking in Russia. This event is based on a British Academy funded project ‘Self-censorship in post-Socialist states’ (University of Leeds & Aston University).
To coincide with the Tate’s new exhibition of Natalia Goncharova’s paintings, Pushkin House presents a talk by University of Sheffield academic Adam Fergus on Marina Tsvetaeva’s commentary on Goncharova’s paintings, and the interactions and connections between these two monumental figures of the avant-garde.
This talk explores Bulgakov’s life (1891-1940) and The Master and Margarita as a story of surviving in Stalinist Russia. Presented by Dr.Olga Voronina who has taught at the Universities of Leeds, Nottingham, St. Andrews and University College Oxford before returning to The School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL in 2017. This event is organised by the GB-Russia Society and tickets are only available from the GB-Russia Society website: www.gbrussia.org
Please join us for the opening of the exhibition May My Voice Now: 65 years of Russian Culture at Pushkin House. Pushkin House, London’s oldest independent centre for Russian culture presents an exhibition that explores and celebrates 65 years of its history. The exhibition features materials from the newly revealed archives of Pushkin House alongside reflections and interventions by contemporary artists, all of whom previously exhibited in the house. These include - Alexander Brodsky (Moscow), Olga Bozhko (Moscow), Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh (London), Olga Jurgenson (Cambridge, UK), Maria Kapajeva (London), Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Amsterdam, St.-Petersburg), Yelena Popova (Nottingham).
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Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme: 1983 was a supremely dangerous year - even more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' and announced his 'Star Wars' programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles. This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, of missiles being readied, of intelligence failures, misunderstandings and the panic of world leaders. Taylor Downing tells for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to the brink of nuclear war in 1983.
David Brummell will give a talk about the life and work of Yuri Dombrovsky (1909 -1978). Yuri Dombrovsky is comparatively unknown in the West. However, his two main literary works, The Keeper of Antiquities, and its sequel, the Faculty of Useless Knowledge, along with Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, stand as the greatest achievements of Russian literature of the 20th century. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.
In English, with a recital of Dombrovsky's poems in Russian and English translation
Part of the 65th anniversary of Pushkin House programme: Ann and Michael Pasternak Slater, two of the grandchildren of the painter Leonid Pasternak, will give illustrated talks about aspects of his life and work. Leonid (1862-1945), father of Boris Pasternak, came to England in 1939, bringing with him many of the paintings, drawings and sketches he had created throughout his career. An exhibition of Leonid Pasternak’s paintings was one of the earliest exhibitions at Pushkin House, and his work will feature in the upcoming exhibition. He spent the last 6 years of his life in the house in Oxford where Michael and Ann grew up.
Join the award-winning writer Sara Wheeler for an illustrated talk about her new book Mud and Stars: Travels with Pushkin and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age. To write this book Sara travelled across eight time zones in Russia, from rinsed north-western beetroot fields and far-eastern Arctic tundra where Chukchi still hunt walrus to the cauldron of ethnic soup that is the Caucasus. Her guides were the writers of the Golden Age, Pushkin to Tolstoy via Gogol and Turgenev.