EXHIBITION OPENING: 'Akhmatova. Anrep. Berlin'.
Feb
4
6:30 pm18:30

EXHIBITION OPENING: 'Akhmatova. Anrep. Berlin'.

The full-size sculpture of a tree will pierce through Pushkin House in this multimedia installation by St Petersburg artist Vitaly Pushnitsky and UK-based Russian artist Olga Jurgenson.  Archive materials from the Anna Akhmatova Museum in St Petersburg are arranged around the them of Akhmatova's encounters with Isaiah Berlin and Boris Anrep.  Curator: Elena Zaytseva.  With the support of the Russky Mir Foundation.  This evening's opening event is now fully booked.  

 

RUSSIAN WINE CLUB: Valentine's Day Special
Feb
5
7:00 pm19:00

RUSSIAN WINE CLUB: Valentine's Day Special

St Valentine's Day Special: for her, for him, for us, for them, for everyone. Let's taste and enjoy the wines made for those special occasions when words just aren't enough. As usual, we will taste six wines, suggest matches with food and finish off with a chance to win a prize in the wine club quiz.  In Russian.

ARTEMIY TROITSKY : RUSSIA TODAY BEYOND "RUSSIA TODAY"
Feb
11
7:00 pm19:00

ARTEMIY TROITSKY : RUSSIA TODAY BEYOND "RUSSIA TODAY"

Join best-loved music critic and sociologist Artem Troitsky to hear what's really going on in and around Russia today socially, culturally and politically and, in his words, get some 'freshly squeezed juice'.  With some recordings to give us a flavour of the musical zeitgeist.  In Russian.   

Recital: Anastasya Terenkova & Pavel Gomziakov
Feb
14
6:30 pm18:30

Recital: Anastasya Terenkova & Pavel Gomziakov

Born in Moscow, Anastasya started playing piano at the age of six in the famous Moscow Gnessin Special Music School, giving her first recital at the age of eleven.  In 2001 Anastasya enrolled in The Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she completed her classical training – including the prestigious postgraduate courses “Perfectionnement” and “Artist Diploma”– studying with professors Georges Pludermacher, Francois Frederic Guy and Itamar Golan (chamber music) and from 2004 with Jacques Rouvier

Janice Ross: 'Leonid Yakobson: Ballet as a Weapon in Soviet Russia'
Feb
18
7:30 pm19:30

Janice Ross: 'Leonid Yakobson: Ballet as a Weapon in Soviet Russia'

Janice Ross, Stanford University dance historian and author of the acclaimed new book, Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia, discusses the compelling story of Leonid Yakobson, a leading muted voice of Soviet dance history who spent decades in creative silence while keeping inner faith with the modernist ideals of the 1920s.  In English.

Talk: Michael Bourdeaux on Goskontsert and the State Censorship of Soviet Music
Feb
19
6:30 pm18:30

Talk: Michael Bourdeaux on Goskontsert and the State Censorship of Soviet Music

Michael Bourdeaux, a keen amateur musician, observed the nefarious workings of Goskontsert and its control of the Soviet musical scene as a member of the first-ever British Council year-long student exchange with the USSR 1959-60. His lecture, drawing on personal experiences, will include some recorded musical examples.  This is a GB Russia event and all are welcome.

Professor Simon Franklin: Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin
Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Professor Simon Franklin: Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin

Between the sell-out production of Eugene Onegin at the Barbican and the production of Tchaikovsky’s opera at Covent Garden, join Professor Simon Franklin of Cambridge University to find out more about the single most beautiful work of Russian literature.  In English, with some readings in Russian.

The Gulag: People and Fates: Oral History from MEMORIAL (St Petersburg)
Feb
24
7:30 pm19:30

The Gulag: People and Fates: Oral History from MEMORIAL (St Petersburg)

Josephine von Zitzewitz will show excerpts from “The Gulag: People and Fates” [Гулаг: Люди и судьбы, Director: Aleksandr Slobodsky], a documentary that grew out of a recent oral history project undertaken by the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” (St Petersburg). Film excerpts in Russian, talk in English.  This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Akhmatova. Anrep. Berlin.
Feb
25
6:30 pm18:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: Akhmatova. Anrep. Berlin.

Come and discuss the lives and work of the great figures explored in our current exhibition: Anna Akhmatova, Boris Anrep and Isaiah Berlin.  Speakers: Robert Chandler, translator; Jane Williams, art historian; Peter Kaznacheev, curator and commentator.  In English.  


Psoy Korolenko "My Uncle..."
Jan
29
7:30 pm19:30

Psoy Korolenko "My Uncle..."

A rather unique one-man cabaret by one of Moscow's most bizarre poet-singers: funny and serious, simple and deep, traditional and contemporary, Russian and international - the "wandering scholar" and "avant-bard" Psoy Korolenko brings his solo to Pushkin House as part of his London tour.  Some people may find some of the material offensive.

In Russian. 

SERGEI GURIEV IN CONVERSATION WITH GIDEON RACHMAN
Jan
28
5:30 pm17:30

SERGEI GURIEV IN CONVERSATION WITH GIDEON RACHMAN

Pushkin House and Russians in the City invite you to come and discuss Russia's prospects with the brilliant former rector of the famous New Economic School, Sergei Guriev, in conversation with Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times.  In English.  Talk: 5.30pm-6.30pm; drinks 6.30pm-7.30pm.  

Nika Shirocorad Family Subscription Concert 2/6: 'Alice in Wonderland' (PART 1)
Jan
25
3:00 pm15:00

Nika Shirocorad Family Subscription Concert 2/6: 'Alice in Wonderland' (PART 1)

THIS CONCERT ON SUNDAY 25 JANUARY IS POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS.  LATER CONCERTS IN THE SERIES WILL TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED.  WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE WE KNOW THIS WILL CAUSE.  Second in a series of 6 weekly Sunday afternoon subscription concerts for children and families, running from Sunday 18 January to Sunday 22 February, by pianist Nika Shirocorad, each woven round the story of a different fairy-tale.  Suitable for children age 4 and up.  In Russian.

RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: NIKA SHIROCORAD FAMILY CONCERT: THE NUTCRACKER
Jan
11
3:00 pm15:00

RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME: NIKA SHIROCORAD FAMILY CONCERT: THE NUTCRACKER

In a second performance to mark Russian Christmas and Old New Year, pianist Nika Shirocorad's afternoon family concert will retell the story of The Nutcracker, including all your favourite dances from the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite for piano, the much-loved 1970s Russian animation, and support from Con Tempo children's collective. In Russian.

BOOK LAUNCH: ELENA POLENOVA: RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES
Jan
8
6:30 pm18:30

BOOK LAUNCH: ELENA POLENOVA: RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES

Come and extend your repertoire of Russian fairy tales and celebrate the launch by Fontanka of folk stories collected and illustrated by the late 19th century Arts and Crafts artist Elena Polenova and originally intended for publication in Britain 99 years ago.  In English.

Christmas Special, OperaCoast presents: Yours, Tchaikovsky
Dec
18
7:30 pm19:30

Christmas Special, OperaCoast presents: Yours, Tchaikovsky

Earlier in the year six new talents on the British opera scene set themselves a challenge to throw away the translations of Russian classics, and get to know the original songs. A Christmas Concert with a twist – this will be a chance for the young singers to proudly present their achievements in music and language.

IGNATY DYAKOV: RUSSIAN FOR BUSINESS
Dec
16
7:30 pm19:30

IGNATY DYAKOV: RUSSIAN FOR BUSINESS

Having published ‘The Story Provocation: for learners of the Russian language (yes, yes, and for you too!)’ - “Rasskaz-provokatsiya” in Russian, his second unconventional language textbook, earlier this year Ignaty thought it may be useful to share his experience of teaching Russian to business people. On the night, he’ll share his observations and offers some tips to make learning Russian for business more efficient.

IZBA RUSSIAN MUSIC CLUB WITH POLINA PROUTSKOVA
Dec
12
7:00 pm19:00

IZBA RUSSIAN MUSIC CLUB WITH POLINA PROUTSKOVA

Have you ever dreamt of singing to the Netherworld? Would you like to learn what the village life in Russia once was and what it is now? Then welcome to the Russian Village Music Club IZBA!

IZBA club sessions take place monthly every second Friday of the month. Tickets are £10 on the door and £9 in advance.

PUSHKIN CLUB: TENTH TRANSLATORS' EVENING: PUSHKIN AND BATIUSHKOV
Dec
9
7:30 pm19:30

PUSHKIN CLUB: TENTH TRANSLATORS' EVENING: PUSHKIN AND BATIUSHKOV

Roger Clarke discusses four Pushkin love poems to Goncharova, and Peter France discusses Batyushkov's To My Friends; Imitations of the Ancients and Imitation of Horace.  Translators, academics, students and anybody interested in Russian literature are invited to discuss the relationship between the original and the translation, compare different translations of the same original text and see how the art of translation helps literature to cross boundaries.  Always thoughtful, congenial and discursive.  In English.