What turn did Russian music take after the 1917? With Stravinsky already in the west, its more experimental side had shifted to Paris and the Ballets Russes, not least with the premiere of The Rite of Spring in 1913. The new Soviet scene was quick to catch up after its own fashion.
A workshop exploring how architecture interacts with people's everyday lives and how it is deployed and manipulated by political and economic power brokers.
Back by popular demand, this workshop will give a compact and versatile insight into contemporary Russian society. It will start with an overview of politics, economics and demographics, to then move on to media and civil society. The final part of the workshop will cover Russia’s elites, the impact of economic sanctions and the role of London.
Drawing on decades’ worth of vivid, alarming, and rarely-seen anti-religious propaganda illustrations directed against what Karl Marx had once called “the opium of the people”, author Roland Elliott Brown will unfold the strange tale of Soviet atheist ideology, from its origins in 19th-century radical thought to its implosion along with the USSR and its legacy in Putin’s Russia.
Back by popular demand, this workshop will focus on some of the key principles in the technique of renowned actor and director, Mikhail Chekhov (1891-1955). As well as exploring his radical psycho-physical tools of preparation such as receiving, ease and qualities of movement, we will investigate one of his most transformative tools: psychological gesture. Through full-bodied movement, free improvisation and work on text and characterisation, we will explore how psychological gesture can revolutionise the actor’s craft.