Russian Fashion Through the Ages (1 of 3) Russian Fashion Icons: From the Soviet Era to Today
Sep
18
7:00 pm19:00

Russian Fashion Through the Ages (1 of 3) Russian Fashion Icons: From the Soviet Era to Today

Expert fashion stylist, Natasha Vinnikova (as featured in Elle Russia and Vogue Italia), hosts Week 1 of the Masterclasses Series on Russian Fashion Through the Ages. This masterclass will focus on how Russian fashion icons gained their popularity, the evolution of how they influenced the masses, and how social and political norms during the Soviet era dictated the timeless simplicity of their ensembles. 

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The State Duma’s Role In Russian Politics
Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

The State Duma’s Role In Russian Politics

Often caricatured as a rubber stamp legislature, the Duma plays an important role in Russian politics and policy. In an informal system, where political power depends on catching the Kremlin’s notice, the Duma is a key venue for both political theatre as well as policy development. This talk aims to shine more light on one of the most under appreciated-elements of the Russian government.

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Open Day
Sep
20
5:30 pm17:30

Open Day

Come along and meet the teachers and staff of the Russian Language Centre, situated on the top floor of Pushkin House. Find out more about the October term, starting 7th October 2019, browse course materials, learn more about taking a Russian language examination, take a free taster class for beginners, and more.

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Michael Chekhov Technique
Sep
21
10:00 am10:00

Michael Chekhov Technique

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.

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Russian Fashion Through the Ages (2 of 3) Russian Fashion and the West: Before and After the Collapse of the USSR
Sep
25
7:00 pm19:00

Russian Fashion Through the Ages (2 of 3) Russian Fashion and the West: Before and After the Collapse of the USSR

Expert fashion stylist, Natasha Vinnikova (as featured in Elle Russia and Vogue Italia), hosts Week 2 of the Masterclasses Series on Russian Fashion Through the Ages. In this masterclass, Natasha will explore the progress of Russian fashion before and after the Soviet Union, what Western influence really meant; and feature a delve into the Russian designers who made it through to the Western market.

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Gabriel Prokofiev 'Saxophone Concerto & Bass Drum Concerto' Album Launch
Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

Gabriel Prokofiev 'Saxophone Concerto & Bass Drum Concerto' Album Launch

A launch of Gabriel Prokofiev’s new album: Saxophone Concerto & Bass Drum Concerto. The launch will feature Joby Burgess performing a selection of movements from the album alongside other connected repertoire. Special guest will be the saxophonist Christian Forshaw performing selections from the Saxophone Concerto with piano accompaniment from Maksim Štšura. The composer Gabriel Prokofiev will give short introductory talk about the compositions, and recording process in Yekaterinburg.

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Exploring Identity in Student Filmmaking
Sep
27
7:30 pm19:30

Exploring Identity in Student Filmmaking

We will be exploring questions around the concept of modern Russian identity, how it has evolved and manifests in young people - especially those on the move and in between cultures. We will hear from our guest speaker, Nimasu Namsaren, and watch her award winning short film ‘Mavzhuda’ - a narrative on her experience with identity thought the lens of student film-making.

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September Full Day Translation Workshop with Robert Chandler
Sep
29
11:30 am11:30

September Full Day Translation Workshop with Robert Chandler

All translators, at any stage of their careers, are welcome to attend this one-day Russian-to-English translation workshop; the only requirement is fluent English and a reading knowledge of Russian.  We encourage a truly collaborative approach, which is helpful and enjoyable.  We will spend at least half of the time looking at a passage from a story by Teffi.

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Soviet Metro Stations
Oct
1
6:00 pm18:00

Soviet Metro Stations

A lecture and presentation with photographer Christopher Herwig followed by a Q&A discussing his latest project - Soviet Metro Stations, a new book from Fuel Publishing. The book goes far beyond the obvious chandelier beauty of the Moscow Metro and explores the systems of 15 cities across 6 countries from the former USSR.

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Russian Fashion Through the Ages (3 of 3) The Future of Russian Fashion
Oct
2
7:00 pm19:00

Russian Fashion Through the Ages (3 of 3) The Future of Russian Fashion

Expert fashion stylist, Natasha Vinnikova (as featured in Elle Russia and Vogue Italia), hosts Week 3 of the Masterclasses Series on Russian Fashion Through the Ages. This masterclass glimpses into the future of Russian fashion, exploring how it might endure as we move into the future, and delve into a discussion of what factors the industry must consider to survive on tomorrow’s international fashion platform.

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Ukrainian Politics after the 2019 Elections
Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

Ukrainian Politics after the 2019 Elections

2019 was a monumental year for Ukrainian politics with Volodymyr Zelenskiy comfortably capturing the presidency, and his Servant of the People party achieving the first overall Rada majority in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history. While the course of the Zelenskiy administration is difficult to project, given the ongoing conflict in the Donbass, Crimea, and his own lack of political background, the elections themselves are a milestone in Ukraine’s democratic transition. This roundtable will explore the implications more deeply.

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In Conversation: Margarita Gluzberg and Tom McCarthy
Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

In Conversation: Margarita Gluzberg and Tom McCarthy

An evening with artist Margarita Gluzberg, in conversation with writer, critic and cultural theorist Tom McCarthy to discuss Gluzberg’s ‘In Paradise’. The exhibition explores her childhood, 40 years after leaving the Soviet Union and 40 years since Andrei Tarkovsky's classic sci-fi drama ‘Stalker’ was made. Stalker remains a radically current film touching on major cultural and existential themes. It follows a journey through the restricted Zone to the infamous room that can grant any wish. When Gluzberg left Moscow, the West itself represented a forbidden Zone that held infinite promise.

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Godless Utopia: Soviets Against Religion!
Oct
5
11:00 am11:00

Godless Utopia: Soviets Against Religion!

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.

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Rarities of Russian Music
Oct
6
3:00 pm15:00

Rarities of Russian Music

An evening of music with Artem Kotov, guest artist from Moscow, for the opening concert of our 2019-2020 Music Salon programme. This evening’s exceptional programme explores early Russian classical music, as well as piano music by rarely heard Russian composers Genishta (1795-1853), Lyadov (1855-1914), Catoire (1861-1926) and Roslavets (1881-1944). Artem Kotov is part of ‘Moscow Soloists’, Russia’s only Grammy award-winning ensemble.

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Nithurst Farm: An Exploration of A New House by Architect Adam Richards, Inspired by 'Stalker'
Oct
9
7:00 pm19:00

Nithurst Farm: An Exploration of A New House by Architect Adam Richards, Inspired by 'Stalker'

Nestled in the South Downs National Park is an extraordinary new creation by architect Adam Richards, built for his family and drawing on sources as varied as Vanbrugh, Roman ruins and Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. There will be a presentation on the house, with images, followed by a Q&A with Pushkin House Director, Clem Cecil House.

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'War and Peace' 150th Anniversary Wine Tasting
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

'War and Peace' 150th Anniversary Wine Tasting

Tolstoy’s ideas, novels and life are still highly relevant in the modern world. War and Peace remains one of the greatest novels ever written. “Greatest” is a word which Tolstoy does not take lightly. As he himself said, “there is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness, and truth.” So come to the Pushkin House Wine Club on the 10th October, 19.00–20.30 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of War and Peace and the life of its author with wines he might have drunk and enjoyed.

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Settling into the English Language
Oct
12
10:00 am10:00

Settling into the English Language

A participatory workshop, creatively exploring ways to becoming more at home. Open to first language Russian speakers who are in the process of becoming more fluent in their adopted language. The emphasis will be on experiencing a flow and a fluidity with English words. Come with a willingness to becoming more open, playful and adventurous in English!

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Count Orlov
Oct
13
3:00 pm15:00

Count Orlov

The Moscow Operetta Theatre's "Count Orlov Musical" is a remarkable tale of love and betrayal based on one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the Russian Empire. Brilliantly told by renowned playwright and poet July Kim with music composed by Roman Ignatyev (the same team behind Anna Karenina Musical and The Count of Monte Cristo), the lavish production is set in the second half of the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great. Count Alexey Orlov, who had once contributed to Catherine’s rise to power, falls out of favor and is sent away in disgrace to Italy. While there, he meets a beautiful young woman, Elizabeth, supposedly the granddaughter of Peter the Great, who has aspirations for the Russian crown. In an attempt to win back Catherine's affection, Orlov reveals Elizabeth's plans, setting in motion a series of events that lead to an unimaginable end.

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24 Snow (2016)
Oct
15
7:00 pm19:00

24 Snow (2016)

In 24 Snow (Mikhail Barynin, 2016), the main character is a horse breeder, who spends the most part of the year in tundra, looking after his herd. Sergey spends less and less time in the village every year, only seeing his family a couple of times a year as he comes for the horse breeders festival or brings home meat. He feels a stranger in his own house, all but losing the connection with his family. Exhausting life in the North makes a man face one of the hardest questions: who is he?

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It’s Got Flavour: Translating the Odessan Language
Oct
15
7:00 pm19:00

It’s Got Flavour: Translating the Odessan Language

One of the things Odessa has going for it is a cultural tradition like no other, established by Babel and his boisterous landsmen. Some of these Odessans — like the poet Eduard Bagritsky, the singer Leonid Utyosov, and the prose writers Yury Olesha, Ilya Ilf, and Evgeny Petrov — are still famous today; others have been forgotten. In the 1920s, their writings and popular songs infused Soviet culture with a new “Southern” flavor, a spicy blend of Russian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish unique to their hometown. For a translator of Odessan texts, the question of whether this blend was a language all its own or a dialect is beside the point. What matters is what one does with it.

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Stalker (1979), introduced by Ben Hopkins
Oct
16
6:30 pm18:30

Stalker (1979), introduced by Ben Hopkins

A screening of a the 1979 Soviet science fiction film Stalker (directed by Andrei Tarkovsky) introduced by director and screenwriter Ben Hopkins. The film tells the story of an expedition led by a figure known as the ‘Stalker’, who takes his clients seeking inspiration, and a professor seeking scientific discovery to a mysterious restricted site known simply as the ‘Zone’ , where there supposedly exists a room which grants a person's innermost desires.

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Russia of 2019
Oct
19
11:00 am11:00

Russia of 2019

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.

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Russia Behind the Camera: Archives, Art and Revolution
Oct
19
11:00 am11:00

Russia Behind the Camera: Archives, Art and Revolution

Join BAFTA award winning film and television director, Margy Kinmonth, for a masterclass exploring film making in Russia. The masterclass includes screenings of films by Kinmonth focusing on working with archives, art and the impact of the Revolution. These will be complemented by discussions on working with the archives of some of Russia's most established art institutions and museums, reflecting the impact of the Revolution on the Russian cultural and political scene. The masterclass will feature a sneak preview presentation of Margy Kinmonth’s new feature documentary in development - “Magic Staircase”. With thanks to Foxtrot Films Ltd.

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We need to talk about Putin (or do we?)
Oct
23
7:00 pm19:00

We need to talk about Putin (or do we?)

Vladimir Putin has acquired an extraordinary status in his twenty years at Russia's helm, variously the Machiavellian architect of all the West's woes, a patriotic strongman who had dragged his country from the verge of collapse, an opportunistic kleptocrat-mafioso, and an icon of traditional values abandoned in the West. The truth is, of course, somewhere in between and Mark Galeotti, author of the popular primer We Need To Talk About Putin (Ebury, 2019), will discuss the man, his evolution, and what may follow.

In English

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Around Nikolay Medtner
Oct
27
3:00 pm15:00

Around Nikolay Medtner

A piano recital by Russian-born Ilya Poletaev exploring various influences in Nikolay Medtner’s music. Half-German by birth, Medtner was considered equal to Scriabin and Rachmaninov just before the Revolution. Having embraced the idiom of German composers and philosophers as well as he could, Medtner managed to preserve the Russian element in his music. Sonata Tragica is one of his most popular pieces written just before immigrating to the West.

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Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века (День 1)
Nov
3
11:00 am11:00

Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века (День 1)

Cеминар ‘Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века’ пройдет в Пушкинском доме 3 и 10 ноября 2019 года. Он будет посвящен двум написанным в семидесятые годы прошлого века произведениям  - роману Юрия Трифонова “Дом на набережной” и роману Андрея Битова “Пушкинский дом”.

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Leeds Competition Winner Piano Recital
Nov
6
7:00 pm19:00

Leeds Competition Winner Piano Recital

Described by the Telegraph as a pianist with ‘a sensitive soul’, Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva is the winner of the 2015 Leeds Piano Competition. This is Anna’s third appearance in a Pushkin House Music Salon. Her programme includes two major works from the German piano repertoire: Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata and Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, based on the song with the same title.

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Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века (День 2)
Nov
10
11:00 am11:00

Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века (День 2)

Cеминар ‘Русская проза второй половины двадцатого века’ пройдет в Пушкинском доме 3 и 10 ноября 2019 года. Он будет посвящен двум написанным в семидесятые годы прошлого века произведениям  - роману Юрия Трифонова “Дом на набережной” и роману Андрея Битова “Пушкинский дом”.

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The Brothers Karamazov
Nov
10
3:15 pm15:15

The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov novel is the epitome of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s creative work, the acme of the philosophic investigation carried out by this colossal and restless mind throughout his life. World renowned choreographer Boris Eifman offers a remarkable vision of the core ideas within the novel, expanding upon them though body language as a way of exploring the origins of the moral devastation of the Karamazovs; creating through choreographic art an equivalent of what Dostoyevsky investigated so masterfully in his book, the excruciating burden of destructive passions and evil heredity. 

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In-Between(ers): Russian, Central and Eastern European Artists at Work in the UK
Nov
15
7:30 pm19:30

In-Between(ers): Russian, Central and Eastern European Artists at Work in the UK

We are joined by Centrala Space and Dr Jakub Ceglarz (artist and researcher at the University of Birmingham) to better understand the level of inclusion and visibility of Russian, Central and Eastern European art and artists. Together we will use stories to help discuss and workshop barriers that young artists and their work can face while living and working in the UK.

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November Full Day Translation Workshop with Robert Chandler
Nov
17
11:30 am11:30

November Full Day Translation Workshop with Robert Chandler

All translators, at any stage of their careers, are welcome to attend this one-day Russian-to-English translation workshop; the only requirement is fluent English and a reading knowledge of Russian.  We encourage a truly collaborative approach, which is helpful and enjoyable. We will spend at least half of the time looking at a passage from a story by Teffi.

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The History of Russia in Wine
Nov
21
7:00 pm19:00

The History of Russia in Wine

It is said that the very first vineyard in Russia was planted in 1613 by the first Romanov tsar, Mikhail, who ordered the creation of a “garden of the tsar’s court”. Since then, many tsars and governments have come and gone but the fascination of Russia with wine has gone from strength to strength. So come to the Pushkin House Wine Club to talk about and taste some of the styles of wine from all over the world Russia has enjoyed drinking over the centuries. And as usual, someone will go home with a prize wine after winning the mini-quiz.

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Moisey Weinberg Centenary Concert
Dec
3
7:00 pm19:00

Moisey Weinberg Centenary Concert

A concert celebrating the centenary of the unique Russian composer of Polish origin, Moisey (Mieczysław) Weinberg (1919-1996). Friend and disciple of Shostakovich, his musical style was also influence by Prokofiev and Myaskovsky. This concert features the newly appointed leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Igor Yuzefovich as a guest soloist, in addition to Weinberg-expert violinist Yuri Kalnits.

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Eugene Onegin (Encore)
Dec
15
2:30 pm14:30

Eugene Onegin (Encore)

The play unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin’s characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination.The scale of the production constantly shifts from noisy celebrations to secluded contemplation, from crowd scenes to lonely recollections, all of which are drawn together from the past just like the fragments of Tatyana’s love letter, framed and hung on the wall, looming next to and above Onegin’s arm-chair.

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Children of the Sun
Jan
11
2:00 pm14:00

Children of the Sun

Written during the abortive Russian Revolution of 1905, Maxim Gorky's brilliant darkly comic "Children of the Sun" depicts the new middle-class, foolish perhaps but likeable, as they flounder, philosophize, and yearn for meaning, all while being totally blind to their impending annihilation. Multi-award-winning director Timofey Kulyabin's (Three Sisters, Onegin) modernized production, set in 1999 at Stanford University, focuses on the interplay between the characters, the relationships formed and broken, sparring over culture and the cosmos, barely sensing that their own privileged world is in jeopardy. Directed for the screen by Kulyabin and filmed from his Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia.

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Anna Karenina Musical (Encore)
Feb
16
3:00 pm15:00

Anna Karenina Musical (Encore)

Directed by Lithuanian choreographer, Anzelica Cholina, this multiple award-winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina tells the story of Tolstoy’s classic novel entirely in contemporary dance. In this way, Cholina succeeds in finding the equivalent of Tolstoy's words in harmony and movement, with every gesture holding meaning. The distinctive music of Alfred Schnittke helps to reveal the inner turmoil of the characters and their depth.

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They also made us work: Russian peasants' memories of war, occupation, and the Holocaust
Jun
4
7:00 pm19:00

They also made us work: Russian peasants' memories of war, occupation, and the Holocaust

Join us for an evening with Alexander Nakhimovsky who will speak about the language of the Soviet peasantry and what it reveals of their world view.  All through the Soviet period up to the 1980s, the peasantry was one of the most censored topics in scholarly and political discourse. Only in the 1990s were the constraints lifted. Scores of researchers--linguists, ethnographers, historians, and sociologists—at once started looking for, and recording, peasants who remembered pre-kolkhoz life and language. Alexander Nakhimovsky has a forthcoming book on the language and history of the Russian peasantry. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In English

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SOLD OUT: We're All Gangsters Now: Russian Organised Crime Today and Tomorrow  - a talk by Mark Galeotti
Jun
3
7:00 pm19:00

SOLD OUT: We're All Gangsters Now: Russian Organised Crime Today and Tomorrow - a talk by Mark Galeotti

In a sequel to his sold-out talk last year, Mark Galeotti - author of The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia (Yale, 2018), one of the shortlisted books for the 2019 Pushkin House Book Prize - returns to the shadows. Whereas before he looked especially at the gory past of the Russian vorovskoi mir, its feared underworld subculture, now he will be turning his eyes to the current situation at home and abroad, and its likely evolution. While one embittered Russian investigator told him that everyone is a gangster now, Mark will explain why he remains "unfashionably optimistic" about Russia's future. Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme.

In English

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STUDENT IN LENINGRAD, THE PRAGUE SPRING & THE BBC:  AN ILLUSTRATED TALK WITH ELISABETH ROBSON
May
30
6:30 pm18:30

STUDENT IN LENINGRAD, THE PRAGUE SPRING & THE BBC: AN ILLUSTRATED TALK WITH ELISABETH ROBSON

This talk draws on Elisabeth’s experiences as a post graduate student in Leningrad (1967-69), in particular around the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact in August 1968 when she was in Leningrad, cut off from communication with the outside world. In 2015 she was part of a team looking at archive holdings from BBC Monitoring, to assess their value for future historians. These were the first rough translations of broadcasts from Czechoslovakia during the invasion, which were the basis of the published reports prepared by BBC Monitoring. They turned out to be extraordinarily fresh and expressive, and this talk explains their significance. This event is organised by the GB-Russia Society and tickets are only available from the GB-Russia Society website: www.gbrussia.org

In English

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AN IMPECCABLE SPY: an evening with author Owen Matthews in conversation with Sonia Purnell
May
29
7:00 pm19:00

AN IMPECCABLE SPY: an evening with author Owen Matthews in conversation with Sonia Purnell

The ‘impeccable spy’ Richard Sorge was a fanatical Communist who infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including the Second World War. In his new book, Owen Matthews takes a sweeping historical perspective and draws on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives – along with testimonies from those who knew and worked with Sorge – to rescue the riveting story of the man described by Ian Fleming as 'the most formidable spy in history'. Matthews will be in conversation with author and journalist Sonia Purnell.

In English

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MAYBE ESTHER: An Evening with Author Katja Petrowskaja in Conversation with Catherine Taylor
May
28
7:00 pm19:00

MAYBE ESTHER: An Evening with Author Katja Petrowskaja in Conversation with Catherine Taylor

Shortlisted for the 2019 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Katja Petrowskaja’s family story Maybe Esther is inextricably entangled with the history of 20th-century Europe. There is her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomat in Moscow in 1932 and was sentenced to death. There is her Ukrainian grandfather, who disappeared during WWII and reappeared forty years later. And there is her great-grandmother – whose name may or may not have been Esther – who was too old and frail to leave Kiev when the Jews there were rounded up, and was killed by a Nazi outside her house. Part of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2019 events programme.

In English

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The Weird and Wonderful Molokhovets: An Illustrated talk with Katrina Kollagaeva
May
22
7:00 pm19:00

The Weird and Wonderful Molokhovets: An Illustrated talk with Katrina Kollagaeva

Join Katrina Kollegaeva from Russian Revels for an illustrated talk devoted to one of the most successful 19th and early 20th-century Russian cookbooks, A Gift to Young Housewives, more commonly know as "Molokhovets". Compiled by Elena Ivanovna Molokhovets in 1861, this cookbook has been continually revised: from its first edition at the time of the emancipation of the serfs to the Communist Revolution of 1917.  The book was well known in Russian households during its publication and for decades to follow. It has been republished in 2003.  "Molokhovets" inspired canapes and a glass of wine are included in the ticket price.

In English

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PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: Antonina Suhanova Piano Recital
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

PUSHKIN HOUSE MUSIC SALON: Antonina Suhanova Piano Recital

Part of our Music Salon programme: In her Pushkin House recital programme Latvian pianist Antonina Suhanova explores creative and personal bonds between early 20th century Eastern European composers. Brought together by their love of music and mutual teachers, Kalnins, Vitols, Arensky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Siloti socialised, conversed and inspired each other’s masterpieces, engaging in fierce disputes. The programme invites the audience to reflect on the diversity of the styles of these five composers united by their love and appreciation of the Russian musical tradition.

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The Last of the Soviet Artists: A talk by Victoria Lomasko
May
18
6:00 pm18:00

The Last of the Soviet Artists: A talk by Victoria Lomasko

Lomasko, the daughter of an artist-decorator working in Soviet times, describes herself as 'the last Soviet artist' as her art draws heavily on the Soviet tradition of illustration and graphic design. In this talk she will reflect on her own work, as well as that of celebrated Russian contemporary artists such as Irina Korina and Pavel Otdelnov, who were educated by teachers established in the Soviet system and continue to work with Soviet themes, images and styles.

In English

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Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia
May
17
7:00 pm19:00

Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia

What makes Vladimir Putin powerful? Graeme Robertson and Sam Greene's new book tells the story of Putin’s power from the bottom-up, through the voices and experiences of ordinary Russians and elites alike. Unearthing the ambitions, emotions and divisions that fuel Russian politics, Putin v the People illuminates the crossroads at which Russia has arrived and shows why Putin’s rule may be more fragile than it appears. In conversation with Catherine Belton, the FT's former Moscow correspondent.

In English

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Film screening "Six musicians and the city" followed by Q&A with filmmaker Tatiana Daniliyants
May
14
7:00 pm19:00

Film screening "Six musicians and the city" followed by Q&A with filmmaker Tatiana Daniliyants

Between East and West, between strong traditions and today’s innovations, between the nostalgic melodies of duduk and the beat of modern jazz, is Yerevan. Six musicians, six styles, six personal stories behind one of the most musical cities in the former Soviet Union. This documentary film captures Tatiana Daniliyants’ ten years of research and an attentive eye for these musicians’ own stories and their extraordinary music.

In Russian with English subtitles

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Political prisoners and other victims of repression in Russia, yesterday and today: Forms of Moral Resistance
May
14
7:00 pm19:00

Political prisoners and other victims of repression in Russia, yesterday and today: Forms of Moral Resistance

An evening with Russian human rights activist and publicist Elena Sannikov who will be speaking about repression in Russia and some of the most interesting and remarkable stories and individuals to be found among those imprisoned for their political views or religious beliefs. This event is organised by Pushkin Club and all are welcome.

In Russian with English translation

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«Петя и волк»: Музыкальная Сказка Прокофьева
May
12
2:00 pm14:00

«Петя и волк»: Музыкальная Сказка Прокофьева

Завораживающее представление для детей: музыкальная сказка Прокофьева «Петя и волк» в исполнии дуэта Mazaika (аккордион, скрипка, перкуссия), с повествованием от Олега Сидорчика. Для детей 4+.

На русском языке

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THE GOOD RUSSIAN: A BRAND-NEW ONE-MAN SHOW BY ANDREW BYRON
May
8
7:00 pm19:00

THE GOOD RUSSIAN: A BRAND-NEW ONE-MAN SHOW BY ANDREW BYRON

From the producers of Anastasia (***** Evening Standard) and An Evening with the Romanovs comes this story about a type of Russian that we all-too-rarely see on our screens – a good one. ‘Bad Russians’ are a staple on our screens, and no one knows this better than Andrew Byron – he has made a career out of playing them.   But surely not all Russians are bad?  This story, told by Andrew seeks to tip the scales in the other direction. 

In English, with some Russian (subtitled)

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Queer Art in Contemporary Russia: Hard to Find and Easy to Misapprehend
May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Queer Art in Contemporary Russia: Hard to Find and Easy to Misapprehend

Part of our Mother Tongue Season: In spite of the present hostile environment, there has been an explosion of queer artistic practice in recent years in Russia. In this talk academic and author Vlad Strukov will explore how recent legislation in Russia has affected cultural production, especially the visual arts. He will also analyse recent exhibitions of contemporary art to reveal the actual scope and dynamics of queer art in Russia. The evening will be hosted by Dr. Galina Miazhevich of Cardiff University.

In English

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(SOLD OUT) PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: DOSTOEVSKY AND THE IDIOT – 150th ANNIVERSARY
May
1
7:00 pm19:00

(SOLD OUT) PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: DOSTOEVSKY AND THE IDIOT – 150th ANNIVERSARY

Join our wine expert Tanya Nesterova for an evening dedicated to Fyodor Dostoevsky. Like many cultured Russians at the time, Dostoevsky travelled a lot, albeit sometimes under hard circumstances. During the tasting, we’ll follow in his footsteps and learn about the wines he used to drink or could have drunk. We’ll talk about the history of those wines, taste the styles of wines traditionally produced in the areas where he stayed and were popular with Russians in the past and in the present.

In English

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FILM SCREENING: HERE AND NOW BY ROMA SHUMUNOV
Apr
30
7:00 pm19:00

FILM SCREENING: HERE AND NOW BY ROMA SHUMUNOV

Set to an edgy hip hop beat, Here & Now is an impressive feature film debut for its director Roma Shumunov. His sensitively-portrayed social drama is told through the eyes of Andrey, a young Russian immigrant struggling to live with his family in the slums of Ashdod and assimilate into Israeli society. HERE AND NOW is part of SERET Film Festival in London.

In Hebrew, Russian with English subtitles

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Yulia Chaplina & Jonathan Deakin: Russian Composers
Apr
28
3:00 pm15:00

Yulia Chaplina & Jonathan Deakin: Russian Composers

Join us for a delightful afternoon of Russian piano music as part of the UK - Russia Year of Music 2019. The programme will include the gorgeous Sonata No. 2 by Rachmaninov and the lyrical and mysterious Sonata No. 9 by Prokofiev as well as several works for piano duo: the Valse from the Cinderella Suite, Sviridov's beautiful Valse from the Snowstorm Suite, Khachatutyan's Valse from the Masquerade Suite and other works.

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CLASSICS FOR KIDS: WITH Yulia Chaplina & Jonathan Deakin. Russian Composers: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Sviridov, Khachaturyan
Apr
28
1:30 pm13:30

CLASSICS FOR KIDS: WITH Yulia Chaplina & Jonathan Deakin. Russian Composers: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Sviridov, Khachaturyan

"Классика для детей" это познавательно – увлекательно - интерактивный концерт для детей и их родителей! В концерте исполнители будут не только играть, но и сами рассказывать о произведениях и композиторах в доступной для детей форме. Для детей 5+. 

In Russian

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'Welcome fair Russ':  a Talk from Royal Collection Curator Stephen Patterson
Apr
25
7:00 pm19:00

'Welcome fair Russ': a Talk from Royal Collection Curator Stephen Patterson

Part of our ongoing Romanov Season: 2019 marks the 145th anniversary of the only direct marriage between the British Royal and Russian Imperial families; the wedding in January 1874 of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna.  In this illustrated talk, Stephen Patterson, co-curator of the current exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs will explore the negotiations for the wedding, the ceremonies and celebrations in St Petersburg, Moscow, Windsor and London and the art in the Royal Collection associated with the dynastic union. This event is jointly organised with Friends of the Hermitage UK.

In English

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Making the Women of the Gulag - a Filmmaker speaks: An evening with Marianna Yarovskaya
Apr
24
7:00 pm19:00

Making the Women of the Gulag - a Filmmaker speaks: An evening with Marianna Yarovskaya

Join us for an evening with filmmaker Marianna Yarovskaya director of ground breaking documentary film  Women of the Gulag, that tells the compelling and tragic stories of the female last survivors of the Gulag, the brutal system of repression and terror that devastated the Soviet population under Stalin. Yarovskaya will talk about the making of the film,  how she found the women and interacted with them. She will also show outtakes of the film, and go into some of the stories that didn't make it into the film. In conversation with Lucy Ash.

In English

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Vysotsky in English: A Performance by Vadim Astrakhan
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Vysotsky in English: A Performance by Vadim Astrakhan

Vladimir Vysotsky, though hugely popular in Russia, is almost unknown in the rest of the world. Against this injustice stands US-based singer-songwriter Vadim Astrakhan and his long-running project translating Vysotsky’s songs into English. Now Astrakhan, on tour in Europe, brings ‘Vysotsky in English’ to the UK, hosted by Pushkin House. This promises to be a cheerful and original event, where English-speakers can hear and learn about Russia’s bard, and Russians can enjoy his music from a new perspective.

In English with some Russian

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Sexual Counter-Revolutions and Queer Lives
Apr
16
7:00 pm19:00

Sexual Counter-Revolutions and Queer Lives

Part of our Mother Tongue Season: In this talk Alexander Kondakov will explore the political economy of violence in Russia and beyond, focusing on the structure and drivers of the current sexual counter-revolution by studying emotions manifested in violence against queer populations in Russia. The evening will be introduced by Dr. Richard Mole, UCL, who will also chair a Q&A session with the audience.

In English

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GREETINGS FROM THE BARRICADES: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

GREETINGS FROM THE BARRICADES: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia

Amid the chaos and violence of the 1905 Revolution in Russia, the Tsar’s opponents printed and distributed vast quantities of picture postcards. Easy to share, hide and smuggle, postcards were a way to beat the censor and spread a message of defiance. In this talk, author Tobie Mathew will draw on his extensive research into this topic, that led to the publication of this startling and original book. Mathew will give a richly illustrated overview of opposition postcards under the Tsars, showing how this vibrant new form of communication served to spread revolutionary belief and disrupt the Imperial status quo. 

In English

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SCREENING: ANNA KARENINA (Moscow Operetta Theatre)
Apr
7
2:00 pm14:00

SCREENING: ANNA KARENINA (Moscow Operetta Theatre)

Stage Russia and Pushkin House present a premier screening of Anna Karenina, a spectacular, breathtaking, emotional, high-tech production based on the masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy. Featuring Moscow musical scene stars Ekaterina Guseva, Natalia Bystrova, Sergey Lee, Andrey Birin, Alexander Marakulin, Lika Rulla, from a score by Roman Ignatyev and a libretto by Yuliy Kim.

In Russian with English subtitles

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