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Pushkin House

4th March 2007

Dear all,
Here is the Pushkin House programme which I hope you will find
interesting.
Best wishes
Anne

Pushkin House wishes you a pleasant spring and invites you to join us as
we continue to explore the great wealth of Russian culture. We hope very
much that you have enjoyed events in January and February and look forward
to welcoming you again. You will of course be equally welcome if you are
coming for the first time. Please see below a summary of our events in
March 2007.

FILM
The highlight of February was our UK-premiere screening of Nataliya
Bondarchuk’s Pushkin. The Last Duel on 21 February. This excellent film is
the first serious attempt in a generation to portray the poet and the
events surrounding his death. Due to popular demand we shall be showing
Pushkin. The Last Duel once again on Thursday 8 March at 7.30pm.
Tickets £7 (£5 Friends of Pushkin House)

On Wednesday 14 March we are showing Pavel Lungin’s Ostrov (The Island);
there will be repeat screenings on Wednesday 21 March and Wednesday 28
March. The screening on 28 March will be preceded by an introduction by
Irina Kirillova, a Trustee of Pushkin House and lecturer in Russian
studies at the University of Cambridge; there will be an informal
discussion after the screening. This award-winning picture of 2006 is a
penetrating drama of the soul. Monk Anatoly (Pyotr Mamonov) was once a
poor-spirited youth forced by fascists to shoot a man but has acquired a
gift of healing. Two parsons (Viktor Sukhorukov and Dmitri Dyuzhev) come
to realise that he has healed them too. Ostrov (The Island) will be shown
in Russian with English subtitles. Tickets £7 (£5 Friends of Pushkin
House)

On Thursday 29 March, you can see Baltic Breeze, a 26-minute documentary
made in 2006 and directed by Elena Izosimova and Janna Kuzmova. The film
follows three young ideologues determined to bring changes to their
society. Set in winter and early spring, as Riga witnesses the run up to
the controversial annual SS veterans march, the film highlights the harsh
reality that lurks beneath the charms of the snowy Baltic capital.
Following the screening, three characters from the film will take part in
a short debate, reflecting on their future and the future of the Russian
community in Latvia. After the debate, you are welcome to come upstairs to
attend a one-day “New Rev Art” poster exhibition to stay in tune with the
atmosphere.
Tickets £7 (£5 Friends of Pushkin House)

EXHIBITIONS
In 2004, photographer Simon Roberts traveled the length and breadth of
Russia photographing people and landscapes of infinite variety. Simon
Robert’s book Motherland, the result of this epic journey, is to be
launched at Pushkin House on Wednesday 7 March and will herald a two-week
exhibition of dramatic and life-enriching images. This is an unrepeatable
opportunity to see the heart of Russia, beyond the bustle of its capital
cities. Tickets to the Exhibition £3 (£2 for Friends of Pushkin House)

On 26 March the Red Star Gallery opens Russia at War. The exhibition
focuses on military and political figures, predominantly from the Great
Patriotic War and Cold War periods. Works on display include portraits by
Josef Ilyin, among them a haunting sketch of a landmine victim, oil
paintings from the front line provided by Bantikov and Baranovsky and a
Vasiliev painting of Lenin in Gorkiy. Most or all of the artists belonged
to active service units during the Great Patriotic War. The Red Star
Gallery opened in London in 2003 and specialises in the exhibition and
sale of fine art from Russia.
Tickets to the exhibition £3 (£2 for Friends of Pushkin House)

LECTURES
Tsarina Arts continues its series of lectures on the History of Russian
Art. Distinguished lecturer Natalia Rybkina comes from the State Tretyakov
Gallery to discuss Russian Art in the 20th Century (12 March) and The
Spiritual Roots of Russian Iconography (15 March).
Tickets £10 for each lecture or £18 for both lectures.

Dr Aliona Ledeneva will discuss How Russia Really Works (GB-Russia
Society, 1 March)
Tickets £5

Robert Chandler’s lecture Speaking For Those Who Lie on the Earth will
focus on Vasily Grossman's great war novel Life and Fate. Robert Chandler
will also talk about the remarkable short stories Grossman wrote in his
later years. (Pushkin Club, 27 March)
Tickets £4 (£3 for members of the Pushkin Club)

READINGS
Three contemporary Russian poets Elena Fanailova, Maria Galina and
Alexandra Petrova will read from their own oeuvres, with simultaneous
translation, on both 13 March (Pushkin Club) and 19 March (GB-Russia
Society)
Tickets 13 March £4 (£3 for members of Pushkin Club)
Tickets 19 March £5

OPERA
On Thursday 22 March we begin a series of Russian opera with Mikhail
Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila. Opera was introduced into Russia by touring
Italian companies in the eighteenth century, but the first true Russian
opera was Glinka’s Life for the Tsar (Ivan Susanin). His second and last
opera was Ruslan and Ludmila and this work was described by Piotr
Tchaikovsky at “The Tsar of Operas”. Glinka was as important for
Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Shostakovich as he was for Mussorgsky,
Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. Ruslan and Ludmila is based on the text by
Alexander Pushkin, whom Glinka knew as a young man. An acclaimed 1995
performance from the Marinsky Theatre will be screened in its entirety and
preceded by a short introduction about the life of Glinka and the
historical context of the work. Light snacks and refreshments will be
available. Please note that this evening will begin at 6:30pm.
Tickets £5 (£4 for Friends of Pushkin House)

APRIL 2007
You can see an outline of our April events at www.pushkinhouse.org.uk. We
will circulate more information towards the end of March.

FRIENDS
We warmly recommend that you become a Friend of Pushkin House; Friends
provide vital support for Pushkin House and its Cultural Programme.
Friends also benefit from:

1) Reduced rates and priority bookings for Pushkin House events
2) Advance information about all other activities at Pushkin House
3) Invitations to select events and networking evenings open exclusively
to Friends
4) Free use of the Pushkin House public rooms during working hours
5) Discounted rates for rental of rooms at Pushkin House

If you would like to become a Friend of Pushkin House, please find rates
and application forms at www.pushkinhouse.org.uk or call us on 020 7269
9770.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Pushkin House is hiring a part-time receptionist/assistant. Working hours
14.00 – 18.00, Monday to Friday. Salary: £840 PCM. To apply, please send
your CV with cover letter to [removed]

WE LOOK FORWARD VERY MUCH TO YOUR NEXT VISIT TO PUSHKIN HOUSE!

JULIAN GALLANT
Director

JENNY LEVITAN
Assistant Director

PUSHKIN HOUSE
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London WC1A 2TA
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Fax: +44 (0) 20 3116 0151
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