Dance for life
The Moiseyev Dance Company creates a vivid reflection of the life of dance schools in Russia. Its leader Igor Moiseyev, who passed away three years ago at the age of one hundred and one, was decisive in setting up the very high standards, from the 1930s, that were set for admissions into the school. Moiseyev himself was a student at the Bolshoi theatre ballet school, he then staged and directed parades and ballets for the Bolshoi as well. “With ballet technique as a base, one can do everything,” he always said in interviews, but he always insisted that his students should be trained in acrobatics. That is how the troupe’s worldknown repertoire emerged. After WW II, along with Russian and Caucusian dances, dances from Europe and Asia appeared. The Moiseyev Dance Company was one of
the few dance troupes to be allowed to tour the UK, France and the USA. During every trip Moiseyev found time to have a look at a local dance performance and absorbed every movement and gesture. Intuition, talent and hard work made it possible to Moiseyev to create a dance encyclopaedia of the world—a tradition which is respectfully maintained in honour of the Maestro.
For lovers of violin music, the Moscow House of Music has a present for you—a concert by Zakhar Bron, a brilliant violinist and teacher. In theatrical circles they say that during his career Bron has educated musicians for more than one symphony orchestra. And here are the names of some his better known pupils: Maxim Vengerov, Denis Goldfeld, Daishin Kashimoto, Tamaki Kawakubo, Nikolai Madoyev and many others prominent in leading orchestras the world over. Many of his pupils started their careers in Novosibirsk. Bron has also taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Conservatory of Rotterdam, the Musikhochschule, Lübeck, and since 1997
has been professor at the Cologne Musikhochschule. For his concert, Bron will be performing both solo and together with some of his pupils; playing some rare orchestral works accompanied by the Virtuosy Moskvy Orchestra, conducted by the invited conductor Saulius Sondeckis (Lithuania).
A winter festival of orchids
Orchids are one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. There are innumerable species, so many shapes. It is a miracle that even in the darkest part of the year they can bloom in this city. The Apothecaries’ Garden on Prospekt Mira invites for the second time flower-lovers to its orangeries to see those capricious beauties during its second international orchid festival. Apothecaries’ gardens were a common thing in 18th century Europe. In Moscow the first one appeared early in the early 18th century, under Peter the Great, and since then it has not changed its location. Today it remains a cozy outdoor garden with tropical plants carefully looked after in a heated glass building. Keepers understand that each different plant needs its own specific amount of water each day, and they do their best to make those Southern beauties feel at ease in the centre of Moscow
and in the middle of winter with its short, dark days. Pink corydalis and white lilies, golden anemones and blue hyacinths grow in a place where there is now a skating rink. But the weather is tropical inside the huge glass greenhouse where the orchid festival is held, even when it is minus 25 degrees outside. Over two hundred species of orchids from different parts of the world are on display.
26, Prospekt Mira, every day except Mondays
Apothecaries’ Garden (near Metro Prospekt Mira)
Open: 12:00 – 19:00