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By Marina Sinitsyna

Mariinsky in the Bolshoi

And again one great theatre is greeting another great theatre. This time Mariinsky Theatre presents the works produced specifically for it by three young choreographers Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, staged by Nikita Dmitriyevsky to the music by Richard Srauss; Du cote de chez Swan with music by Leonid Desyatnikov and choreography by Aleksey Miroshnichenko; and Noah Gelbers's staging of Overcoat to the music by Dmitry Shostakovich. For the first time these ballets appeared during the 6th International Ballet Festival and were part of the program "New Names". They continue the tradition of inviting young contemporary choreographers, which, established by the theatre several years ago, allowed it to undergo major repertoir transformation and led to a considerable change of image.
New Stage of the Bolshoi, March 4 and 5, 19:00

Jazz Collection Festival

Maestro of Russian jazz, Daniel Kramer, has prepared something that can hardly fit into the definition of a "jazz festival". With jazz as a guiding thread, Kramer will lead his audience through other forms of contemporary art, such as dance, classical ballet, DJ music and even fashion. The festival will be opened by Anatoly Kroll's orchestra, one of Russia's most touring jazz bands. A true treat will be the musician that will appear next Florin Niculescu. This French jazz violinist, mixing jazz with gypsy stylistics and tunes, has created a unique style of his own and earned the fame of one of the most romantic European jazz musicians. Dessert of the day has been taken care of by Anna Plisetskaya who produced "The City Through the Eyes of Jazz", with jazz compositions and classical ballet being the main components. During the second day of the festival Cannon Dance from St Petersburg will present their version of the dialogue of jazz and dance, this time contemporary dance, while Vladimir Chekasin, whose works are marked by their unpredictability and spontaneous contact with the audience, will open the second part of the concert with the play Chekasin Jazz. Another event not to be missed is a fashion show of the designers from Vyacheslav Zaitsev Moscow Couturier Laboratory.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall , March 23 and 24, 19:00

Night Streets of Biennale

If you have always believed that cello is solely for playing classical music, Denis Shapovalov will show the hidden talents of this instrument. He makes it change its voice from the gentle classical sound in some parts to the harsher, rock-like one, in the others. Playing together with the electric guitar, trumpet, and synthesizer, Denis Shapovalov's cello demonstrates the full range of its capabilities. The program consists of 15 pieces with each one of them exploring the soul of the city at night as well as the soul of the person wandering around its streets. Presented as chapters of a single story, they talk of the starry sky, of doors being opened and closed, of the winter dream and of the lonely human voice sounding against the noise of the big city.
Moscow International Performing Arts Centre, March 17, 19:00

 

Kosheen (UK)

Darren "Decoder" Beale wrote music for various punk groups in his early years; later on, having met Geoff Barrow, future founder of Portishead, he left his guitar and turned to his new love electronic music. Together with Markee "Substance" Morrison, he started playing drum and bass. By the time Sian Evans met the two, she had sung in a number of Welsh bands as a guest vocalist, had a child, and lived in a tepee where for the first time she started writing songs of her own. Having started working together, the three combined their love for rock, jazz, drum and bass and folk to create the extremely melodical songs coming from the heart that won over the audience first in the UK and then in a number of other countries where they toured widely, breaking the stereotype that their kind of music is never played live. Their songs are full of sincerity and freshness, be that the first album Resist, full of drum-and-bass beats, or the second one, Kokopelli, which is darker-toned, yet equally compelling.
Apelsin Club, March 17, 20:00

 

 

 

Tap Dogs

With a number of awards behind their backs and metal platforms underneath their feet, these six restless Australian guys tap 75 minutes away, sharing their energy and the great time they are having on the stage with the audience. The creater of the show, Dein Perry, took classes at the dance school but at the age of 17 saw no future in the dance career and thus joined a "normal' job, just like the rest of his buddies. Nevertheless, six years later he came to Sidney to try his luck in the show business and was cast for the long-running Sidney production 42nd Street. Once the production was closed, Perry decided to contact his old tap friends which resulted in the creation of "Tap Brothers". Later on "Tap Brothers" transformed into Tap Dogs and started touring the world in 1998. Having gained world fame, in 2000 they were invited to perform together with Kylie Minogue at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. Talking about the life of friends, the dancers never stop the constant beat and it's a feast for the eyes as well as for the ears.
Operetta Theatre, March 8 through 11, 19:00

 







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