Art Project Ukrainian Culture Today, 8-19 September 2015

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WHEN:

8-19 September 2015

WHERE:

ST. JAMES THEATRE, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA 

Tickets:

£10-35 for theatre performances. Book here

Films, talks, exhibition – free but registration is required. Please register here and  here.

Language:

Performances will be in Russian and will be live-dubbed in English to be enjoyed in either language.

ABOUT THE EVENT

UKRAINIAN CULTURE TODAY is a two-weeks project aimed to present some of Ukrainian masterpieces in spheres of theater, classical cinematography and photography. The whole event is hosted by St James theatre and presented by Kyiv National Drama Theatre named after Lesya Ukrainka. The programme will feature four plays by the Theatre, a photoexhibition, 2 films and a talk with a legendary Ukrainian actress Larisa Kadochnikova.

THEATRE

Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater was founded in 1926, and since then has earned love of the audiences in Ukraine. The repertoire of the theatre is extremely varied. It staged William Shakespeare, Jean-Baptiste Molière, Oscar Wilde, Victor Hugo, Friedrich Schiller, Richard Sheridan, Pierre Beaumarchais, Somerset Maugham, Nikolay Gogol, Lev Tolstoy, Alexander Ostrovsky, Honoré de Balzac, Alexander Pushkin, Maxim Gorky, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Mikhail Bulgakov, Lesya Ukrainka … Various cultures, customs, eras live on its stage. For decades this theatre has been setting the tone for Ukrainian artistic culture.

Theatre’s signature play Don Juan will be shown in London. It is an original adaptation (1912) of a famous Don Juan legend by Ukrainian writer and poet Lesya Ukrainka. She introduced an original twist into the story – young girl Dolores, hopelessly and selflessly in love with Don Juan. The character is autobiographic and was created based on Lesya’s personal life drama. It was first staged in Kyiv in 1939 by Konstantin Khokhlov, student of famous StanislavskyThe theatre was named after Lesya Ukrainka after that, and the play became its signature.

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FILMS

Festival programme features two screenings of iconic Ukrainian cinematography. “The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” by Sergei Paradzhanov will be shown on 12th September. The film celebrates its 50th anniversary. It will be presented by Larisa Kadochnikova starring in it. She will also play the role of Olga Knipper-Chekhov in “My Mocking Happiness”.

Second film on the programme – “The Earth” (1930) by Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko will be shown on September 15. The film was voted oneof the twelve greatest films of all time.

 

PROGRAMME:

photo exhib8-19 September 2015

Photo exhibition “Contemporary art of Ukraine

Free entrance

 

 

ward8 – 10 September 2015

WARD OF THE MANOR, Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theatre of Russian Drama

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mocking11 – 12 September 2015

MY MOCKING HAPPINESS, Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theatre of Russian Drama

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shadows12 September 2015, 14.00

Screening of “The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” by Serhiy Paradzhanov

Talk with Larysa Kadochnikova, Ukrainian theatre and movie actress.

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13 – 15 Septemlittleber 2015

LIFE’S LITTLE NOTHINGS, Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theatre of Russian Drama

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earth15 September 2015, 14.00

Screening of “The Earth” by Olexandr Dovzhenko

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don17 – 19 September 2015

DON JUAN, Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theatre of Russian Drama

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