What’s on in St. Petersburg this week: 27 March – 2 April 2017

, updated on March 27, 2017

Festivals and city holidays

Festival of artistic animation : from classics to modern times

The festival of author’s animation starts in Lermontov Central Library. The program of the festival includes Soviet and modern cartoons. Also you will see parodies of gangster films, ironic detectives and the best foreign cartoons. There is a block dedicated to works of famous animator Harry Bardeen.

28–31 MARCH, 1 APRIL 2017/ LERMONTOV CENTRAL LIBRARY/ LERMONTOVKA-SPB.RU

Jam session of the jazz club Kvadrat

Participants of different schools and generations will come on stage to share new ideas and take a part in a friendly competition between jazz musicians. Jam session made by musicians of the jazz club Kvadrat shows you a real musical performance. You can enjoy a good jazz music in the Ellington Hall of the Jazz Philharmonic Hall.

28 MARCH 2017/ JAZZ PHILHARMONIC HALL/ JAZZ-HALL.RU

Francophonie-2017 Festival

Francophonie Festival is traditionally held in St. Petersburg at the end of March. This festival is dedicated to the culture of the French-speaking countries of the world. The program of the festival includes screenings of French-language films of the last two years, which were awarded prestigious awards, Boule band concert, lectures and meetings with French writers and scholars, performances, p and even consular dictation.

UNTIL 2 APRIL 2017/ FRENCH INSTITUTE/ WWW.INSTITUTFRANCAIS.RU

Birth of a Star Show of Olympic champions

The soul of the show is the artistic gymnast and Olympic medalist Julia Barsukova. In cooperation with the production company Olympico she brings together titled and young athletes, as well as circus performers to create an unusual show. This show consists of jumps on the trampoline, performances by aerialists, sports acrobats and artistic gymnasts. The main character of this show is a little girl dreaming about the career of a famous sportsman.

1 APRIL 2017/ SPORTS COMPLEX SIBUR ARENA/ VK.COM/RG_OLYMPICO

Evening event of violin music by Joshua Bell

American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell is one of the most famous and sought-after musicians in the world. He goes actively on tours, releases CD albums (and receives Grammy). He performs violin sonatas of the XIX century together with his regular musical partner Sam Heywood. The program includes compositions of Brahms, Beethoven, Pablo Sarasate and Eugene Iza and many others

2 APRIL 2017/ SHOSTAKOVICH ST. PETERSBURG ACADEMIC PHILHARMONIA/ PHILHARMONIA.SPB.RU

Concerts and theatre highlights of the week

The performance “Polverone” (Solar dust) at the Bolshoi Puppet Theater

“Polverone” is a sensual and exciting performance staged by Yana Tumina and based on the texts of the genius Tonino Guerra. This play is a collage of 16 stories, at first glance, not related to each other. But they are united into a whole story about the beautiful obsession that allows a person to escape beyond the everyday commonness. It’s an experiment, in which expressive methods, symbolic language of theater, cinema and literature features are used and mixed.

28 MARCH, 18 APRIL 2017/ BOLSHOI PUPPET THEATER/ PUPPETS.RU

StandUp Petersburg Concert

This concert is a big spring event where the best young humorists of St. Petersburg perform. Vlados, Alexey Shamutilo, Ilya Kuruch, Ivan Polovinkin and other residents of StandUp Petersburg will play different roles and show new jokes and monologues for the day’s rage. According to a new pleasant tradition, Pavel Dedischev, participant of the Comedy Battle on TNT, and Evgeny Chebatkov, participant of the StandUp show, will be special guests of this concert.

30 MARCH 2017/ COSMONAVT CLUB/ COSMONAVT.SU

The performance “Masquerade. Memories of the Future” at the Alexandrinsky Theater

It’s a grandiose performance of Valery Fokin, art director of Alexandrinsky Theater, which is devoted to celebration of  the 200th Anniversary of Lermontov. This performance is staged on the drama of Lermontov “Masquerade” and based on the performance of Meyerhold dated in 1917. Meyerhold documented visual techniques and mise-en-scenes which were used in his performance. So it makes possible to recreate the scenography, music, stage costumes and many other stage things in a new version of “Masquerade. Memories of the Future”. The performance lasts 2 hours with one intermission.

29 MARCH 2017/ ALEXANDRINSKY THEATER/ ALEXANDRINSKY.RU

The opera “Werther” at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theater

It’s a concert performance of Jules Massenet’s opera based on Goethe’s novel “The Suffering of a Young Werther”. The opera is written as duet of the main characters – Werther and Charlotte, divided into duets and arias, and all the other characters are just “shadows”. There is also no choir in the opera, which would fulfill the role of a certain collective principle. One of the most poignant scenes of the opera is Werther’s prayer, in which he calls the God with a request to take him to Heaven and free him from life’s suffering.

30 MARCH 2017/ MARIINSKY THEATER (CONCERT HALL)/ MARIINSKY.RU

The performance “Jekyll & Hyde” at the Musical Comedy Theater

It’s a Broadway musical, created by the American composer Frank Wildhorn on the novel “The Strange History of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” of Stevenson. It appears in the Russian version on the stage of the Musical Comedy Theater. The theme of human duality, the struggle of the dark and bright sides of the human personality is in the center of the story of Stevenson and the musical of Wildhairn. Ivan Ozhogin, Ivan Korytov and Manana Gogitidze, as well as other artists of famous Russian musicals participate in this performance. It lasts 3 hours.

UNTIL 31 MARCH 2017/ MUSICAL COMEDY THEATER/ MUZCOMEDY.RU

The concert dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald is one of the greatest vocalists in the history of jazz music, a voice in the three octave range, a master of scat and voice improvisation, a 13-time winner of the “Grammy” and many other honorary awards. During her 50 years of work the first lady of jazz produced nearly 90 albums and compilations. The songs from the repertoire of the great Ella Fitzgerald will be performed by three American singers: Chareni Wade, Capatia Jenkins and Lakisha Ann Jones, under accompaniment of St. Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kirill Bubyakin.

31 MARCH 2017/ MUSIC HALL THEATER/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU

The performance “Roman Comedy” staged by the Mossovet Theater (Moscow)

“Roman Comedy” is a play staged by Pavel Chomsky and based on Leonid Zorin’s play. This performance is a part of the Moscow theater tour on the stage of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater. This play tells you an ancient story, describing the conflict of the poet-freethinker Dion and the cunning, prudent Emperor Domitian. The director figuratively and ironically describes a high society, the characters of this society are typical, but also have individual features.

2 APRIL 2017/ TOVSTONOGOV BOLSHOI DRAMA THEATER/ BDT.SPB.RU

Exhibition highlights of the week

“Look differently” the exhibition of humorous paintings

This exhibition includes the paintings of young Petersburg artist Anastasiya Aleskerova. The artist suggests looking differently at familiar things. A play of words is in the center of her paintings. You can look at the usual phrases and words from another point of view.  Don’t miss a chance to enjoy the stylish, humorous works of the artist.

UNTIL 30 APRIL 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

The exhibition of Marcello Lo Giudice in Marble Palace

Lo Giudice works with the abstract line and uses special figurative means to represent the geographical forms and processes. Man-made and procedural factors are the core aspects of his art. He manually creates a texture surface, where the form materializes in color and the texture irregularities cast relief and shadows. His abstract works are metaphoric and become a symbolic analog of the Creation. There are no landscape features in his works and the images rather have a geological and demiurgic sense.

UNTIL 10 APRIL 2017/ MARBLE PALACE (RUSSIAN MUSEUM)/ RUSMUSEUM.RU

The exhibition Sine Cera

This exhibition discovers the works of three artists and one sculptor. Openness and sincerity are the main features in their works. Early Renaissance and pop art, ancient traditions and surrealism are united and mixed in Dmitry Dergunov’s paintings. Daria Kollegova likes to make experiments and seek new methods of expressiveness. Elena Bazanova is engaged in book graphics and creates fragile paintings on an animalistic theme. Yevgeny Burkov is the author of several monumental sculptures in Russia and Estonia, as well as works of small plastics. He often refers to ancient Russian history and folklore for inspiration.

UNTIL 16 APRIL 2017/ RUMYANTSEV MANSION/ WWW.SPBMUSEUM.RU

The exhibition of predatory plants at Lesnoe Posolstvo contact zoo

Carnivorous plants are one of the most amazing representatives of terrestrial flora. More than 630 species of carnivorous plants are known in the world. They live in all corners of the planet, including in Russia. This exhibition explores carnivorous plants of different types. Every day at 12:00, 14:00 and 18:00 you will have a chance to see the feeding gluttonous green predators. Also you can buy predatory plants of different types and get a qualified consultation how to care for them at the exhibition. Entrance for children under 3 years old, birthday children and people with disabilities is free.

UNTIL 30 APRIL 2017/ LESNOE POSOLSTVO CONTACT ZOO/ VK.COM/LESNOEPOSOLSTVO

The exhibition “R-point” of the artist Grace Darko

The exhibition explores all types of the artist’s work: graphics, sculpture, painting and digital art. It’s divided into parts, each of which is both part of the exposition and a separate whole one. The first part of the exhibition showcases the sculptures and sketches on the life of night creatures. The second part is pictures describing artist’s traveling. The third part is dedicated to study of people.

UNTIL 24 APRIL 2017/ ARTMUZA CREATIVE CLUSTER/ ARTMUZA.SPB.RU

Things to do with kids

The performance “Peter Pan, or the second turn to the right, and then straight until the morning”

This performance is a good play for children and their parents about a magical boy who doesn’t want to grow up. It’s based on the books of James Barry about Peter Pan. The action of this performance takes place on the magical island Netinebudet, where the main characters, led by the never growing up Peter Pan, fall into different adventures. The director of this stage is Svetlana Ozerovskaya who has already staged various performances for children, among them “Thumbelina” and “Instructive stories about magical transformations”.

29 MARCH 2017/ ANNA AKHMATOVA MUSEUM AT THE FOUNTAIN HOUSE/ AKHMATOVA.SPB.RU

The performance “Children’s pokatushka” at the theater Licedei

“Children’s pokatushka” (pokatushka is skating or rolling on something) is an incredibly funny and kind performance for visitors of all ages. It includes numbers that children understand and at the same time adults laugh at them. Such clowning masters as Leonid Leikin, Anvar Libabov, Victor Solovyov and other celebrities will perform on the stage. The program goes without intermission.

30–31 MARCH, 1–2 APRIL 2017/ LICEDEI CLOWN & MIME THEATER/ LICEDEI.COM

“Music and Fairytale” children’s program

“Season ticket No. 2. Music and Fairytale” is an amazing project of the Music-Hall Theater. It unites classical music, children’s literature and art of sand animation. Famous literary tales, read by popular Russian artists, are in the center of each of the programs of “Season ticket”. The performance is under accompaniment of the symphony orchestra and expressive video series illustrating the plot. Pushkin fairytales are performed in the framework of this “Season ticket. Music and Fairytale”.

30 MARCH, 16 APRIL 2017/ MUSIC HALL THEATER/ MUSICHALLSPB.RU

The performance “Koshkin dom” at the Malyshchitsky Chamber Theater

“Koshkin dom” (Cat’s house) is a puppet show for young visitors based on the famous fairytale of Marshak. This performance says about friendship and mutual assistance. The action of the play takes place in the living room, decorated in the spirit of the 1920s. The costumes of a cat, dressed in a silk dress with feathers and a sweet hat, as well as music of Charlie Chaplin remind the style of “modern” period of time. It lasts 50 minutes without intermission.

2 APRIL 2017/ MALYSHCHITSKY CHAMBER THEATER/ VMTHEATRE.RU

“Bioexperimentanium” exhibition

“Bioexperimentanium” is an interactive exhibition where children learn more about different biological processes and phenomena. They can touch, run, and try everything. This exhibition includes 60 training installations. Also group and individual excursions are held and young visitors can become real experimental scientists during them.

UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2017/ KONUSHENNAYA,2 ART SPACE/ VK.COM/BIOEXPERIMENTANIUMSPB

 

About Nadezhda Vasileva

Tell about unique places, get acquainted with interesting people, inspire and show unexplored in popular guidebooks side of St. Petersburg, that's why I'm writing. Saint Petersburg is a city of romance, changeable weather and ambiguous people, and I want everyone who found yourself in this city could feel the beating of its heart, learn its mysteries and secret passages.

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