Konstantin Raikin: about intensification of censorship in Russia

Художественный руководитель театра "Сатирикон" Константин Райкин высказался об усилении цензуры в России

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October 25 during a speech at the Congress Theater artistic director of the theater “Satyricon” Konstantin Raikin spoke about strengthening of censorship in Russia. According Raikin, deliberately violating state to work motivated by a desire to “return the situation in art in Stalin’s time.”

Raikin also said that worries about the current cultural situation in the country, in particular in connection with the “short visits to art” by the state. According to him, the power is idle, “distancing” in relation to those who are comfortable with the protests at trade shows and performances, thereby exercising its censorship.

Following the publication of the application on the Internet, in support hud.ruka “Satyricon” were directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev, a journalist and TV presenter Vladimir Pozner, actor Oleg Tabakov, who also said about the inadmissibility of censorship in the 21st century.

Earlier it was reported that Konstantin Raikin in person to apply for financial assistance to the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medina for staging the play. As representatives of the theater “Satyricon”, the cause of financial difficulties is the reconstruction of the main building, which is why most of the money goes to rent temporary sites. Konstantin Raikin, in turn, did not rule out the possibility of closing the theater due to lack of funds.

Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky
Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky

Then the Ministry of Culture said that they see no reason for the statement from the “Satyricon” leadership, as well as on the closure, and “about the existence of” censorship. ” Deputy Minister of Culture saidAlexander Zhuravsky that the state has always provided financial support for the theater:. For example, last year more than 190 million rubles were allocated for its needs, and in this year of about 235 million, despite the fact that the percentage of attendance continues. It remains low.

Regarding statements Raikin spoke, and presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, who also noted that in Russia there is no censorship, and asked to distinguish between the productions financed by the state budget and those which are put to “the involvement of other sources.” Peskov also said that the state, providing financial assistance to the theater, the right to demand from him concrete results.

Press Secretary for the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov
Press Secretary for the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov

Theatre “Satyricon” is one of the oldest theaters in Russia, founded by his father Konstantin Raikin Arkady in 1939 in Leningrad. In 1982, the theater moved to Moscow, and already in 1987 and to this day he is the artistic director Konstantin Raikin.

The situation surrounding the attack on the exhibition broke out in connection with the riots in several Moscow museums. Since September 25, unknown persons committed the riots at the exhibition of the American photographer Jock Sturges “Without confusion”, whose work is regarded as pornographic, and two days later in the Sakharov Center unknown doused with paint pictures dedicated to the war in the Donbass.

“The Lord of Fantasy”

Студия New Line снимет фильм о Джоне Толкине

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After the successful and sensational production of trilogy “The Lord of Rings” the New Line Cinema film studio is going to gladden the audience by new version of “Lord”. The film fans stand chance to watch the picture about the creator of hobbits and elves himself – the screening of John Tolkien’s life in the film symbolically named “Middle-earth”. The producer of the film is chosen to be James Strong, the British supervisor of the well-known film “Elton John. “Me, myself and I”, such popular serials as “Doctor Who”, “Downton Abbey” and etc.

The “Middle-Earth” will be shot according to the scenario of Angus Fletcher, who has been learning Tolkien’s biography for six years. Angus dedicated several own investigations, articles about “Tolkienism” with those, who personally was involved in author’s lifetime or even close relationship. Therefore he comprised photos, letters and articles about Tolkien’s family and its peculiarities, about Tolkien’s spouse – extraordinary Edith Brett, whose character became the “frame” for Luthien Tinuviel in “The Silmarillion”, collected information about the Tolkien’s professorial activity in University of Oxford and his participation in the World War I – influential and essential event which altered the author’s views, especially in his creativity.

The major part of the film, as the producer Michael Lynne and his colleagues Robert Sheehan and Rachael Horovitz described, will tell audience about the author’s youth and his first love towards young 19-years-old Edith Brett while he was studying in the college of Anglo-Saxon and German languages. Despite the father’s exhortation to stop dating and the actual stop of dating with Edith, Tolkien in the long run made the final decision to tie a knot with his minion of fortune during the peak of world war.

John Tolkien sitting at the table and talking about his book
John Tolkien sitting at the table and talking about his book

The last affected on Tolkien’s life significantly. John saw on his own and felt what iswar being the “leading man” in that reality.

“The couple had lived in Oxford in the happy environment of close friends, yet with the beginning of the War Tolkien vigorously left everything to fight for the piece ad justice directly to the dangers, risks, challenges, loses and new comrades and like-minded people, who and what influenced on Tolkien’s perceptions and leaded him to the road to Middle-Earth” – underlined the creators of future film product.

Both supervisor and producers rejected to reveal the name of the actor playing the main role. The strict data of the film’s opening night is vague as well.

John Tolkien thoughtfully smoking
December, 1956: John Tolkien thoughtfully smoking

John Tolkien was born in 1892. In the University of Oxford John taught the lectures on the Old English language. All the time while escaping from work Tolkien tackled into the creation of “middle-earth world”, which in author’s opinion comprised the traits and features of modern life with its world and people. Tolkien’s inclination towards details astonishes lots of readers – he made up own languages of variable social groups, drew the geographical maps of every historical period and eventually made by himself the entire religious system of Middle-Earth with own “pantheon of angels-like creatures, controlled by the singular deity”.

Now and then Tolkien is named as “the Lord of Fantasy”. He expressed his imagination in the most talented way in “Hobbit. There and back again” (1937) and the sequel “The Lord of Rings” (1954-1955). Due to some surveys in 1997, the epic novel “The Lord of Rings” was attested to be the Book of Age.

John Tolkien died in 1973. After Tolkien’s death, his son helped to publish the rest compositions of the great science-fiction writer.

The writer behind bars

История судимости Оскара Уайльда

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Judge: “This is the most evil thing in which I took part”
Oscar Wilde: “And I?”

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If you ask the modern reader, a product of Oscar Wilde he knows he will promptly answer: “of Course, “Dorian gray””. And only a few will remember that after the death of Wilde’s poems were worth reading. His first collection called “Poems” was published in the late nineteenth century. During the year it was published more than a thousand copies.

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

Alfred Douglas twenty – year-old boy, with whom Wilde tied a close relationship, played a fatal role in the life of a writer. Because of their frequent meetings Wilde hasn’t been home, haven’t seen his wife and children. It was the occasion of serious concern as families, and British society, which could not close my eyes to the relationship between Wilde and Douglas.

Young Alfred
Young Alfred

As Alfred Douglas and his father fought a lot, Queensberry thought of Oscar Wilde guilty of disorder his relationship with his son. Once at the bar, met two friends, he left Wilde slanderous note, calling him a “sodomite”. This greatly hurt the feelings of the writer, but friends advised him to ignore this ridiculous accusation. Despite this, Alfred Douglas, despised father, wanted payback. In the end, Wilde filed a lawsuit, accusing Queensberry of libel. But it was not there: the writer has received from Queensbury retaliatory accusation of homosexuality, supported by various evidence. (Queensberry found 13 boys with whom Wilde had a relationship and have provided the court with dates and places of their meetings.) This was the beginning of the trial of a London man of letters. News of this spread instantly: the hall in which the meeting took place, was crowded.

In court, Oscar Wilde defended his honor and dignity, denying the sexual nature of the relationship. The answers of Oscar Wilde caused an explosion of laughter from the audience. He was teased by the Prosecutor, by showing lack of seriousness and the absurdity of the accusations against him. When the Prosecutor asked to clarify the meaning of the phrase “the love that carries my name”, taken from a sonnet by Douglas, Oscar Wilde gave a speech that will be remembered forever Londoners:

“The love that carries my name” is in our century the same majestic attachment of older men to younger what Jonathan had for David, what Plato laid the basis for his philosophy, which we find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It’s the same deep spiritual passion, characterized by purity and perfection. She’s intelligent, and time and again she breaks out between the older and younger men, of whom the eldest has developed intelligence, and the younger is filled with joy, anticipation and magic of life lying ahead. As it should be, but the world does not understand. The world mocks this affection, and sometimes puts her man to the pillory”.

When it came time for the jurors to announce their verdict, they are unable to do this. But the trial Wilde was convicted of “gross indecency” with men and sentenced to two years hard labor work.

The longer you watch, the more you see

Картины Олега Шупляка

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Paintings by modern Ukrainian artist Oleg Shuplyak have already managed to win the hearts of social networks’ users. They have become popular among boths art-lovers and people, how are not specialists  in it.They have succeeded to obtain such a wide esteem because of one feature: in the works of Shuplyak there are several hidden meanings. The artist himself calls his work “dvoevzory”. The official name for this style has not been invented yet.

The artist has exhibited his works both in Ukrain and abroad. People from Ukraine, Russia, UK, Poland, Denmark, USA, Japan and other countries could see “dovoevzory” and try to find all the meanings hidden in them. However, the peak of the popularity of his paintings has been achieved via wide dissemination in social networks. You can watch Oleg’s works in his account on the portal Art in UA.

Even having found worldwide fame the artist continues to work on the attic of his house in the small town of Berezhany in Western Ukraine. “I’m not ready to exchange the comfort and peace of native land to the bustle and noise of the big city – says Oleg, – I feel better while living as a hermit.”

 Oleg Shuplyak
Modern Ukrainian artist

Oleg graduated from the faculty of Oleg Shulyak – modern artistarchitecture of the Lviv Polytechnic University. From 1997 to 2001 he worked as a drawing teacher in his native village, and now teaches at children’s art school. Currently, Oleg is a member of the Union of artists of Ukraine and actively participates in various exhibitions.

All the details of the paintings of O. Shuplyak are impossible to evaluate with only a superficial glance. To see all of the allegories, hidden meanings and details one has to watch them more than carefully. Sometimes peaple have to spend more than ten and even twenty mitutes to understand what the author wanted to tell you. You may have to change the position of view, to going away from the existing reality, to depart from the usual way of looking at things.

The author’s thinking is extreamly creativ. Noone can call his paintings “ordinary” . Under the brush of Oleg even a typical landscape is transformed into something mysterious, deep and enchanting. Due to the unique artistic means: illusions, mind games and optical illusions – paintings become more bright, dinamic and acquire new meanings.

Now there are about 60 paintings in this genre in the collection of the artist. But in the beginning the creation of the “dvoevzory” was  a funny hobby for the artist.

Oleg also paints in traditional genres: surrealism, associative symbolism, abstract painting, Church painting. Optical illusions are just a small, but certainly a particularly striking part of his work. They attract the attention of art lovers from the whole world. The artist continues to develop his skills in this kind of painting, delighting his fans with new works.

The film “Duelist” opened the festival in France

Фильм Алексея Мизгирёва был показан на открытии фестиваля российского кино

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Released in the Russian hire on September 29 “Duelist” went to the festival in Honfleur. As recognized by the producer of the film Alexander Rodnyansky, it is the oldest and most important festival of Russian cinema in Europe. “Scrapper” – a dramatic, exciting, emotional story with an unexpected and strong character, and we hoped that it would find an echo in the hearts of the French audience,” added Rodnyansky.

Hopes for a French audience the producer was no accident – despite the fact that the festival is devoted only to the Russian cinema, to a greater extent evaluate the work come the French, not the Russians who had emigrated. For French spectators attend the festival – is already an annual November tradition established in Normandy for more than twenty years ago.

Mysterious, ambiguous painting with the slogan “On the dark side of honour” shows the Russian soul, with all its secret corners and non-healing wounds. It should be noted that only for the first two weeks in Russia “Wins” gathered 6,012,377$. The rating of film critics official website kinopoisk.ru was 85%. For the Director Alexey Mizgirev, whose films such as “Dismissal”, “Flint”, “Stone head”, “Tambourine, drum”, “Convoy” and TV series “Kulagin and partners”, “Duelist” was the debut project.

And high expectations from the festival in Honfleur: the jury is headed by French literary critic, writer, and actor, writer and filmmaker Frederic Beigbeder. While among the paintings, which are presented in the competitive program of Honfleur this year, the participants and winners of the Open Russian film festival “Kinotavr” movies “Collector” Alexey Krasovsky, “Fish-a dream” by Anton Bilzho, “Cloth Union” Michael Mestechko. In a parallel non-competition program “Panorama” will be shown the winner of the Grand Prix of the “Kinotavr” in 2015 – the film “About love” by Anna Melikyan.

After the festival, 2 Dec 2016 “Duelist” was released in us theaters, and a little later to watch a movie can the people of China.

About how after “God” appeared “Ministry”

Арундати Рой готовит к изданию второй роман

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“Ministry of Utmost happiness” is the second novel of Arundhati Roy which is preparing to come out in 2017, according to publisher Penguin 3. Her first book was “the God of small things”, released 20 years ago and which took the Pulitzer prize. We tried to find out what changes in Roy’s life has taken place and what they resulted.

The first Arundhati’s novel made her one of the most famous authors of the ‘ 90s. Then she put a career as a writer and changed roles. For a long time she was engaged in public activity: he criticized US foreign policy, led the fight for human rights, was an investigative journalist. The most popular project Roy was the struggle against the construction of a dam on the river Narmada, which was spent by her all of the money raised for the novel. Also the popularity was brought to her rejection of the most important literary prize of the Indian Sahitya.

About the new novel is little known. “Amazing, multi-layered book – perhaps the best novel we have read in recent years”, say the publishers of the book. In the making of this work Arundhati Roy highlights the special role of John Berger, her friend who persuaded her to continue working on a novel.

“The God of small things”, Arundhati brought fame, ranks first among the best-selling books by Indian authors living in his native country. And The New York Times awarded him the fourth place in the ranking of best sellers.

Monument Maya Plisetskaya in Moscow

В день рождения балерины на Большой Дмитровке открыли скульптуру в образе Кармен

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Monument to nine meters tall carved familiar with Plisetskaya personally, honored artist of Russia Viktor Mitroshin big fan of ballet dancers.
The project architect Alexei Tikhonov said:
“Our main goal was to create the illusion of soaring ballerina on a background of the sky, in our view, it is possible -. Sculpture floating in the air”

The initiator of the sculpture is a ballet dancer’s husband – composer Rodion Shchedrin.
He will be present at the opening of the monument, on November 20 in the square named after Plisetskaya on Bolshaya Dmitrovka. The event also invited outstanding artists, representatives of the Ministry of Culture and the Moscow government.

Maya Plisetskaya and her husband Rodion Shchedrin
Maya Plisetskaya and her husband Rodion Shchedrin

On the opening of the monument mentioned in his Twitter Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
Dmitrovka became one of the first streets, which was implemented by the City Hall project “My Street” and the square named after Plisetskaya appeared there because of it.

Maya Plisetskaya and Alexander Bogatyrev
Maya Plisetskaya and Alexander Bogatyrev

According to the Russian Ministry of Culture of the cost of the monument was 20 million rubles. However, Deputy Minister of Culture said that the money from the budget in the project have not been involved, bronze sculpture was cast at the expense of the private charitable foundation Alisher Usmanov “Art, Science and Sports.”

According to the sculptors of the monument must give great importance to Plisetskaya Russian ballet. Choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev happily took the news of the imminent appearance of the monument and said that Maya Plisetskaya will forever remain in the history of ballet, because it could change the aesthetics of dance, emphasize its musicality. “When I looked at Plisetskaya, I saw the music” – he said.

Maya Plisetskaya and Sergei Radchenko
Maya Plisetskaya and Sergei Radchenko

Premiere on the stage of Theatre of Nations

Новый спектакль Марата Гацалова, основанный на тексте британской пьесы

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The production received the award “the gold Mask” created based on the play by Duncan Macmillan, the famous English playwright of our time. The writer was twice nominated for one of the most prestigious British awards – the award of Lawrence Olivier.

Artistic Director
Artistic Director

The main characters of the action – “supporters of a healthy lifestyle: they do not care what they eat, how much water you spend, when brushing my teeth and how the waste is disposed of”. However “for picture perfect is not enough only children. And this fact prevents them to live quietly” — a fragment from the announcement of the performance on the website of the Theatre of the Nation.

The scenery
The scenery

In an interview for “Theatre” Marat Gatsalov has shared his impressions of the works: “a discourse in which there are two character in connection with the desire to have children.” The artistic Director added that the play “Breath”, “how “the ballet of everyday life”, where things in his obsession turn to dance” – said the artistic Director.

For a more vivid and accurate transformation of the actors in the characters of the play, the Director has attracted professionals: artists Peretruhina Xenia and Alexey Lobanov, artist Asya Mukhina, composer and choreographer of Sergei Nevsky and Tatyana Gordeeva.

The main role performed by actress Lyudmila Troshina, with which the Director has worked in the Novosibirsk theatre “Globus”, the play “August. Osage County” and actor Roman Shalyapin.

Photo from Billboard
Photo from Billboard

The minimalist scenery is the business card of the play “Breath”. Artistic Director refused to reveal all the secrets of the production of scenery, wanting to leave the intrigue when viewing the work.

Within a few days (from 7 to 9 November) on the Small stage of the theatre of Nations will be held premiere performances, and this year the screenings will be held on 4 and 5 December.

Riot against fashion

Почему не нужно бояться носить «гранж»

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Style grunge quite heterogeneous, there are many variations of it. The general idea of this stylistic direction – resistance fashion. Often a rebellion against fashion creates a new style. Grunge – a good example. The word “grunge” came from the American slang. It means something unpleasant and repulsive.

Aboriginal youth are considered rebels and numerous fans of rock bands, who often copy the behavior and lifestyle of their idols. Followers edakogo marginal chic came from Seattle, where I came from groups such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden,  and not by accident.These groups in their texts talked about the new reality and freedom in all spheres of life, and especially – for self-expression.

Rock band "Nirvana"
Rock band “Nirvana”

Grunge – a flannel plaid shirt, long, carelessly arranged hair, torn pantyhose or mesh, leather and metal ornaments, frayed jeans or shorts, plaid skirts, hats, beanies and heavy, solid shoes. Grunge style intersects with such styles as the “military” and often fans of grunge in the preparation of a camouflage image is used.


The origins of the style is the desire to resist the fashion, but this desire has resulted in yet another direction in clothing. It would not have tried followers marginal style challenge and break the fashion templates, they are trapped, because grunge – is quite different combinations of certain things. Style ceased to be truly marginalized in the early nineties when the American designer Marc Jacobs within the Fashion Week showed her collection, made in grunge style. Then grunge ceased to relate human to a particular social group. On this day, this style is often ill teenagers, lovers of rock music, the participants of some subcultures and even the stars.

Two anniversaries. “Two biographies”

В выставочном центре «Новый Манеж» открылась экспозиция о Булгакове

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On the Oct 28, 2016  the exhibition “Bulgakov. Two biographies” opened in the exhibition hall called New Manege. There are two anniversaries being celebrated this year: 125 years since the writer’s date of birth , and 50 years – since the very first publication of his most famous novel “The Master and Margarita.”

“Project” Bulgakov. Two biographies ” is a vivid example of coollaboration between the museums. Creating the architecture and design, a crew of “Manege” worked in permanent contact with the curators of the Bulgakov’s House – says Irina Tolpina, managing director Moscow Museum and Exhibition Association Manege. – A visit to the exhibition will be a dive into the world which connects the images of literary works with the reality in which he lived and worked as a writer. ”

Archive documents, provided by Bulgakov's House.
Archive documents, provided by Bulgakov’s House.

The exhibition is divided into halves. In the first one, under the glass cases there are archive documents which tell Bulgakov’s biography, present his first fees and difficult way to the reader: in late 1920s his works were banned and named “anti-Soviet”. Bulgakov even counted that among the reviews on his works there had been 300  “hostile and abusive” ones and only three hab been laudatory.

N.Ulyanov's sketches for Bulgakov's play called "The Days Of Turbin".
N.Ulyanov’s sketches for Bulgakov’s play called “The Days Of Turbin”.

The second half of the exhibition is devoted to the theater, which played an essential role in Bulgakov’s life. His plays “Days of the Turbin” “Crimson Island,” “Zoyka’s flat” and “Moliere” were put on the main stages of the country – in Chekhov’s Moscow Art Theater, and Bolshoi Theatre. Visitors will be able to be backstage and try to undertand the process of writer’s clash with the Soviet censorship and even contemplate Bulgakov as an actor: in 1935 he played the President of the Court in the movie “The Pickwick Club”, based on the novel written by Charles Dickens.

Reconstructed Bulgakov's apartment, situated in Naschokin's lane.
Reconstructed Bulgakov’s apartment, situated in Naschokin’s lane. Photo sourse: Russian Newspaper

A part of the exhibition is a replica of Bulgakov’s apartment, reconstructed via his contemporaries’ memoirs, extant outlines and black and white photos. But it was impossible to reconstruct everything accurately. There is a layout drawn on the floor, and words “sofa”, “chair”, “piano” display the furniture which hasn’t been found. In this apartment did Bulgakov work on the novel “The Master and Margarita” till the end of his life. There he created the “Notes of the deceased” and the play “Batum” about Stalin’s youth, with whom the writer even had a phone conversation, having made it clear that Bulgakov’s works would never be printed.

The exhibition will be open until the Jan. 9, 2017, and everyone has a chance to delve into Bulgakov’s work and biography, to assess if the crew of the Exhibition Centre successfully coped with the task by collecting about 700 materials from libraries and private collections, museums and archives in one single exhibition. Apart from the exposure itself, the project organizers have prepared a special program. It will include lectures of specialists in literature and history of theatre, panel discussions, film screenings and tours.