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In the next installment of the Culture fair series Sophie Shevardnadze invites viewers to the gypsy world of Russia. They have their own magazine, language courses and theatre, which is the only gypsy theater in the world. Their bright and colorful traditions have become an essential part of Russian culture, but they live according to their own laws.
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Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and its opulent ball portrayals, James Brown decides to delve into the Russian ballroom culture. He learns the dress code of a traditional ball, its etiquette and even a fan language: a code that female ball-regulars used to communicate with their admirers.
Few places in the world still teach fine arts the old way, where form is everything, but the St-Petersburg academy of fine arts is one of them. It’s the oldest art school in Russia and students from all over the world dream of studying within its ancient walls, they believe it’s a place that sets the gold standard in teaching classic art. It’s not just about technique because they believe great art is all about love, for yourself, your subject and your medium, and that attitude makes this art school quite unique.
They sing with their hands and hear with their eyes. Actors from the Nedoslov Theatre are hard-of-hearing or completely deaf. Most come to the theatre after graduating from the Russian State Special Institute of Arts. RT looks at their lives inside and outside the theatre.
Pianist Vladislav Teterin’s foundation, 'World of Art', is a very special charity for disabled children. It gives young singers and musicians a chance to shine on stage and to show the whole world that their physical disabilities are no barrier to them developing their talents.
While violence in Gaza continues unabated, local children and teenagers still pursue their everyday interests. RTD follows students of a Gaza City music school who have lived through three major military conflicts since 2008. Despite their experiences, they remain hopeful that peace will eventually come. Until then, they seek comfort in music.
This is more than just a theatre group. The Free Debut Theatre lends a helpful hand to former prisoners by introducing them to the world of performing arts and giving them a chance to leave their past behind. The members of the theatre can re-invent themselves and their lives through acting.
Russia's ballroom boom: children, students, businessmen and even pensioners are doing it. The world's leading coaches and dancers are travelling to Russia to perform, teach and make money. In Russia dancing's a tradition: it has an air of culture and is extremely competitive sport making people sacrifice everything.