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Arts & Culture 20 July 2014 83 299
Half of the actors of Free Debut Theatre and all of its audience members are former convicts. The theatre provides them with a chance to start their lives anew and choose creativity over a destructive lifestyle. Most theatre members, however, still have their inner demons to deal with. Dmitry is a heavy drinker whose bad habits have got him in trouble more than once and prevented him from getting a job. He is determined to make it to the premier of Sprat in Boots. After all, he plays the lead role. Meanwhile, Irakly is torn between his love of acting and his need to seek redemption in a monastery for a crime he committed many years ago.
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.
The Nigerian “dream factory”, Nollywood, became the second largest film industry in the world after India in just two decades. Its annual film production even surpasses Hollywood’s. What is its secret? RTD filmmakers travel to Lagos, to see how Nigerian movies are made.
The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held over 50 years ago, is a highly prestigious award in the classical music world. It attracts well-established and less well-known musicians from all over the world. They all come hoping for glory and international recognition though only one can win.
London based artist, Alexander James took his entire studio across a whole continent to produce a new collection for an exhibition in Moscow. The new working environment proved to be a challenge in more ways than he could have ever imagined. Despite the obstacles though, the artist never loses sight of the objective, reaching it though is another question.
Becoming a professional ballerina is a journey that begins at a young age and is extremely competitive. We meet young girls devoting their lives to the profession, as well as the women, who end up on the very top, performing on stage at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
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.
The Moiseyev Ballet is a world-acclaimed folk dance group. Its members are dedicated to carrying the legacy of its great founder to audiences the world over. But in doing so, they have to be prepared to sacrifice their health – and personal ambitions – in order to keep their ballet the best of the best.
A symbol of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an absolute must-see for tourists - Peterhof, also known as the Russian Versailles, could be reason enough to go to Russia, but you have a chance to admire at some of its unique fountains and palaces on RTDoc.
Many young girls dream of becoming ballerinas, but only very few are prepared to apply the all-out effort and make the sacrifices that this dream demands. The famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg welcomes the most talented and determined young dancers, but it makes them no promises.
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.
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.