Arcola Theatre – Revolution

Change is in the air.

Arcola’s new season investigates a world on the brink of profound change. It explores the causes and the colossal impact of the Russian Revolution 100 years on, and considers the people and ideas which could shape the next century.

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Writing about Revolution

King’s MLC presents

a talk by the author

Alexei Makushinsky

“The revolution and accompanying Civil War was the main event, or the main catastrophe, of the 20th century for Russia. It was a momentous and tragic period.”


Alexei Makushinsky
Interview to
Rossiyskaya Gazeta

In this talk,

Alexei Makushinsky addresses the subjects of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, particularly the psychology of revolution; the mental and ideological premises of the revolutionary action.

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Чтение и разговор с писателем Алексеем Макушинским

3-part recording here

English event at King’s College, Strand, on the day after. Follow this link!

“Мне кажется, что искусство — это, прежде всего, приближение к какой-то реальности, или какой-то правде, или, наоборот, к какому-то идеальному тексту, какой-то в условиях земного бытия невоплотимой красоте… Во всяком случае, к чему-то, чего мы никогда не достигаем и что, парадоксальным образом, всегда уже нам «дано», всегда уже есть, в нас и вокруг нас.”

Алексей Макушинский, Интервью в журнале Eclectic.

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New Humanist – autumn launch party

at Waterstones Piccadilly

Join our contributors Owen Hatherley and Dawn Foster in conversation to mark the launch of the Autumn 2016 New Humanist.

The Chernobyl accident of 1986 is one of the greatest catastrophes of the nuclear age, yet its aftermath was followed by a wave of local solidarity and international co-operation. Does it take a disaster to get people to help one another? Should such an event make us think again about the potential of new technology?

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Summer Break! Here’s to new beginnings.

The first half of year 2016 was very successful.

We invited wonderful poets from Russia and England, like Dmitry VodennikovDmitrij KuzminDmitrij VedenyapinMaria StepanovaLev RubinsteinFiona Sampson, and Mario Petrucci for readings and conversation;

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Film Screening and Discussion: Shakespeare in Russia

Hamlet (Russian: Гамлет, tr. Gamlet)

is a 1964 film adaptation in Russian of William Shakespeare’s play of the same title, based on a translation by Boris Pasternak. It was directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Iosif Shapiro, and stars Innokenty Smoktunovsky as Prince Hamlet.

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Fiona Sampson – Poetry in a Changing World

One after another they
reveal themselves
stepping solemnly
into the light

creatures great and small
all of them strangers
all of them naked as the white
moths that skitter 

round them
only half surfacing
from the deep dream place
where they live

and from where they greet you
emissaries
who arrive out of dark hedges
gradually

like sight clearing
or all at once
who stand and wait to address
your bright path
(…)

from Fiona Sampson The Border

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Лев Рубинштейн – Чтение из разных книг

“Я ЗДЕСЬ”
1994

1.
Итак, я здесь!

2.
И вот…

3.
И вот я здесь…

4.
(Откуда ты? Тебя уже не ждали…)

5.
И вот…

6.
И вот я здесь! Как можно описать те чувства…

7.
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Мария Степанова – От баллад до песен и обратно

Степанову называют одним из
самых значительных современных
поэтов, пишущих по-русски.

Её мир сложен и по сюжетам, и по форме, его диапазон — от низкого языка московских коммуналок и блатного жаргона до высокого штиля и скрытых цитат из мировой классики, от фантасмагорических баллад до интимных лирических стихов.

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