Saturday, January 27, 2007

Readings From Russia at Lincoln Center

I can not pass by this article in the New York Times “From Unread to in Demand, Thanks to ‘Utopia’" by Julie Bosman published on January 26, 2007.
“Russian Thinkers,” a 1978 collection of essays on 19th-century Russian intellectuals by the philosopher Isaiah Berlin, has virtually disappeared from bookstores across the city, including Barnes & Noble, Labyrinth Books and Shakespeare & Company. The Internet is not much help either: the book is sold out on, and though it can be ordered from Amazon, the order won’t be shipped for two or three weeks.

The culprit behind this Berlin craze turns out to be none other than Tom Stoppard and his epic three-part play, “The Coast of Utopia,” which opened at Lincoln Center on Nov. 27. Tucked deep inside the show’s playbill is a list titled “For Audience Members Interested in Further Reading,” with “Russian Thinkers” at the top.
It’s time to book a ticket to see the whole trilogy as a performance marathon in one day. The Coast of Utopia:
Marathons, Parts 1, 2 & 3
In addition to the single performances of parts 1, 2, and 3, there will be nine marathon day-long performances of the entire trilogy.
The marathons will take place on Saturdays from February 24, 2007 to May 5, 2007:
February 24
March 3
March 10
March 24
March 31
April 7
April 21
April 28
May 5
The marathons are sold as packages and will provide buyers with the same seat for the entire day. With only nine marathon days, seating is extremely limited. See the Performance Calendar for details.
This seven-book list compiled by Anne Cattaneo, the play’s dramaturge, gives us a great impulse for continuation of our meetings with Vladimir Shatsev in The Readings From Russia’s club.


Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center Theater

Lincoln Center Theater Review
The Coast of Utopia
Fall 2006, Issue 43

Notes on the Play

The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage, a CurtainUp review
The Coast of Utopia: A Trilogy
Notes About This Event of the Season| Voyage | Shipwreck | Salvage
By Elyse Sommer

Русская классика покорила сердца американских театралов
На сцене нью-йоркского Линкольн-центра прошла премьера трилогии культового английского драматурга Тома Стоппарда «Берег Утопии», посвященной классикам и мыслителям России 19-го века.
Трилогия знакомит театралов с творчеством 70 русских писателей, философов, критиков в исполнении 46 актеров. Среди героев Стоппарда -Александр Пушкин, Николай Гоголь, Виссарион Белинский, Иван Тургенев, Александр Герцен и Николай Огарев, Николай Чернышевский, Михаил Бакунин. Действие охватывает 30-летний период русской философской мысли.

Том Стоппард

перевод с английского Аркадия и Сергея Островских
Ноябрь 2006
ISBN 5–94145–424–4
480 стр.
Героями исторической трилогии “Берег Утопии” неожиданно стали Белинский и Чаадаев, Герцен и Бакунин, Огарев и Аксаков, десятки других исторических персонажей, в России давно поселившихся настраницах школьных учебников и хрестоматий. У Стоппарда они обернулись яркими, сложными и — главное — живыми людьми. Нескончаемые диалоги о судьбе России, о будущем Европы, и рядом — частная жизнь, в которой герои влюбляются, ссорятся, ошибаются, спорят, снова влюбляются, теряют близких. Нужно быть настоящим магом театра, чтобы снова вернуть им душу и страсть.

Сайт посвящен трилогии классика английской драматургии Тома Стоппарда "БЕРЕГ УТОПИИ" и ее постановке на сцене Российского академического Молодежного театра

Credit: РАМТ

Культура Портал: Спектакль "Берег утопии" Тома Стоппарда в лондонском "Национальном театре"
Зачем Стоппард разбудил Герцена?
Более тысячи человек досидели до конца длящегося девять часов спектакля "Берег Утопии", премьера которого состоялась в лондонском "Национальном театре". Пьеса, написанная британским драматургом Томом Стоппардом, состоит из трех частей. Несмотря на то, что с учетом перерывов зрителям пришлось провести в театре 12 часов, представление завершилось овацией, и актеров трижды вызывали на сцену.
Credit: Культура-Портал

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Monday, January 15, 2007

UofT Event: Our Motherland with Vitaly Mansky

Автор-составитель программы Рита Черненко
The program was written and compiled by Rita Chernenko

What a great opportunity to watch documentary films about Russia along with the following discussions with the film director.

The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies of the University of Toronto presents films by and discussion with one of Russia's best documentary filmmakers, Vitaly Mansky.

Film Screening of "Our Motherland"

(Director: Vitaly Mansky, Russia, 2006, 1 hr. 41 min., English subtitles)

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Vitaly Mansky.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Time: 7-10 pm

Location: Innis Townhall, Innis College
Address: 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto ON, M5S 1J5
Innis Townhall is located within Innis College on the University of Toronto's downtown campus, at the NW corner of St. George Street and Sussex Avenue, just south of Bloor Street. It is a five minute walk from the nearest subway stop, St. George Station.

Description: Anti-Semitism at the hands of the Soviet Union state made many families in the 1970s emigrate to Israel. Filmmaker Vitaly Mansky heads to Israel, USA, Canada and Ukraine in search of those he once knew so well, for their mutual past and for discussions about dreams and disappointments, discrimination and dominance, homeland and happiness.

Free admission
Contact Info: Larysa Iarovenko
Main Sponsor: Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Event Details: >>>

Film Screening of "Private Chronicles. A Monologue"

(Russia, 1999, English subtitles)

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Vitaly Mansky.

Date: Thursday January 18, 2007
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: The Munk Centre For International Studies
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7
Room: 208N, North House

Description: Using rare home movies shot by amateur cameramen, "Chronicles" unveils the life of an average Soviet intellectual living during the Post-Stalinist era of stagnating totalitarianism.

Contact Info: Larysa Iarovenko
Main Sponsor: Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

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Фильм "Наша Родина" - участник XXVII Московского международного кинофестиваля:
(Russia / Germany, 2005, 119 min.)
director: Vitaly Mansky
screenplay: Vitaly Mansky
«Our Motherland» tells the story of the director's trip in search of his classmates from school #52 in Lvov with whom he studied in Soviet times. It is made up of 33 short novellas about 33 classmates of the author. Only a few of them still live in Lvov today. The rest are scattered throughout the world. What can unite the former pioneers of the «Gagarin» group? What does «motherland » mean to them today, the motherland to which they swore loyalty in the spring of 1973 when they joined the ranks of the pioneers?
Фильм> Виталий Манский. Наша Родина/Our Motherland


Манский, Виталий Всеволодович
Материал из Википедии — свободной энциклопедии

Люди: Виталий Манский: Vilaliy Manskiy
Биографии, Интервью, Истории (Biography and People story)
Conception 1999-2007 by Universal Studio

Режиссер-документалист Виталий Манский
Радио Свобода: Наши гости: Лицом к лицу

Би-би-си | Арт-квартал | Виталий Манский: "Документальное кино - это высшая математика"
Своими мыслями о кино, телевидении и вирусе SARS Манский поделился с журналистом Людмилой Белецкой.
Би-би-си - Русская служба
Вторник, 29 апреля 2003 г., 08:01 GMT 12:01 MCK

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Russian House: Invitation to Old New Year Celebration

Flyer: Invitation to 'Old New Year' Celebration
'Old New Year' Celebration

When: Saturday, January 13th, 2007
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Swansea Town Hall (Rousseau Room)
Address: 95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto, ON M6S 3H9
Google Map: 95 Lavinia Avenue

The Russian House Community Centre warmly congratulates you with a Happy New Year 2007 and a Merry Christmas!

We also invite you to celebrate the Old New Year, which takes place on Saturday, January, 13th at 6:00 PM at the Swansea Town Hall (Rousseau Room).
We need everyone who would like to make events of our Russian-speaking community amusing, cheerful and interesting!

You will learn from different people, you will discover new opportunities; you can simply get pleasure from the atmosphere of entertainment, music and gathering!

Call us, write to us, send faxes, we will make this holiday together!

Tickets: $10.00 for adults
$ 5.00 for children under the age of 12 years

Phone: 416-354-2635, Margarita Mengele
or 416-395-495, Vitaly Bistritsky


Administration "Russian House"

How to get to the Swansea Town Hall:

Празднование Старого Нового Года

Общественный Центр "Русский Дом" сердечно поздравляет вас с Наступающим 2007 Годом и Рождеством Христовым!

Приглашаем вас на празднование Старого Нового Года, которое состоится 13 Января в 18.00 в помещении Swansea Town Hall (Rousseau Room).
Нам нужны все, кто хочет сделать события русскоязычной общины яркими, веселыми и

Вы познакомитесь с разными людьми, вы откроете для себя новые возможности,
вы просто получите удовольствие от атмосферы отдыха, музыки и общения!

Звоните, пишите, присылайте факсы, сделаем праздник вместе!

Стоимость Билетов: 10 долларов для взрослого
5 долларов для детей не старше 12 лет

Телефон:416-354-2635, Margarita Mengele
или 416-395-495, Vitaly Bistritsky


Администрация "Русского Дома"

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PHOENIX Theatre Presents "Barishnya i immigrant"

Poster: The Phoenix Theatre's Premiere "The Young Lady and the Immigrant"
Credit: Phoenix Theatre


День: Пятница, 19 Января 2007 года
Время: 8:00 pm

Спектакль Театра ФЕНИКС “Барышня и иммигрант”,
пьеса Владимира Мильмана по мотивам жизни русскоязычной иммиграции в Торонто.
Режиссер-постановщик Ольга Шведова.

Место: York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Avenue West
Google Map: 1785 Finch Avenue West

Справки и билеты по телефону (416) 364-8801

We've got a letter from Vladimir Milman:
Dear friends!
We perform very soon: on Friday, January 19, at 8 PM, at York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Ave West.

PHOENIX Theatre presents "Barishnya i immigrant", both funny and sad story (in Russian) that is based on some of our impressions of our Russian speaking community in Toronto, but is, actually, about some funny and sad sides of generally us, human beings. Dances (including the most modern style, European Segue), are incorporated as part of this story and they are among the dramatic elements of this play. No doubt - you will enjoy all of this. Of course, unless you come, you won't be able to judge. Come yourself and bring your friends and family. We will be happy to see you again among us!

Tickets ($20, $25 and $30 - with certain exceptions) can be reserved through me or if there will be any left can be purchased at the doors.
Huge free parking lot.
If by TTC, take Finch West bus from Finch subway and ask the driver for the York Woods Library (or after Keele street watch for the big Library sign on your left hand).

For those who know these names:
a play is written by Vladimir Milman
and is staged by Olga Chvedova.
Actors are (in alphabetical order):
Stefan Genyk-Berezowskyj
Jane Milman
Gianeya Nesterova
Valentyn Ovsyuk.

Vladimir Milman, Founder and Director

Please feel free to tell your family and friends about this Toronto event!

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Vladimir Shatsev: Russian Poetry Group

Vladimir Natanovich Shatsev at the Russian Student Association’s poetry group at Hart House (UofT); December 2006
Credit: itceremony

We've got a comment on the post Vladimir Shatsev: Readings from Russia:

Looks like just one more cultural function missed...what a shame.
Clearly, the happenings in Bloor West have improved over the years.
Interesting that Chapters has moved into the Village, I trust it is a profitable venture both for the trade and the community. I look forward to reading about more events in this fine area of the city.

December 19, 2006 7:39 PM
Here is Vladimir's notes to this comment:
Dear Odessa,

Thanks a lot for your letter. The Readings from Russia was an important event in my Canadian life. Unfortunately my writing skills in English are not sufficient for self-expression; however I do hope to deliver my thoughts and suggestions in a proper way.
For all my life I have been teaching Literature, speaking the truth, in a very effective way. I continue to be active in my professional field even here, in Toronto.
In theory, the Runnymede Chapters would like to give me a place and time for monthly meetings of the Club of Russian Literature. Also in theory, the Russian House is still looking for a place and time for weekend classes of Literature for kids and adults. But in practice...
I have another option right now. On Sundays at 7 pm I regularly give lectures on Russian Literature for the Russian Student Association’s (RSA) poetry group at Hart House (UofT). I think everyone would be welcome. The next lecture is about Egyptian Nights and Mozart and Salieri.
I also have an idea for a Royal Toronto Oblomov Society which could be the society of mostly English speaking people involved in the reading of Goncharov, Gogol, Nabokov etc. The only requirement to become a member of this society is to read the novels relaxing on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate, and from time to time exchanging opinions by phone or by e-mail.
My dear Odessa, you will be amazed, but ordinary Canadians even well educated ones, have no idea about Isaac Babel or Ilf and Petrov. They should be enlightened for their own benefits.


I just have forgotten to mention that the next lecture on Russian Literature would be not on the coming Sunday, but Sunday, January 14th, 2007.
We love your feedback. Please write your comments and see you at Hart House at meetings of the RSA’s poetry group.

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