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Russian Culture Festival in Japan Crowned with Mariinsky Theater Performance
January 7, 2018 10:52

The program of the large-scale festival "Russian Seasons" in Japan was completed with the concert of the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra under the conductorship of maestro Valery Gergiev with the participation of pianist Denis Matsuev. The event was held in the Santori Hall in one of the central districts of Tokyo.
According to the RF Deputy Culture Minister, Alexander Zhuravsky, who delivered a welcoming speech, "Russian Seasons" embraced 3.5 million Japanese visitors. About 250 events were held in 42 Japanese cities during the festival.
Throughout this year, the dwellers of the Land of the Rising Sun could enjoy performances of famous Russian collectives, unique ballet and drama productions, exhibition projects, masterpieces of Russian cinema, and many others.
The representative of the Russian Ministry of Culture recalled that the "Russian Seasons" had started in early June of 2017 with the stunning ballet Giselle starring Svetlana Zakharova, the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater. The head of the Japanese Culture Agency, Rehei Miyata, confessed that the performance of the world ballet star had made a huge impression on him. "It was so gorgeous that I could not fall asleep that night," - the Japanese official said.
The head of the agency emphasized that there are no borders between Russia and Japan in the field of culture and art.
It is noteworthy that the "Russian Seasons" in Japan are going to give place to an equally rich cultural program. In accordance with the agreement reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the year of 2018 has been declared the Russian and Japanese Bilateral Year of Culture. "This is a grandiose festival; what you will see and hear will remain in your hearts," - Mr. Miyata said.
The day before, the exhibition of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts was announced. This year the Pushkin Museum is going to bring to Japan 65 works by French artists from its collections. Most of these works will be displayed to Japanese public for the first time. The exhibition will feature works by more than 25 artists, including the world-famous Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Rousseau, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and others.
In turn, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum in Moscow will host an exhibition of Japanese art of the Edo epoch.
"Although there will be lots of events, including traditional kabuki theater with eleven theater performances, we know and expect that our exhibition dedicated to the Edo epoch will be the main event of the year of Japan in Russia," - the Pushkin Museum director, Marina Loshak, said at a press conference in the capital city of Japan.


It should be added that a private screening of the Russian film "Big" by director Valery Todorovsky will take place in Tokyo within the "Russian Seasons" next week. The film is dedicated to the theme of ballet. In addition, fans of animation will have an opportunity to watch famous Russian cartoons. Cheburashka, which has gained fame in Japan, as well as Varezhka, Moroshka, Two Trams, and others are among them.


Author: Vera Ivanova

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