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Folklore festival Russian Island in Moscow
14.05.2005 00:00

International Music House Krasnye Holmy/Red Hills and the Moscow State History and Ethnography Theatre will host the international festival of folklore theatres Russian Island 2005 on May 18 through 20.
       The Russian Island festival is an annual project, this year gathering five theatrical and musical companies from Russia and Ukraine. All the ensembles creatively restore the original national rituals, old songs and dances, display national costumes and folk household effects. Every staging is remarkable for its absolute ethnographic authenticity, combined with original scenic devices and the excellence of rendition.
       The festivals initiator, the Moscow State historic and Ethnographic Theatre will give a performance under the title Russian Calendar, plunging the audience into the atmosphere of the Old Slavs life (The House of Music, May 21, 12 a.m.). The staging brings together bright pagan rituals venerating the sun, the earth, the harvest and a variety of arcane rites and fortunetelling, the old times teemed with.
       The most eminent participant of the festival will be the Eskimos ensemble Ergyron (May 19, the Moscow State History and Ethnography Theatre, 12 a.m. and the House of Music, May 20, 7 p.m.). The festival performance will be focusing on hunting rituals, not without elements of shamanism, bringing its special energy in.
       A gala concert with participation of all the companies will crown the festival in the House of Music on May 21, at 6 p.m.


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