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DASH CONCERT: ‘Oligarkh’ – funky montage of Russian history

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When we were admitted to the venue, the mere five tables arranged in the sizeable room made it clear some dancing was expected. The audience was only small, about thirty, but ten of these were up dancing for most of the show and that’s a decent ratio. This duo from St Petersburg performed almost non-stop…

Ian Mole | June 7, 2017
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THEATRE REVIEW: Marin Sorescu’s ‘Jonah’ – ‘great, imaginative literature matched with great theatrical effort’

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Marin Sorescu’s Jonah was originally published in 1968 and is considered the playwright’s masterpiece. It’s the famous monologue of the Old Testament fisherman, who endures his dark night of the soul trapped inside a whale. ‘Jonah! Jonah!’, he cries out, first arriving on stage. ‘Actually I myself am Jonah’, he confides to us. ‘I call…

Andreea Scridon | May 21, 2017
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Postponed Futures’ at GRAD: the best show in London on the Russian Revolution – by far

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Postponed Futures is really quite something. In a year when London’s saturated with exhibitions about the Russian Revolution in its centenary year, the show’s curator, Nikita Kadan, has forged a different response. He shows a Ukrainian exhibition, political and thought-provoking, which reminds us not to forget what’s going on amid the celebrations: a war in…

Julia Secklehner | May 18, 2017
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths at the British Library

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The British Library seems the perfect place to host an exhibition dedicated to the Russian Revolution. With both Marx and Lenin having worked at moments in the reading rooms of its former premises, it can be easily seen as a cradle of the Soviet experiment. Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, on view till 29 August…

Denis Stolyarov | May 10, 2017
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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Ashes Afar’ – Andrea Bortun’s corruscatingly intense anatomy of migration

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What do we mean by ‘home’? This is the central question posed by Romanian playwright Andreaa Bortun in her play Ashes Afar, recently performed in English at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London’s Belgrave Square. Bortun’s raw and uncompromising script shows us glimpses of the lives of  a migrant couple from two different cultures living…

Margaret Drummond | April 17, 2017
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KINOTEKA REVIEW: Polish Animation Classics – an existentialist feast

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Scene One: A crowd gets eaten by the roasted chickens and crabs on the banquet table. Scene Two: As a train moves, all that an onscreen silhouette of a man sees is a repetitive countryside landscape saturated with an intense green colour. Yet as soon as the man gets into the city, the landscape becomes…

Paula Erizanu | April 15, 2017
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PREVIEW: The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement

‘The importance of ordinary people, the everyday, belief in artistic freedom and the rejection of established cinematic norms are some of the principles common to the early work of Czech director Milos Forman and the British Free Cinema movement. This programme, jointly curated with Close-Up and screening from original 16mm and 35mm prints, marks Miloš…

Robin Ashenden | April 9, 2017