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The project “Unknown Siberia Under Paris Skies” is starting today

“Unknown Siberia Under Paris Skies” - this programme will be introduced in France by our theatre from the 27th till the 30th of November. It is dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the first visit of the Russian Emperor Peter the Great to Paris and the establishing of permanent diplomatic relations between Russia and France.

Today, the director of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre Svetlana Guziy will take part in a meeting dedicated to bilateral cooperation in organizing projects of art and artistic creativity, as well as significant cultural events, with the participation of cultural figures from Russia and France. The meeting will take place in the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre in Paris.

The Embassy of the Russian Federation will host a gala concert of our theatre’s soloists. The concert programme features excerpts from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballets “Swan Lake” and “Snow Maiden” performed by Yuri Kudryavtsev and Ekaterina Bulgutova. Also, famous arias and Russian romances by Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Georgy Sviridov will be performed by Evgeny Sevastyanov, Ksenia Khovanova, Alexander Murashov and soloist of the Bolshoi Theater, People's Artist of Russia Irina Dolzhenko.

A multimedia exhibition will be set up as a part of the project. It’ll include a photo exposition "People of Siberia", introducing the honourable inhabitants of Krasnoyarsk, artists, architects, sportsmen and musicians who left their mark on our history and made an invaluable contribution to the development of the city. The central "items" of the exhibition are two short films about the most famous Krasnoyarsk artists - writer Victor Astafyev and artist Vasily Surikov. The filming took place in authentic places, and was made with the assistance of the Surikov Museum-Estate and the Astafyev Museum-Estate. The main roles in the films were played by the soloists of our theatre - People's Artist of Russia Vladimir Efimov and Honoured Artist of Russia Herman Efremov.

Our artists will take part in the flower laying ceremony at the Parisian cemetery, where Russian cultural figures, writers, artists and musicians are buried.

“We are proud of our long-standing ties with France, and it’s an honour for us to present our theatre’s programme as part of this project,” says Svetlana Guziy, director of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. “Russian-French cultural ties, fortunately, are able to acquire new forms of cooperation, because the art of music and dance has no boundaries and is a universal means of communication. We are confident that this project will be another important step in the development and strengthening of humanitarian and cultural ties between our countries.”  

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.