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Goncharova and Malevich: In Three Dimensions
Venue: New Tretyakov Gallery, Krymsky Val 10
The State Tretyakov Gallery will host the world’s first fully immersive virtual-reality-enhanced exhibition. The display features the work of the founders of Russia’s avant-garde movement: Natalia Goncharova and Kazimir Malevich. Visitors will be able to revive the creation of the works, virtually visiting the studios of the artists and recreating themselves their artworks with brushes on canvas.


More dates: 11/12/2018, 23/03/2019, 24/03/2019
Venue: Electrotheatre Stanislavsky, Tverskaya str. 23
PROSE is an opera by longtime Stanislavsky Electrotheatre collaborator Vladimir Rannev. It is based on two texts performed simultaneously, Yury Mamleev’s “The Bridegroom” and fragments of Anton Chekhov’s “The Steppe.” The former is presented visually, the latter in vocal form. Mamleev’s story explores what happens after a couple loses their daughter in an accident. They seek salvation by adopting the imbecilic truck driver who hit and killed their daughter. In the section from “The Steppe,” a young boy travels to be raised by distant relatives, with whom he must learn to live in this world. We see the two characters blend into a single person, captured at different moments in life, before and after entering the world of human relationships. Shortly after its premiere, critics proclaimed Prose a major step forward in the development of new Russian opera. It won the Casta Diva award for 2018. The play is performed in Russian with English subtitles.

The Nutcracker and the Sleeping Beauty ballet at the Kremlin Palace

More dates: 17/12/2018, 12/01/2019, 18/01/2019
Venue: State Kremlin Palace, 1 Vozdvizhenka str.
A ballet in constant evolution, the Nutcracker is one of the classic fairy tales that has seen a great number of creative adaptations. The Kremlin Palace has since 1993 preserved the artistic vision of Andrey Petrov withstanding, in the course of the years, over 300 performances. Another jewel of the classical repertoire is the Sleeping Beauty, a ballet in three acts in celebration of love and the triumph of good over evil forces. The performance will be accompanied by the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergey Kondrashev.


Ice show: The Nutcracker and the Swan Lake
More dates: 20/12/2018 – 07/01/19
This winter season the Dynamo Arena and CSKA Arena in Moscow will host two unique ice shows based on two emblematic fairy tales: the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Supervised by the renowned ice dancer Ilya Averbukh, the Nutcracker will be one of Averbukh’s most expensive and spectacular shows and it is deemed to become one of the hits of this coming season. Two important Olympic-level figure skaters, Adelina Sotnikova and Yevgeny Plushenko, and producer Yana Rudkovskaya will present Swan Lake as an ice show, a classical story brought to the stage with modern visual effects and technologies.

The Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theatre

More dates: 22/12/2018-07/01/2019
Venue: Bolshoi Theatre, Teatralnaya sq. 1
A different version of the ballet the Nutcracker will be showcased at the Moscow’s historical theatre the Bolshoi. The theatre will feature an adaptation from Yuri Grigorovich’s work in which the fairy tale turns into philosophical meditations on the unattainability of the ideal of happiness mixed with romantic reflections suited to captivate children and adults alike. The ballet will be divided into two acts for a total length of two hours and fifteen minutes. 

Water Show: Tale of Tsar Saltan

More dates: 29/12/2018-06/01/2019
Venue: the Dynamo stadium
Pushkin’s tale comes to life again and this time in the Dynamo stadium in Moscow in a show combining three basic elements: water, air and earth. The show Tsar Saltan will feature many stars, from professional athletes to award winning artists, who will exhibit in performances of synchronised swimming, circus contests, acrobatic stunts, all in outstanding choreographies. The show will be presented by Maria Kiseleva, winner of three Olympic golds and three golds in world championships.

till 20/01/2019
Isaac Levitan

Venue: Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, 11 Obraztsova str., bldg. 1А
Born into a poor but educated Jewish family in the second half of the 19th century, Isaac Levitan is one of the most well-known Russian painters mastering the genre of the mood landscape. Due to his origins, the artist was forced to constant moving and a continuous search for a new home which is believed to be reason for his sensitivity to nature.



till 20/11/2018
Expressionism in Russian Art

Venue: Benois Wing (Russian Museum), Nab. kan. Griboedova 2
The exhibition is dedicated to the most significant trend in Russian art of the early twentieth century: expressionism. The showcase will feature an astonishing collection of about 350 artworks reflecting the various trends within the movement and its developments from the beginning of the 1900 to mid-1930. Side by side to big names like Goncharova, Larionov, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Filonov, the exhibition will host less known works of artists from various Russian art associations.

17/11/2018 - 27/11/2018
Diaghilev. P.S.

Venue: Alexandrinsky Theatre , Sqr. Ostrovskogo 2
In November 2018 in St. Petersburg for the ninth time will be held International Festival of Arts – Diaghilev. P.S. The theme of the festival this year will be the 200th birthday of Marius Petipa. IX International Festival Diaghilev. P.S. is included in the official program of the Year of Petipa, his special ballet program will present the best choreographic versions of the ballets of Petipa XX-XXI centuries in the performance of Russian and foreign troupes.

Ballets Cinderella and the Nutcracker

More dates: 01/12,02/12,15/12,16/12,19/12,20/12,23/12,27/12-20/12,03/01/19,05/01/19-07/01/19
Venue: Mikhailovsky Theatre, Sqr. Iskusstv 1
Two fairy tales that have marked everybody’s childhood, Cinderella and the Nutcracker, will make their appearance again in one of St. Petersburg’s oldest and most famous ballet theatres: Mikhailovsky. Accompanied by the sublime music of Tchaikovsky and performed by a talented dance troupe, the Nutcracker will enchant children and adults alike. Cinderella, which was premiered at the same theater in December 2017, features a modern version of the classical performance combining traditional ballet with modern stage technologies.

28/12/2018 – 07/01/2019
Alice in Wonderland

Venue: Yubileiny Sports Palace, Pr. Dobrolyubova 18
Premiered in Moscow one year ago, Ilya Averbukh’s Alice in Wonderland will be back to St. Petersburg’s Yubileiny Palace of Sports for a marvellous performance on ice. Ilya Averbukh is one of the most outstanding directors in Russia today, having participated in the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Sochi. In Alice in Wonderland, the director has brought back the enchantment of the traditional story and adapted it to a modern performance with powerful video effects.

29/12/2018 – 07/01/2019
Ballet Nutcracke
Venue: DK im. Lensoveta, Kamenoostrovsky pr. 42
A classic in the Russian theatrical repertoire, the Nutcracker, is a play that will never bore the viewer and can always surprise with the multitude of versions that each theater has to offer. The St. Petersburg DK Lensoveta will follow the choreography of Vasily Vainonen created in 1934 and premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre. It will be accompanied by the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Although originally envisioned as a children fairy tale, the Nutcracker is permeated with philosophical thoughts about the unattainability of the ideal of happiness, a theme that will never cease being relevant.

till 31/12/2018
Open Wednesday at Mariinsky

Venue: Mariinsky Theatre, Teatralnaya pl. 1
The free concert season at the Chamber halls of the Mariinsky II goes on! Weekly, on Wednesdays, St. Petersburg locals come here to get acquainted with selected classical music: from Bach and Mozart to Britten and Gershwin.
Concerts take place in Stravinsky Foyer at Mariinsky Second Stage. You can become a listener for free every Wednesday — just take a special complimentary ticket ('kontramarka') at the entrance to the theatre 30 minutes before the concert. But it is better to come to the theatre long in advance (at least one hour before the concert). Unfortunately, Stravinsky Foyer has only 170 seats while the number of spectators is usually enormous.

02/01/2019 – 08/01/2019
Nutcracker 2

Venue: Ledovy Dvorets, Pr. Pyatiletok 1
This winter, the magic of the acclaimed fairy tale, The Nutcracker, will conquer the ice skating rings with a unique performance full of special effects and high-class performers. The award-winner figure skater, Evgeni Plushenko, will join a show combining tradition and modernity in which a classical musical theater led by the Vienna Strauss Orchestra will blend with high-tech 3D effects and unforgettable scenery. The spectacle will amaze children and adults alike, thanks to the splendid numbers on ice and the superior musical accompaniment.

Eugene Onegin

More dates: 11/04/2019
Venue: Mariinsky Theatre, Teatralnaya pl. 1
"Eugene Onegin" staged by Yuri Temirkanov and the Mariinsky Opera company is as close to the original idea of Tchaikovsky as possible. For him Pushkin's novel in verse was an ideal of strong, but intimate drama that does not need any traditional stage effects.