In times of crisis, arts in all forms become the lifeline that unites people, allows artistic expression and brings hope. Even when facing the inevitable demise on a sinking Titanic, the musicians did not stop playing their music making, in some way, the inevitable less tragic. There is no wonder that […]
Author: Tate MCCLELLAN
Even though the political relationship between the U.S. and Russia has been strained lately, cultural exchanges between the two powers continue. The latest success of Russia’s cultural diplomacy was the performance of Mariinsky’s ballet, Le Corsair, which took place at the Kennedy center from April 9th until April 14th. This […]
Crystal palace is an unusual ballet because it is based on an historical episode during the rule of Empress Anna Ioanovna. The action is set in 18th century Saint Petersburg, then the capital of the Russian Empire.
Recent events such as a terrorist attack in the center of Tel Aviv, Netanyahu’s Moscow visit, his meeting with President Putin, and the opening of an exhibition, “Open A Door to Israel,” all led the author to book an immediate flight to Tel Aviv the following day. Having visited two […]
Even the most sophisticated art, dance and music connoisseur would be overwhelmed with Moscow’s cultural events as the city has truly transformed itself into one of the major international world capitals for international festivals. While mainstream Western media often talk about Russia’s sanctions and isolation on the world scene, musicians, […]
Before the events that led to the reunification of Crimea with Russia in the spring of 2014, the Crimean penninsula hosted a number of festivals such as Kazantip, Koktebel Jazz festival, and the Yalta Theater Festival, among others. Prior to 2014, I visited Crimea almost every year and had the […]