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Russia's Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg to open World Cultures Festival 2013 - "Lasting Legacies of Eastern Europe" (with photo)

     The World Cultures Festival 2013 will celebrate the arts of Eastern Europe this autumn. Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the festival will carry the theme of "Lasting Legacies of Eastern Europe" and will be held from October 18 to November 17. Featuring the most representative art forms, artists and arts groups of the Eastern European countries of Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine, the festival's array of dance, theatre and music programmes will showcase the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of the region inherited from the past and transformed to the present, with new developments reflecting the multifaceted contemporary society.

     A leaflet on the festival line-up is now available free at the LCSD's performing arts venues.

     Opening the festival is the world-renowned Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg from Russia, which will present the modern ballet "Anna Karenina" based on Tolstoy's novel. In a ballet tour de force, leading Russian choreographer Boris Eifman meets one of literature's most charismatic female protagonists to generate a breathtakingly bold and passionate encounter.

     The Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra from Hungary will also perform a remarkable concert celebrating the dazzling traditions of Gypsy music mixed with classical music.

     Also featured in the festival are two thought-provoking productions. "Uncle Vanya", directed by legendary Russian director Lev Dodin, is a production by Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg - Theatre of Europe (Russia), while "Persona. Marilyn", directed by veteran Polish director Krystian Lupa, is a production by the Dramatic Theatre of the City of Warsaw (Poland). Both directors are European Theatre Prize winners.

     The festival will also feature:

* Divna and Melodi (Serbia) in the concert "The Soul of Orthodox Chant"
* The concert by Terem Quartet (Russia)
* Romafest Gypsy Dance Theatre of Romania in "A Gypsy Song and Dance Fiesta"
* Don Cossacks State Academic Song and Dance Ensemble in honour of Anatoly Kvasov (Russia)
* Class 7A Drama Group's "The Memorandum"
* JohnChen Ensemble's "Uasiankrainian Jam"
* The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's "Eastern Europe Postcards"

     Apart from presenting performances, the festival will also offer a series of extension activities including thematic exhibitions, a film series, video screenings, a masterclass, workshops, a backstage tour, talks, meet-the-artist sessions and more.

     Detailed programme brochures will be available from September 5 at URBTIX outlets. Counter bookings will start on September 6. For more details, please visit the website

     For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.

Ends/Thursday, July 18, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:00


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