The R17 season has announced new events to its Spring line up including:
- A quintessentially Russian recital by Yevgeny Sudbin hailed as “one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century” (7 May)
- Wales own Giant Fabergé Egg on display at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2-26 May)
- A Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama retelling of Turgenev’s moving comedy A Month in the Country, Three Days in the Country by Patrick Marber (26 May-2 June)
- Stravinsky’s rebellious Rite of Spring is given a new lease of life by BBC National Orchestra of Wales (8-9 June)
R17 has added four new events to its ever-growing commemorative programme setting the stage for a bumper artistic season this Spring.
R17 is the 9-month long season of events by leading arts organisations across Wales which marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution in 2017. The programme features names such as Welsh National Opera, National Dance Company Wales and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This is the first collaboration of its kind designed to be cultural reflection which also recognises Wales’ historic connections with the Russia of the time.
The latest events to be added to the season will take place during May and April 2017.
R17 Producer Laura Drane said: “Our R17 programme is well under way and has already enraptured audiences with performances which recognise the rich artistic period in Russia before and after 1917, and which continues to influence many art forms and artists today.
“Our partner organisations throughout Wales are creating timely, challenging productions inspired by revolution and we’re excited to have these new additions to our growing R17 programme.”
This April will mark 100 years since Vladimir Lenin, leader of the revolutionary Bolshevik Party, returned to Petrograd after a decade of exile to take the reins of the Russian Revolution.
Upcoming events – April/May
25 April – The Mavron Quartet explore the Great Russian composers with a special concert at St David’s Hall.
1-31 May - Ffotogallery’s Diffusion 2017 festival explores the themes of revolution through the prism of photography and lens-based media.
2-26 May - It took 22 students from Royal Welsh College over 13 days to create Wales’ first Giant Fabergé Egg on display at RWCMD’s Linbury Gallery.
7 May – Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, hailed in the Daily Telegraph as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century, performs at Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
14 May – an evening of Russian romantic fantasy and tragedy with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra performing the bitter-sweet joy and heartbreak of Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with violinist Natalia Lomeiko
19 May - The Mavron Quartet explore the Great Russian composers with a special concert at St John’s Church in Cardiff.
26 May-2 June – Three Days in the Country Patrick Marber's electric retelling of Turgenev's classic by Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a drama performed at Chapter Arts Centre.
2017 will feature a season of events, performances, talks and lectures in venues across Wales.
R17 has been produced with the assistance of the Arts Council of Wales Lottery funding.
The season of cultural events is apolitical and purely a reflection on the cultural resonance of a period in history.