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2 June

VII International Platonov Arts Festival begins!

Alexey Gordeev and Mikhail Bychkov

The opening ceremony with the participation of the Governor of the Voronezh Region Alexey Gordeev and the artistic director of the festival Mikhail Bychkov took place on the stage of the Opera and Ballet Theatre. Then the audience saw the world premiere of the opera "Electricity Motherland" based on works by Andrey Platonov.

Today, the Festival art-centre opened in the ex-printery of the “Commune” newspaper. Here, for almost two weeks, there will be held the following exhibitions: "Look at people", in which the Russian video-art from the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and more is presented, and "Pavel Pepperstein. A Suprematist Study of Ancient Greek Myths". In addition, “Commune” will host art sessions with the guests of the festival, lectures, cinema screenings and DJ sets.

Lecture of Elena Kuzmina in art-centre “Commune”

I.N. Kramskoy Voronezh Regional Art Museum launched the exhibition "Alexander Tyshler. Playing and Acting". The exhibition is complemented by works from the collections of the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Tula Museum of Fine Arts, and the I.N. Kramskoy Voronezh Regional Art Museum. All in all more than 100 showpieces are presented.

Electricity Motherland

In the evening on the stage of the Opera and Ballet Theatre the performance "Electricity Motherland" was shown – the world premiere of the only opera based on texts by Andrey Platonov.

Composer – Gleb Sedelnikov. Musical director and conductor – chief conductor of the Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre Yuri Anisichkin. Director – artistic director of the Platonov Arts Festival and Voronezh Chamber Theatre Mikhail Bychkov. Scenography designer –  Nikolai Simonov. Costume designer – Yulia Vetrova. Choirmaster – Olga Scherban. Lighting designer – Ivan Vinogradov. Video – Alexey Bychkov.

The opera is dedicated to the centenary of the revolution in 1917. "This is the first modern opera staged at the Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre for many decades. It is significantly different from all that is performed on this stage, - says the director of the show Mikhail Bychkov. - In addition, this is a serious portrait of such a phenomenon as the revolution. Here you can find the reflection of the birth of hopes, the pursuit of happiness, the human impulse, which may have accompanied the beginning of a new historical period that followed the October Revolution, and then the collapse of those hopes".