Reconstruction of the Avant-garde Music Environment

Lecture, concert, video show

24.04.2012, 19:00 Tuesday

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Program: [Context of the visual]

Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the small hall

Coordinator: [Aliya Berdigaliyeva]

Moderator: [Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro]

Participants: [Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro], [Petr Aydu], [Andrey Smirnov], [Fyodor Sofronov], [Dmitry Vlasik]

“Reconstruction of the Avant-garde Music Environment” project is a concert-performance that offers a fresh look at unique music events of the 1920s–1930s, which to a large extent were not fully implemented. The period between 1920s and 1930s marked a special era in Russian culture – a time of incredible uplift of creative ideas, of utopian avantgarde and great fantasies. Many of the principles and technologies of contemporary art so current and habitual today were formulated in that period.

This project reconstructs and combines both the historical reality and failed utopias of postrevolutionary years with the help of a musical performance. Events, music scores, texts and archives of the 1920s–1930s all serve as a basis for the performance.

The goal of the project is not only to introduce the viewer/listener to the almost forgotten parts of Russian music culture, but also to bring from the past the special spirit of that time, which carries an ecstatic anticipation of a brand new life, naïve and open intentions, an unbelievable creative force and daring. The evening's program includes a presentation and discussion of the project, which will premiere in May at the School of Dramatic Art theater.

Participants will show videos of the completed musical reconstructions, talk about the history of the project and the material they are working with, explain the nuances of performance, and answer the following questions: which part of the project is music and which is theater, is there a need for such reconstructions today and why do they exist at all?

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