Home Page
Significant Events
New Publications
About Us
Our Mission
Membership Benefits
Membership Application
Internet Resources
Contact Us

Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council Extends Invitation to Upcoming Russian-American Cultural Events Including the World Premier of the "Antigone" Dance-Theatre Production and "The Princess and the Patriot" Exhibit

The Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council (MARBC) would like to extend an invitation to two very special upcoming Russian-American cultural events taking place in Philadelphia. The first is the world premier of the "Antigone" dance-theatre production on March 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The idea for "Antigone" began while choreographer Rebecca Davis was studying in St. Petersburg, Russia with a Fulbright program grant. There, Davis led a cooperative effort between Russians, Americans and Canadians that resulted in this unique and interesting dance-theatre production. The production will star Russian soloist dancers from the Mussorgsky Ballet of Russia and will feature original music by Timofey Buzina, the General Manager of Saint Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. The production was inspired by the Greek tragedy of the same name written by Sophocles but is not strictly based on the original text. It uses movement and excerpts from the Sophocles play to convey the story of Antigone, a woman who is punished by King Creon for giving a proper burial to her dead brother against the king's explicit orders. The goal of the performance, explains Davis, is to "to convey the emotional journey of an individual as she accepts a punishment for an action that she believes was morally right and noble."

The Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council is organizing a special opportunity to meet members of the cast of "Antigone" from Russia and other countries at 9 pm at the Kimmel Center after the performance being given on March 17.

MARBC would like to encourage community members to attend another exceptional Russian-American cultural event being held next month. On April 7, there will be a viewing of "The Princess and the Patriot" exhibit and a Russian musical performance at the Museum of the American Philosophical Society as part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, the first American member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The exhibit presents Franklin's life in a novel way, emphasizing his role as an Enlightenment thinker and placing him alongside Ekaterina Dashkova, an important figure in 18th century Russia. Though each came from very different backgrounds, both were profoundly influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment that had been developed in Western Europe. Franklin made his mark as a scientist, a printer and a politician, playing an important role in the development of American democracy. Dashkova was also active in politics, helping her friend Catherine the Great take the Russian throne in a coup d'état. In addition, she pursued intellectual endeavors and was appointed the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Franklin and Dashkova met face to face only once – in 1781 in Paris – but each developed a strong respect for the intellect and achievements of the other. Franklin eventually nominated Dashkova to join the American Philosophical Society, making her the first female and the first Russian member of the group and Dashkova nominated Franklin to join the Russian Academy of Sciences, making him its first American member. The musical performance being held will complement the exhibit, featuring music from the era of Franklin and Dashkova. The group "Talisman" will be performing pieces by female Russian composers who were at the court of Catherine the Great. This event, which highlights the long history of Russian-American cooperation, is being included in the program for the Russian-American Innovation Technology Week being organized MARBC.

For additional information on the world premier of "Antigone", please visit: www.rebeccadavisdance.com/premiere.html. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.kimmelcenter.org or call: (215) 893-1999.

The Museum of the American Philosophical Society is located at 104 South Fifth Street in Philadelphia. For further information about the exhibit, please visit: www.amphilsoc.org/exhibitions.

For further information about the opportunity to meet the members of the cast of "Antigone", the viewing of "The Princess and the Patriot" exhibit and the musical performance at the Museum of the American Philosophical Society and the Russian-American Innovation Technology Week, please contact Val Kogan, Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council, by phone: (215) 708-2628, or email: val@ma-rbc.org, or visit the MARBC website at: http://www.ma-rbc.org


Back to MARBC Events Page

Cultivating Economic and Cultural Partnerships
between the U.S. Mid-Atlantic States and Russia