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LIRICAL PERM

 

God gives people talent, a joyful and painful gift. Our land was always rich in talents. Just remember four schoolboys that once lived in Perm.

One of them, Ivan Sviyazev, became an architect and Academician. He made the native land and town more beautiful throughhis eminent pieces of architecture. His ideas became true in the province of Perm as well as in both capitals of Russia. It is enough to mention that Sviyazev was a senior architect in the commission for constructing the Cathedral of Christ the Savour in Moscow. (The Cathedral was destroyed in the 30s and restored recently.)

Perm musical circle. 1890s

Perm musical circle. 1890s

Another, Aleksey Merzlyakov, composed so Russian a song that the Russians have sung it for two centuries: "Amidst a flat and grassy plain, upon a level height..."

A. F. Merzlyakov taught philology in Moscow University and among his students was young Lermontov.

The Perm classical school student, Michael Ilyin took a pen-name of Osorgin, became a famous writer, took part in the famine relief committee, participated in founding the Writers Union (Moscow branch) and the All-Russian Journalists Union. In 1922 M. A. Osorgin was deported from Russia. Up to the end he felt the loss of Russia. His are the mostly touching pieces of prose devoted to Perm and the Kama.

Another Perm classical school student, Sergey Dyagelev became a prominent figure in the theatre. He spread the fame of Russian art in Europe, organized exhibitions for artists. Dyagelev's Russian Seasons in Paris fixed the names of our ballet dancers in the history of the world culture. Writing about Venice, Joseph Brodsky remembers Dyagelev:

Sergey P. Dyagetev

Sergey P. Dyagetev (1872 - 1929). The future organizer of Russian Seasons in Paris

...Only the star's falsetto amidst telegraph lines.
Over the place at which Perm's citizen lies fast asleep...

The 12-volume History of Venice suddenly echoes the poet's words: "The welfare of the Venice population is provided ... by the reliable pile-construction of the city, i.e. by the karagais from Perm". 400 000 piles made from the Ural larch support the famous Italian city Dyagelev was buried in.

The world space of culture has no state boundaries. Any settlement on the Earth can contribute to it. The enthusiasts always lived in Perm - along side with streams of convicts and exiles, refugees and evacuees whom Perm welcomed and learned from.

A highly experienced and demanding reader and theatre-goer was growing in Perm. The theatres, poets, writers, musicians and artists of Perm have set high standards for a long time.

125 years ago Perm fell in love with opera. At the end of the last century a conductor N. N. Bogolubov wondered: "Why this little town with the population of hardly forty thousand people, with a few paved streets and lots of wooden pavements, why this courageous little town suddenly decided to found the Opera House?.."

Nowadays Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is the pride of the city. It adopted the masterpieces of opera and ballet inherited from Pyotr Tchaikovsky and is rightly named after the great composer. The theatre is considered a cradle for the modern opera in Russia. Its ballet troupe succeed in both classical performances and the most risky experiments. The graduates of the world-known Perm Choreography College dance on various stages in Perm, Russia and all over the world.

Michael A. Osorgin

Michael A. Osorgin (1878 - 1943). The famous Russian writer

The tour routes of the theatre cross America and Australia, Asia and Europe. Gifted dancers successfully represent the musical and ballet culture of Perm in the Russian and world contests and competitions. They brought home such awards as a Grand Prix and a Golden Mask national prize, medals and Laureate titles.

At night the elegant lampposts of Perm Drama Theatre beckon people in. 70 years ago it was as an amateur theatre of young workers. At present it is called the Academic Drama Theatre. Its repertoire offers both Russian and foreign classic and modern plays. The theatre troupe successfully combines the professionalism of the stage masters and the daring searches of the youth. Traditions are respected here. It is not for nothing that one of the theatre's founders was given the Stanislavsky Prize, a high Russian theatrical award.

Perm Young Spectator Theatre successfully performs plays by Voltair in France and dramas by Chekhov in Perm, naive fairy tails for children and tragedies by Shakespeare.
The actors of Perm Puppet Theatre are actually devoted to their art and audience. They are always ready to start for a God-forsaken village and bring its children a festive puppet show.

For a few decades some bright performing-arts troupes have appeared in our city: the City Ballet of Eugene Panfilov, such drama companies as By the Bridge, The Ironic Company, The Big Wash, Pagoda and the Chamber Theatre in Motovilikha, such folk groups as The Russians and Home and others.

Idols of Perm theater-goers in the 19th century

Idols of Perm theater-goers in the 19th century

The musical culture of Perm is kept on a high level by the city singers ensembles -from the Little Boys Choir to Perm State Academic Chamber Choir - and by world-class on-tour musicians.

Orthodox Church chants and classical vocal music, folk songs, jazz and rock-music sound in Perm. "The Fat's Ballet" and ritual dance can be seen here.

The Perm publishing tradition is more than two centuries old. Books witha Perm trademark tell about the history and folk lore of the land, de monstrate the standards of its literature, reflect the fates of its poets and writes. Miniature books and originally published books for children are a unique visit card of Perm.

Nowadays Perm writers and poets are supported by the Yuryatin Trust that arranges their meetings with readers in Pushkin Library and publishes poetry and local lore studies.

Supporters of both realism and avant-garde can be found among Perm painters, sculptors, graphic and applied artists. Their work can bee seen not only in the exhibition halls but also in Gorky Library. The latter is turning into a meeting place for scholars, writers, poets, artists and actors.

Unique are the exhibitions held in Perm Art Gallery. Wonderful pieces of art are stored by its enthusiastic guardians devoted to and interested in rather art than money - well, like most museum curators, like most people devoted to culture.

Every worthwhile performance or concert, every good book or picture make us happy with meeting the beautiful.

Theatrical Park in the 50s
Theatrical Park in the 50s

Theatrical Park in the 50s

   
Ivan . Bobylyov, Drama Theatre Artistic Director, and Lidiya V. Mosolova (1918 - 1996), the great Russian actress, People's Artist of USSR
Ivan . Bobylyov, Drama Theatre Artistic Director, and Lidiya V. Mosolova (1918 - 1996), the great Russian actress, People's Artist of USSR

Ivan Ò. Bobylyov, Drama Theatre Artistic Director, and Lidiya V. Mosolova (1918 - 1996), the great Russian actress

   
Actors and actresses of Drama Theatre after the performance of a Perm playwright's play
Actors and actresses of Drama Theatre after the performance of a Perm playwright's play

Actors and actresses of Drama Theatre after the performance of a Perm playwright's play

   
Old circus, 1930s
New circus

Old circus, 1930s

New circus

   
N. V. Gogol in the BY THE BRIDGE theatre
THE BIG WASH theatre tells about the nineteenth-century Perm

N. V. Gogol in the BY THE BRIDGE theatre

THE BIG WASH theatre tells about the nineteenth-century Perm

   
Illusion-workers Vladimir and Elena Danilin are first-class sorcerers
Lyudmila Sakharova, Artistic Director of Perm Choreography College

Illusion-workers Vladimir and Elena Danilin are first-class sorcerers

Lyudmila Sakharova, Artistic Director of Perm Choreography College

   
Copellia ballet at P. I. Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre
Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after P. I. Tchaikovsky

Copellia ballet at P. I. Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre

Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after P. I. Tchaikovsky

   
Ivan . Bobylyov, Drama Theatre Artistic Director, and Lidiya V. Mosolova (1918 - 1996), the great Russian actress, People's Artist of USSR
Ivan . Bobylyov, Drama Theatre Artistic Director, and Lidiya V. Mosolova (1918 - 1996), the great Russian actress, People's Artist of USSR

Chamber Choir headed by V. Novik, People's artist of Russia

   
18th century.   One of the world-known Perm Wooden Gods
St. Niphont. Icon, late 17th - early 18th centuries

18th century. One of the world-known Perm Wooden Gods

St. Niphont. Icon, late 17th - early 18th centuries

   
St. Nicolas  of Mozhaisk. Icon, 18th century
Si. Nicolas  of Mozhaisk. Icon, late 17th - early 18th centuries

St. Nicolas of Mozhaisk. Icon, 18th century

St. Nicolas of Mozhaisk. Icon, late 17th - early 18th centuries

   
Lev I. Davydychev (1927 - 1988), one of the most talented Perm writers
Vladimir I. Radkyevich (1927 - 1987). A poet of Perm

Lev I. Davydychev (1927 - 1988), one of the most talented Perm writers

Vladimir I. Radkyevich (1927 - 1987). A poet of Perm

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