175 years ago, during the premiere of the ballet “La Sylphide” at the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris, the prima ballerina Maria Taglioni wore a very eccentric
March 9th. The famous Italian actress Ornella Muti was born in Rome to a Neapolitan father and Estonian mother. She began her career in cinema at the age of 15. In
Music is the only sensual pleasure without vice. Samuel Johnson Every artistic genre or activity is based on a certain interpretation of reality, on associative thinking, on mimesis. For instance,
March 4th: On this day in 1925, Paul Mauriat was born in the city of Marseille, France. 40 years later, in 1965, he created an orchestra that became a planetary phenomenon.
On this day in 1582, the Pope Gregorius the XIII instituted a more accurate astronomical calendar, commonly known as the Gregorian civil calendar. The transition began in October 1582 and
As I am about to write this article, the city of Montreal, covered with snow, lies just outside my window. Snow plows pass every half an hour, burying parked cars
On this day in 1877 the ballet Swan Lake was first performed on the scene of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. This performance was met with a rather tepid reaction,
We got acquainted with Misha Lenn at a jazz concert in Boston. He had been living there for many years. However, during the conversation he appeared to be so immersed
The fantastical, stylish virtuoso Ulf Wakenius This incredible red-haired Swedish guitarist displays a truly masterful technique of performance. His virtuoso compositions and musical pranks during life concerts make swoon and shudder with pleasure
All those who left Russia during the late Soviet era, the cruel upheaval of the nineties, and the more recent Putin’s tightening grip on Russian statehood, are defined as emigrants
Originally, this incredibly delicate statue had another title. Auguste Rodin named his creation after Francesca da Rimini, a noble Italian lady famous for her extraordinary beauty. Francesca’s story was tragic.
Not a very educational handbook designed to explain to the reader the subtleties of the theatre. improvisation It comes from the Latin word “improvisus” – sudden. In theory it is acting and