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Review: Uncle Vanya (Show One Productions / Luminato)

Uncle Vanya played to sold out crowds as part of the 2017 Luminato Festival in Toronto I’ll admit that I approached seeing Uncle Vanya, the classic play about a family caught between between tradition and transformation, with trepidation. The play written by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov was performed during the 2017 Luminato Festival in Russian by Moscow’s Vakhtangov State Academic […]

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Uncle Vanya Lives Passionately Through The Vakhtangov Troop

Pure brilliance was formed last night in the John Bassett Theatre, when the intense text of Anton Chekhov met the meticulous techniques of the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia. I am most certain that Rimas Tuminas’ direction of Uncle Vanya, in addition to the roaring sound of applause, summoned both Vakhtangov and Chekhov from the grave […]

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SCRUTINY | Red Giselle Dazzles With Epic Storytelling And Superb Dancing

Eifman Ballet’s Red Giselle at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Through May 13. Fast on the heels of the success of Trio Magnifico in April, Show One Productions is bringing the Eifman Ballet’s Red Giselle to Toronto’s Sony Centre for a four-performance run. Founded in 1977 by Boris Eifman in St. Petersburg, Russia, […]

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Professor Anna Shternshis on honouring a destroyed culture

‘Musically it sounds amazing.” We spoke to University of Toronto professor Anna Shternshis about lost Yiddish lyrics written by Soviet Jews during the Second World War and recently set to music by poet-musician Psoy Korolenko. The music, reconstructions in the style of popular Russian music of the 1940s, will be premiered in a concert on […]

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Svetlana Dvoretsky packed up her culture and came to Canada

‘I came home crying every night, but I learned how to build something,’ says the Russian-born founder of Show One Productions. Russia and Canada are not on the best of terms these days, but you wouldn’t know it from the work of Svetlana Dvoretsky, who has spent the past decade bringing some of the finest […]


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