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14 JANUARY 2016

POETRY AND MUSIC GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: CHULPAN KHAMATOVA AND GIDON KREMER’S CHARITY PERFORMANCE IN LONDON GATHERS OVER £ 17, 000

On January 12th 2016, St Paul’s Church, in the very heart of London, was host to Chulpan Khamatova and Gidon Kremer’s charity play Wings of Everyday Life in aid of the Gift of Life Foundation. The play was a great success, with an audience including Dina Korzun, actress and co-founder of the Podari Zhizn and Gift of Life foundations, the artist Erik Bulatov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko and his wife, and the legendary tennis player Olga Morozova.

“Wings of Everyday Life” is a musical and poetic performance that unites the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva and Aspazija. Chulpan Khamatova, the creator of this inspirational merging, is not only a marvellous poetry reader, but also a true literary expert who has identified a plethora of echoing rhymes, meanings and references between these two poets’ works.

Chulpan Khamatova, actress and co-founder of the Podari Zhizn and Gift of Life foundations: “Based on the poetry of Aspazija and Tsvetaeva, and with a very finely chosen musical accompaniment performed by the ingenious Gideon Kremer and the Kremerati musicians, Wings of Everyday Life is a composition where poetry and music do not merely complement each other, but rather reveal each other’s true depths. This project has been a source of genuine happiness for me, but the happiest and most precious part for me personally is that this is a charity evening, and that all proceeds will go towards buying medicine for the children in our care.”

The musical part of the performance is no less sophisticated than the poetic. Gidon Kremer and the Kremerati musicians merge together the works of the Russian classicist Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the contemporary Ukranian composer Valentin Silverstrov, the “king of tango” Oskars Stroks and the Latvian composer Georg Peletsis.

Gidon Kremer also shared his feelings. “When different people all over the world are united by the desire to help, that’s when miracles become possible. I am very grateful for the opportunity to take part in the foundation’s events to help children struggling with cancer. I deeply respect Chulpan and Dina, and the whole Gift of Life and Podari Zhizn team, for their tireless efforts to save children’s lives.”

All proceeds from the evening, over £17,000, will go towards the purchase of the expensive foreign medicines needed by children in the Podari Zhizn Foundation’s care in Russia. We would particularly like to express our gratitude to Vadim Levine, who covered all expenses related to organising the performance.