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10 APRIL 2018

An Unknown Friend on 9th May at Kings Place

Gift of Life is pleased to announce the one and only showcase of ‘An Unknown Friend’, a stage performance based on Ivan Bunin’s short story, brought to London by M.ART – a new non-profit cultural organisation that showcases contemporary Russian culture in London, New York and Tel Aviv.

Seamlessly blending theatre and music, actress Kseniya Rappoport and pianist Polina Osetinskaya bring Ivan Bunin’s An Unknown Friend to life. Inspired by Bunin’s correspondence to an admirer in Dublin, this little-known short story from the mid-1920s comprises several love letters from a married woman living in a foreign land to her favourite author – whom she’s never met. In this unique performance, Bunin’s text will be accompanied by a delicate musical programme featuring pieces from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Fauré, alongside contemporary Russian composers Anton Batagov and Pavel Karmanov.

Performers: Ksenia Rappoport, spoken word, and Polina Osetinskaya, piano

Programme: Bunin’s text will be accompanied by a delicate musical programme featuring pieces from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Fauré, alongside contemporary Russian composers Anton Batagov and Pavel Karmanov.

Date: 9th of May 2018, 8pm-11pm

Location: Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.

TICKETS http://buytickets.at/giftoflife/159791

Tickets are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment. All proceeds from the charity tickets with the artists’ reception will benefit children in the care of Gift of Life.

The artists’ reception in aid of Gift of Life will be hosted at Rotunda Bar and Restaurant on the Ground Floor at Kings Place after the performance.

Schedule

8:00 pm Performance

9:40 pm Reception

11:00 pm Carriages

Dress code: Cocktail & lounge suit

Kindly supported by Savills Russian Desk

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Savills, established in 1855 in Great Britain, is a global real estate provider with 700 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Savills offers a broad range of specialist advisory, management and transactional services to clients all over the world. Savills Russian Desk is based in London and offers a broad range of services to Russian speaking clients related to purchasing, selling, renting of prime real estate in the UK and other European countries, as well as Moscow.

 

In partnership with M.ART.

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M.ART is a non-profit, non-governmental cultural organisation that showcases contemporary Russian culture in London, New York and Tel Aviv. M.ART presents a curated programme of events across all sectors, including music, dance, film and theatre. The project features outstanding artistic acts that are highly acclaimed in Russia but not yet well-known internationally. M.ART seeks to introduce the diverse and exciting landscape of the current Russian arts scene to the international community and Russian-speakers living abroad.