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The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) announce 2013 programming for 'TransCultural Express: American and Russian Arts Today'

Contemporary film, visual art, literary events, and performances scheduled in Siberia and Brooklyn.

Moscow / April 19, 2013 The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) today announced 2013 programming for TransCultural Express: American and Russian Arts Today. A collaborative venture focused on cultural exchange, the program marks the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund’s inaugural artistic alliance with a US performing arts institution.

TransCultural Express provides the opportunity for two singular organizations to join resources and share cultural achievements with audiences in the United States and Russia. The program will feature performing arts, literary, film, and visual art events in each country with a concentration on regional Russian locations.

Irina Prokhorova, co-founder of the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund, said “It is very important for us to showcase the vibrant contemporary arts of Russia today, particularly coming from Russia’s regions, and to experience the best of modern American culture. Our Fund is focused not only on financing arts, but in being an incubator for creative people and projects, and a generator of our own artistic events—including festivals, book fairs, and exhibitions. In BAM, we see a kindred soul and an ideal partner for this exciting exchange of cultures and ideas and we are so happy to be launching TransCultural Express with Karen Hopkins and her team.”

Inaugural TransCultural Express programming includes:

  • Cultural exchange in 2013 will include performance and outreach activities in Siberia and in Moscow by Illstyle & Peace Productions, a dynamic hip-hop dance company from Philadelphia, PA. Illstyle & Peace, who are touring Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine this month as part of DanceMotion USAsmBAM and the US Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs partnership which shares American dance culture throughout the world —will include performances and educational outreach from April 19th to 28th in the Siberian cities of Krasnoyarsk (home of the “Isadora” International Dance Festival) and Novosibirsk. On April 21st, Illstyle & Peace will take part in an international festival, “Hip-hop on Stage VII,” at the Moscow Palace of Culture in association with US Embassy cultural partner Vortex International Dance Center.

  • Visual Arts programming in Russia will include a Brooklyn-based artist’s participation in the Krasnoyarsk Bienniel (Siberia) in September, 2013. The artist will be announced this spring.

  • TransCultural Express will feature the participation of award-winning American writer and humorist Ian Frazier—author of Travels in Siberia (2010)—in the Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair (Siberia) from October 31–November 4.

  • A contemporary Russian film series produced with BAMcinématek and presented at BAM Rose Cinemas from May 31 to June 13. Featuring recent work by acclaimed filmmakers Sergei Loznitsa, Alexey Balabanov, Alexander Sokurov, and others, the series includes several US and North American premieres, post-screening director Q&As, and a special week-long run of Andrei Tarkovsky’s legendary Nostalghia (1982) in a new 35mm print. A performance by John Forté will follow a screening of Russian Winter, a documentary by director Petter Ringborn that followed the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer on a nine-week tour of Russia.

  • Literary events for 2013 will feature two special evenings of reading and conversation at BAM with acclaimed Russian sibling journalists/authors Masha Gessen (The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin) and Keith Gessen (contributor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books). Presented as part of BAM’s popular Eat, Drink & Be Literary series, the June 5 event will be conducted in English (moderated by Philip Lopate), with a Russian language event on June 6 (moderated by Masha Pyshkina). Biographies of participating authors follow in this release.

  • Visual Arts programming at BAM will feature a new work by renowned installation artist Irina Korina, scheduled for exhibition in the lobby of BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building in early June. Korina, who often works with disposable, everyday materials commonly found in Russia, has been shown at Bloomberg Space (London), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Museum Folkwang (Essen, Germany); she will represent Russia at the Venice Biennale.

About the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund

The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund is a private charity launched in 2004 by the businessman Mikhail Prokhorov and his sister, Irina Prokhorova. The Foundation’s priority is the support and development of new cultural institutions and initiatives in Russia, with a focus on regional projects as well as the promotion of Russian culture in the global intellectual community.

The Foundation’s activity takes many forms. It is a creative laboratory developing new cultural initiatives, a school nurturing Russia’s next generation of artists and entrepreneurs, and a playground for socio-economic development, all the while combining in its work a few defining characteristics: enlightenment, education, and charity. www.prokhorovfund.ru

About BAM

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM’s) mission is to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. America’s oldest performing arts institution, now in its 151st year, it is recognized internationally for innovative dance, music, and theater programming—including its renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational programs. The institution is led by President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo. www.BAM.org

For press information about TransCultural Express contact:

Sandy Sawotka, BAM publicity director, 718.636.4190, ssawotka@BAM.org

Uliana Kopteva, Mikhail Prokhorov Fund Director of Communications, 8 (985) 999-2263, kopteva@prokhorovfund.ru