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Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Showcases Russian Talent

24. November 2009 by Michelle 0 Comments

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will not only be a world stage for sports games, but will also showcase some of the globe’s most talented dancers, actors, musicians, and artists in nearly 200 projects known as the Cultural Olympiad. Several projects will feature Russian performers.


The Passion of Russia will be an amazing collaboration of the country’s leading artistic figures. Ballet will be performed by Uliana Lopatkina and company of the Kirov Ballet / Mariinsky Theatre. Born in Ukraine, Uliana moved to Russia to study ballet when she was 10 years old. Many say she is the most gracefully trained ballerina in the country. The dancing will be accompanied by the world’s greatest living violist Yuri Bashmet, along with the Moscow Soloists, a Grammy-winning chamber orchestra which Bashmet founded.


More musical entertainment will be provided by the Moscow State Chamber Choir, one’s of the world’s greatest a cappella choirs. Choral music is an ancient Russian tradition and this group of distinguished soloists was formed 40 years ago by the maestro who leads it today, Vladimir Minin. They plan to present a selection of authentically sung classics, religious pieces, and festive folk songs.


Many more unique and entertaining talents are scheduled to appear. “We’re bringing together literally thousands of some of the best musicians, dancers, actors, and artists from all across the cultural sphere ... to create something of a magnitude that has not been seen here before. It will be new, it will be breathtaking and it will be memorable for everyone who shares in it,” said organizer Robert Kerr.


The cultural extravaganza kicks off January 22, 2010 in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia’s Sea to Sky corridor. Visit the Vancouver 2010 website to see a listing of all the other entertainment planned.