russian ballet

Russia’s Cultural Stunner: St. Petersburg

I miss the Soviet hammer and sickle. When I first visited Russia – then called the Soviet Union – the symbol was everywhere, along with those treacly-romantic billboards of Vladimir Lenin reading to children: the patriarch who would solve everything. As a symbol of proletariat solidarity, the hammer and sickle was terrific branding (peasantry and working-class …

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A 24 Shade Parade

Contemporary dance with live music in Torrance, a folkloric 15 in Hollywood, a trio of new works downtown, a modern collaboration in Santa Ana, a Russian classical ballet downtown, and more SoCal dance this week. 5.  A Southwestern quinceañera Dance, music and other cultural traditions of the American Southwest are brought to the stage by Grandeza …

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