Artistic Director of the TRANS-Siberian ART festival Vadim Repin, prima of the Bolshoi’s Svetlana Zakharova, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

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TOKYO, 6 June. /Offset. TASS Alex Sarachev/. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday held a meeting at his residence with the prima ballerina of the State academic Bolshoi theatre of Russia (the Bolshoi theatre) and Svetlana Zakharova and her husband, renowned violinist, artistic Director of the TRANS-Siberian ART festival Vadim Repin, who are on tour in Japan. About it the correspondent of TASS from the event.

“I sincerely welcome you to Japan. We are pleased that Japan became the first country to host of the festival “Russian seasons”. I’m glad that the Japanese audience had the opportunity to attend your ballet performances, I also had a very good time, as dreamed of,” – said Abe on his impressions from watching the ballet “Giselle” on Sunday .

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Zakharova, in turn, thanked Japanese Prime Minister for organizing a personal meeting at his residence. “Russia and Japan share long-standing cultural ties, and we are very happy to once again speak here,” said prima ballerina of the Bolshoi theatre.

Repin previously made a proposal of a new festival “Boom of the Russian Federation in Japan”, which lasts from seven years. To participate in the event will involve the best creative teams from Russia, including the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres, Symphony orchestras. The project will host a festival of Russian food will be presented programmes on youth work, learning the Russian language national creativity.

On Sunday with the screening of the ballet “Giselle” at the Bolshoi theatre in Tokyo, opened the festival “Russian seasons”. In a ceremony held in the Metropolitan hall “Tokyo Bunka Kaikan”, was attended by the Japanese Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets.

“Russian seasons” in Japan

Festival “Russian seasons” will be the prologue of the cross year of Russia and Japan, which Russian President Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe announced in 2018. The project programme includes over 200 events that will take place throughout the year in 42 cities throughout Japan. It is assumed that the audience of the events held in the framework of “Russian seasons” will be more than 3 million people.

“Russian seasons” will present in Japan for more than 20 eminent Russian institutions of culture, including the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Hermitage Museum, the Maly drama theatre, seaside Mariinsky theatre Symphony orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic, the Moscow Nikulin circus, drama Theatre named after A. S. Pushkin Academy of Russian ballet named A. Y. Vaganova, Bolshoi Symphony orchestra named after P. I. Tchaikovsky, Symphony chapel of Russia, all-Russian state Institute of cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (VGIK), the Museum of musical named after M. I. Glinka, the State Cossack song and dance ensemble “Stavropol”.