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Arcola Theatre Dalston - Strekoza i Muravej - a Russian Fable

  • Aug 29, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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 A new opera by Brian Hosefros and Vadim Yurchenko, on for one night only as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival - making high-quality low-cost opera accessible to Londoners.


Strekoza i Muravej, (Grasshopper and Ant), is a re-imagining of the classic Russian fable, following the lives of the extravagant Strekoza and the dutiful Muravej.

Set in Moscow, our story begins with Strekoza’s (Grasshopper’s) extravagant lifestyle at one of her many parties. As the crowd leaves, we too leave her luxurious life style and cross to the strict scheduled, ever laborious, Muravej, (Ant), who confesses to his close friend, and mutual friend of Strekoza, his love for Strekoza. As the following two scenes unfold, we learn that Strekoza has ever-mounting debt which she is unable to pay which inevitably lands her in squalor: homeless, and with no one to help her. While, Muravej’s rigorous nature affords him a promotion and a new home, the former home of Strekoza. As he finds her ribbon left behind, he goes out to find her dying in the winter streets of Moscow.

PLEASE BUY YOUR TICKET (£12) from the Arcola website before RSVPing to this meetup.

https://www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/grimeborn-strekoza-i-muravej

Our "no show" policy applies to all events organized by the London European Club.


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  • John

    Thanks Serge. Interesting - we'll see what the show produces! By the way, there is a spare ticket going if you would like to join us!

    August 25, 2013

    • Serge

      John, there is a better version of this fable with completly the opposite ending,here is the link, if you can understand russian http://www.twirpx.com...­

      August 25, 2013

    • John

      You'll be pleased to know that they corrected this. The programme notes and the libretto used the term "Dragonfly"!

      August 30, 2013

  • Sergei

    Sorry I couldn't make it, something came up at the last minute. Hope you had a great time!

    August 30, 2013

  • John

    24 hours to go! The weather forecast is nice, so it will be pleasant to hang out after the show for a drink and a discussion for those who can.

    I still have one spare ticket if anyone wants to bring a friend. I can swap my two for your one so you can sit together! Message me if you can use it.

    See you tomorrow!

    August 28, 2013

  • Serge

    not GRASSHOPER but DRAGONFLY, the very essence of the story is that Dragonfly can fly from party to party.
    very strange that the theatre got this basic translation wrong.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Я люблю Россию

    2 · August 18, 2013

  • Colm

    Booked; looks good; not been at this theatre before, looking forward to it.

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • John

      I checked the venue out on Saturday. It's informal and relaxed, and right next to the celebrated Cafe Oto. Plenty of other interesting options nearby for a post-show drink and chat!

      August 12, 2013

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