CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: June 7, 1999
'Russian Kaleidoscope' to showcase authentic Russian
traditions June 12 at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa The art, music and culture of Russia
will come alive Saturday, June 12 during a multi-media interactive presentation
entitled "Russian Kaleidoscope: Removing the Mask." The event begins at 5
p.m. in the International Center Lounge on the University of Iowa campus and
is free and open to the public. A light buffet will be served.
Sergei Shapoval, artistic director and presenter with
The Cultural Kaleidoscope, a company based in Kansas City, Mo., will lead
the program. Shapoval, dressed in a traditional Russian folk costume, will
begin his multi-faceted presentation by pinpointing Russia on a world map
and noting its relationship with the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.
A full-color slide presentation will offer a kaleidoscopic
look at Moscow. This is followed by a short video, highlighting a traditional
folk dance. The audience then becomes involved by experiencing the Cyrillic
alphabet. A live demonstration of Russian folk instruments--including the
Garmoshka, Balalaika, flutes and Bayan/button accordion--gets the audience
actively participating in folk dancing and playing authentic musical instruments.
There will also be time for questions and answers.
"This is a great opportunity to learn more about Russia
without the time and expense of traveling halfway around the globe," said
Elizabeth Constantine, assistant director of the University of Iowa Center
for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES). CREEES is sponsoring
the event along with UI International Programs.
For more information, call 335-3584 or 335-1442.