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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.