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Reverse, a musical drama, presented the message of love and goodness. (© Fotostiftung Schweiz / Archiv für Zeitgeschichte)

Delving into the complex web of man’s inner world, the opening act of the 75-minute long performance Reverse by the Moscow Musical Theatre at Kamani auditorium, Delhi, on Sunday, spoke of the external and internal struggles that people go through — of love, hatred, aggression and friendship. With the help of doors, staircases, ladders and a trampoline, and amid screams and cries, the performers with their gravity-defying acrobatic movements and somersaults conveyed the beauty of human emotions. This theatrical musical was brought together by Emmy Award-winning Canadian choreographer Debra Brown and directors Andrey Koltsov and Irina Drozhzhina.

The musical, a mix of drama, physical theatre, plastic theatre and acrobatics signalled the onset of the two-month long ‘Days of Russian Culture in India’, organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Russian ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev says, “‘The Days of Russian Culture’ is another manifestation of the special and privileged Russian-Indian strategic partnership. I am confident that the Festival will make our nations even closer.” The Moscow Musical Theatre will perform in Jaipur on October 31.

At the press conference announcing the arrival of the festival, Kudashev spoke of the age-old tradition of cultural collaborations between both the countries, as he made references to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and Russian author Leo Tolstoy. “The performance Reverse blurs the boundaries between dramatics and circus performances,” Kudashev said.

Named after renowned Russian trumpeter Timofey Dokshitzer, the brass band New Life Brass will stage their popular classical jazz compositions in the Capital, followed by Chennai and Kolkata, from November 10 to 15. Dancers of the Chechen ensemble Vainakh will close the festival.

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