A Russian New Year launch at Kino-Teatr

Exhibition at Baker Mamanova Gallery in Norman Road, St Leonards
Exhibition at Baker Mamanova Gallery in Norman Road, St Leonards

The Kino-Teatr opened its doors last year to reveal a stunning and lovingly restored 1913 cinema alongside the gallery in Norman Road and quickly establish itself as a cherished local venue.

Since it opened in July, Kino-Teatr has become new creative presence, having co-produced a play with a New York theatre, hosted live music, dance and film events, and opened an exciting restaurant called Kitchen headed by Nicholas Leonard and Kyle Novicki.

While about to hold a number of events to celebrate the Old Russian New Year on January 13, owner Olga Mamanova is pleased with reaction from visitors and said: “The response to our efforts was overwhelming. The best reward is to see people enjoying and sharing what we do – whether it is a meal with friends, watching a movie or appreciating our exhibitions of paintings and photography.

The Winter Wonderland Concert and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf were a perfect, emotional high note of our first Christmas celebrations. I’ve lived in St Leonards for twenty years, and had a faith in its creative life and talented people, before starting such demanding project a year ago.”

She added: “I love the fact that we often get people who had visited the then Curzon as children, and are now back...This place is an incredible story, with a happy ending.”

Kino-Teatr, being part of Baker Mamonova Gallery, will hold A Day of Life Drawing today (January 8), tutored by two established artists Charlotte Snook and Russell Baker, to give a theoretical and practical guidance into the world on life drawing/painting.

Coming up is The Windows of Tass exhibition which will present not only original posters from the 1940-1950s, for example, by the famous trio Kukryniksy, but also work by contemporary British artists inspired by the stunning graphics and designs - Russell Baker, Mark Godwin, Ed Williams, Jonathan Parkin, Danny Mooney. The Windows of Tass posters exhibition opens on Wednesday January 13 at 6pm.

Bolshoi Babylon is a rare cinematic experience behind the scenes of Russia’s most famous and controversial ballet theatre showing on Wednesday January 13 at 3pm, Thursday at 1pm and 7.30pm, and Saturday January 16 at 6pm.

Then on Friday January 15 comes ‘The Russian Voice: A Musical Journey’ (Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Mussorgsky, and the music by European composers who had impact on the Russian musical identity) at 7.30pm. It will feature soprano Sophie Pullen, tenor Gary Marriott, pianist Francis Rayner and oboist Susan Hutton.