Film Screening of RUSSIAN ARK

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Off Square Theatre presents a film screening of RUSSIAN ARK in collaboration with the Russian Club of Jackson Hole which includes an introductory talk and post-show discussion lead by professor Reade Dornan. Tickets include refreshments from the Russian Club of Jackson Hole.

Location: Off Square Theatre's Black Box
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
265 S. Cache
Jackson, Wyoming

Contact: Nanci Turner Steveson

Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russian Ark. It's the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape). Russian Ark is shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator, as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history. The audience sees through his eyes as he witnesses Peter the Great (Maksim Sergeyev) abusing one of his generals; Catherine the Great (Maria Kuznetsova) desperately searching for a bathroom; and, in the grand finale, the sumptuous Great Royal Ball of 1913. The narrator is eventually joined by a sarcastic and eccentric 19th century French Marquis (Sergey Dreiden), who travels with him throughout the huge grounds, encountering various historical figures and viewing the legendary artworks on display. While the narrator only interacts with the Marquis (he seems to be invisible to all the other inhabitants), the Marquis occasionally interacts with visitors and former residents of the museum. The film was obviously shot in one day, but the cast and crew rehearsed for months to time their movements precisely with the flow of the camera while capturing the complex narrative, with elaborate costumes from different periods, and several trips out to the exterior of the museum. Tilman Büttner, the director of photography, was responsible for capturing it all in one single Steadicam shot. Dr. Reade W. Dornan earned her Master’s and Doctor’s degrees from Michigan State University, where she subsequently taught off and on over 35 years’ time. During her career, she also taught school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and won a 2001 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholarship and a 2005 Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). Shortly after she retired from the English Department at Michigan State University as a Visiting Associate Professor in Teacher Education, she turned her energies to her love of travel and teaching overseas. She spent 2010-2011 teaching at Can Tho University in the Mekong Delta (Vietnam) and the past two summers offering workshops at universities in Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’An, Ningbo, and Wuhan, China. She has two books on Arnold Wesker, one of the playwrights known as the “Angry Young Men of the ’60s” in Britain and numerous articles on theatre. She has also co-authored two texts on secondary education–Multiple Voices, Multiple Texts: Reading in the Secondary Content Areas and Within and Beyond the Writing Process. Doors open at 5:30pm, program starts at 6:pm. Introduction by professor Reade Dornan who will also host a post-show discussion. Refreshments offered by The Russian Club of JH.

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