Ten Artists That Shook The World

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011 Choices20171106

Writer Martin Sixsmith considers how the Russian Revolution affected choices for artists.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Journalist and writer Martin Sixsmith opens the series with a consideration of the choices, good and bad, open to artists during and after the Revolution.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

022 John Reed, Eye-witness20171107

Historian Helen Rappaport reappraises American eyewitness to the Revolution, John Reed.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
100 years to the day since American journalist John Reed witnessed first-hand the momentous events in revolutionary Petrograd, writer and historian Helen Rappaport reappraises his classic account, Ten Days That Shook the World.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

033 Nijinsky20171108

Former ballerina Deborah Bull on Nijinsky and the impact of his ballet The Rite of Spring.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Former ballerina Deborah Bull looks at the impact of Nijinsky's revolutionary ballet, The Rite of Spring, which in dance terms, pre-empted the events of October 1917 by several years.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

044 Meyerhold20171109

Richard Eyre appraises the Revolution's impact on theatre director Meyerhold.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Director and writer Richard Eyre appraises the impact of the Russian Revolution on the life and career of theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold. Initially, an enthusiast for the Bolshevik cause, he later fell foul of the system.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

055 Tatlin20171110

Art historian Christina Lodder describes the influence of sculptor Vladimir Tatlin.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Academic and art historian Christina Lodder describes the work and influence of visionary sculptor Vladimir Tatlin, whose major revolutionary design would never be realised.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

066 Mosolov20171113

Musicologist Tamsin Alexander considers the industrially inspired music of Mosolov.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Musicologist Tamsin Alexander considers the music of Alexander Mosolov, which was inspired by the industrial sounds of the newly forged Soviet Union, and who was the only composer to be sent to the Gulag.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

077 Akhmatova And Tsvetaeva20171114

Writer Elaine Feinstein compares the impact of the Revolution on two great Russian poets.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Poet and biographer Elaine Feinstein compares the impact of the Revolution on the contrasting lives of the two great poets, Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

088 The State Porcelain Factory20171115

Ceramicist Claire Curneen tells the strange story of the State Porcelain Factory.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Ceramicist Claire Curneen tells the strange story of the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Petrograd that was renamed the State Porcelain Factory in 1917. She examines two dinner plates, now held at the National Museum of Wales, that were originally designed for aristocrats but then repurposed after the Revolution.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

099 Moisei Ginzburg20171116

Political historian Tariq Ali recalls a tour of Constructivist Moscow in the 1980s.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Political commentator and historian Tariq Ali recalls a tour of Constructivist Moscow in the 1980s that introduced him to the work of revolutionary architect Moisei Ginzburg.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.

1010 Eisenstein20171117

Silent movie accompanist Neil Brand reappraises Eisenstein's influential film October.

Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.
Writer, composer and silent movie accompanist Neil Brand weighs up propaganda versus artistic invention in the re-enactment of the Revolution at the heart of Eisenstein's classic film October.

Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales.