V-A-C Live at Whitechapel Gallery


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Renowned Russian artist Vadim Zakharov (b. 1959, Tajikistan) presents two evenings of exhilarating and subversive performance. A ballerina, a dog, a couple in love, an accordionist and garbage collectors feature among the characters. Taking inspiration from a wide range of cultural sources, from the book Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music by Stephen Fry, Igor Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka (1911) to Marcel Duchamp's Bottle Rack (1914), Zakharov conceives a humorous journey across time and history. A cast of men and women appear throughout the performance and stage key events that marked the period. On a large, rectangular structure which spans the length of Gallery 2, viewers are invited to take a seat at a table which acts as the stage. 'I also wanted to create a cultural explosion linked to a real-life event: the fall of the Tunguska Meteorite which occurred in Siberia 100 years ago. It is the symbol of global irreversible changes in the consciousness of humankind.' The event coincides with the centenary of the Russian Revolution and highlights key moments in Russian culture of the time through theatre, performance and cabaret. Tunguska Event: History Marches on a Table is Whitechapel Gallery's third collaboration with the V-A-C Foundation committed to the international presentation, production and development of Russian contemporary art and cultural practice.

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Whitechapel Art Gallery

80-82 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX
0207522 7888
Public transport:
Exit Aldgate East tube station and the gallery is next door.

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