Voices from Exile in Honor of Marina Tsvetaeva

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Benefit concert and reading with Sergei Tchirkov and Ilma Rakusa The Kultur im Freiburger Hof and the Zwetajewa Center for Russian Culture at the University of Freiburg e.V. jointly offer another event in the series The Other Russia. The series, which was launched after Russia's attack on Ukraine, aims, among other things, to engage in dialogue with Russian-speaking cultural figures who oppose the Putin regime.

The event focuses on fates of Russian emigration once and today: after the October Revolution of 2017, Marina Tsvetaeva, one of the most famous Russian poets of the 20th century (1892-1941), also fled abroad. Ilma Rakusa will recall the poet's great despair and read from her letters of 1930-1939. The exceptional musician Sergei Tchirkov, who today also lives in exile, will accompany the event with his accordion. Classical works as well as famous pieces of new music will be played.

All proceeds from entrance fees and donations will directly benefit the University Hospital's Emergency Aid for Ukraine.

Reading (selected and commented by Ilma Rakusa)
Marina Tsvetaeva: Written in Fire. Ein Leben in Briefen (Suhrkamp 1996)
Marina Zwetajewa: Ich sehe alles auf meine Art. Unpublished notebooks. (Suhrkamp 2022, forthcoming in November)

Music (Sergei Tchirkov, accordion)
Orland Gibbons Lord of Salisbury, Pavan and Galliard (~1600)
Sofia Gubaidulina De Profundis (1978)
Eva-Maria Houben Uferzonen II (2014)
Igor Stravinsky Tango (1940)
Francisco Corthey estamos bien, pero tiemblo (2021)

Ilma Rakusa, a born cosmopolitan and European (Kleist Prize), was born in Slovakia and has lived in Zurich since 1951. The writer, literary critic, translator (Chekhov, Tsvetaeva, Duras, Ki , Kertész, Nádas) has received, among others, the Petrarch Translator Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Swiss Book Prize, the Manès Sperber Prize, the Berlin Literature Prize and the Kleist Prize.
Of her numerous works, the most notable are the poetics lectures Farbband und Randfigur (1994), the essay Langsamer! (2005), the autobiographical "memory passages" Mehr Meer (2009), the Berlin journal Aufgerissene Blicke (2013), the stories Einsamkeit mit rollendem r (2014), the
poetry collection Impressum: Slow Light (2016), the volume My Alphabet (2019), and most recently her Musings on Elegance (2021) stand out.
Sergei Tchirkov, born in 1980 in St.Petersburg, studied accordion at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory and won several prizes at international competitions. Tchirkov has collaborated with many composers and has premiered more than 300 works for/with accordion.

Sergey Tchirkov has performed with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the MusicAeterna Ensemble, the Collegium Novum Zurich, the KNM Berlin under Teodor Currentzis, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Mälkki, among others.
As a guest lecturer he gave lectures at universities in Graz, Gothenburg, Oslo, Astana, Zurich and Kuopio. Since 2021 he has been working as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Bergen.
Due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, Tchirkov participates as an artist and curator in the events supporting Ukrainian refugees in Norway.

Further donations are welcome:

Emergency Aid for Ukraine of the University Medical Center Freiburg
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