Newsletter 2002

Over the years, Russian Club trips have attracted many students and faculty by providing a first-hand experience of Russian culture. They have served as opportunities for Russian Studies enthusiasts to extend their education outside the classroom setting, and have, at the same time, provided a glimpse of a different culture for the curious among us. This year's trip to Red Giselle adhered to the same principles of providing both entertainment and education, and as usual, appealed to our sense of aesthetics. The ballet, a tribute to Olga Spessivtseva, was performed by the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, a company that has been said to have revolutionized classical dance in Russia by taking the art of ballet to its highest level of expressiveness.

The Russian Club was very excited about this trip not only because of the quality of the event but because of its location as well- New York City. Lincoln City Center is located in the heart of Manhattan and has in its proximity the fabulous Russian Café Uncle Vanya, where the trip participants enjoyed dinner in a traditional, Russian, relaxing atmosphere.

After dinner, those who wished were able to pay tribute to the victims of September 11th at the new light memorial.

Nikolay Pandoursky, '04

Nikolay's interests extend beyond Russian Studies: he is pursuing a self-directed inquiry major in languages and literatures