12.01.2014 — RUSSIAN ACTRESS CHULPAN KHAMATOVA PLANS BENEFIT PERFORMANCE IN LONDON
Chulpan Khamatova's charity performance, "The Hour When You Leap Into Souls As Into Arms", will be held January 12, 014, at the Criterion Theatre at the heart of London, supporting children in the care of the Podari Zhizn and Gift of Life foundations.
"The Hour When You Step Into Souls As Into Arms" is a new solo performance by People's Artist of Russia Chulpan Khamatova. She will read from the works of Russia's greatest 20th Century female poets, Marina Tsvetaeva and Bella Akhmadulina, with a saxophone (Veronika Kozhuharova) and piano (Polina Kondratkova) accompaniment. The evening of music and poetry will feature the works "Mother and Music", "Lessons of Music" and "A Tale About Rain".
According to Chulpan, "this isn't a play - it's our fierce desire to share the possibility of escaping a hollow, numb reality. Our 'contemporary' trio will be led by the hand by two giants among women, the two great poets Marina Tsvetaeva and Bella Akhmadulina. It is very daring to read these prose and poetry texts on the stage, but the joy they bring will outweigh any fear. We will shut our eyes and, in the end, dive into this beautiful domain – together with you!" The performance had a very successful premiere on February 23, 2013, in St Petersburg, with subsequent tours in Tallinn, Riga and Kiev. This will be the first time it is performed in London. All funds gained from ticket sales will go to the Gift of Life foundation to purchase the expensive foreign medicines needed by children with oncohaematological illnesses in Russian hospitals.