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Around the year 1960 the Soviet animation experienced a drastic change in its style. Realistic backgrounds and characters came to appear much less often, having given way to caricature. Animators experiments with various techniques, among them cutout animation (The Story of a Crime (1962)) and glass painting (Song about Falcon (1967)).

The history of Russian animation is extensive and covers a few periods, the largest and most flourishing of which was the Soviet one, mostly represented by the Soyuzmultfilm and Ekran studios.

October 12th is the 90th anniversary of the inventor of gumby animation, Art Clokey. At Russia-InfoCentre, we joined Google, but instead of a doodle, we decided to share a couple of best-loved Russian gumby cartoons. Sit back and enjoy the stop motion clay animation Russian style.

It is a case of east meets west as the Royal Shakespeare Companys production of The Drunks at the Courtyard theatre kicks off its four year celebration of theatre from the eastern bloc, giving us a sneak peek of life beyond the iron curtain.

The Russian ballet missed a few generations of evolution in European choreography and lacked fresh dance ideas. At the same time the masterly performance level of the Russian ballet school was kept up well. After 1991 domestic ballet resorted to assimilating the experience of the Western ballet in the field of dance modern, jazz, and free dance.

XXVIII Moscow international film festival is taking place in the Russian capital between June 23 and July 2.

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