Vol 2, No 4 (2021)


The search for a new development strategy of a regional institute of culture in conditions of glocalization

Naumova O.S., Alasheeva S.A.


This article examines current problems of strategizing an institute of culture considering the process of glocalization, as a regional response to global challenges. Conditions of «new regionalism» associated with the growing role of local territories (regions, cities, districts) and increased attention to their socio-cultural identity promote the pursuit of optimal ways to integrate a regional institute of culture and arts into global processes. As a result it becomes necessary to form a new model for a regional institute of culture in particular, the Samara State Institute of Culture and a cultural and philosophical understanding of the issues involved.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):13-23
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The experience of modern cinema interpretation of classics: A.P. Chekhov’s «Three sisters» in Sergei Solovyov’s and Yuri Grymov’s film adaptations

Zhurcheva T.V.


This article is devoted to versions of Chekhov’s play “Three Sisters” in film at the turn of the twenty-first century. Analyzed are interpretations of the play by Sergei Solov’ev (1994) and Iuri Grymov (2017). Both films appeared in crisis periods, at times of rethinking historical experience and re-evaluating beliefs; each responds to the challenges of its time. The aim of this article is to reveal the originality of these films, and to consider them in relation to the text of the Chekhov’s play, to the established tradition of reading it, and, finally, with each other. This analysis allows us to understand how each of the directors sees the world and what historical problems seem to them the most important. The author examines not only the originality of the interpretations by two directors belonging to different generations, but also specific ways of visualizing Chekhov in cinema.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):27-34
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A. P. Antropov – the first russian portrait painter of Catherine II: on the dialogicity of traditions

Skorobogacheva E.A., Kremneva A.V.


The dialogicity of traditions in the work of A. P. Antropov has not previously been given due attention by researchers. For the first time, the article attempts to consider it as a significant component of the portraitist’s artistic language. To demonstrate this hypothesis, the authors examine both major and little-known works about which critics have given conflicting evaluations. The authors conclude that the dialogic nature of traditions in A.P. Antropov’s portrait painting expresses the essence of his work, which was due to the historical and political specifics of the era, Catherine II’s aesthetic preferences, and the artistic priorities of the painter himself.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):35-42
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Theatrical reading: from a theatrical format to the separate dramatic genre of a “text for performance”

Sizova M.I.


This article deals with the phenomenon of theatrical reading (“chitka,” the performative reading of a play out loud before an audience) as a socio-cultural phenomenon. Theatrical reading has had an enormous impact on the whole theatrical process in general and on Russian-speaking drama in particular. This article discusses the connection between theatrical reading and the New Drama, from the emergence of the Liubimovka contemporary play laboratory at Yasnaia Poliana to current acoustic experiments with plays in cyberspace by playwrights. The author examines the historical background of the emergence of this theatrical genre in the German theater of Bertolt Brecht and the domestic adaptation of its use by the ideologists of Russian-language documentary theater. The author describes the long and fruitful collaboration between young authors, directors, and Moscow’s Teatr.doc, headed by its theoreticians – and, in fact, the “parents” of the new drama – Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):43-50
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Joan Miro’s art in the context of abstract surrealism

Stolyarova E.G.


This article examines Joan Miró’s original approach to abstract art. Abstract surrealism was formed in the visual arts and literature of the early twentieth century as an interpretation of the Western avant-garde movement. It was characterized by a special way of painting images of things that do not exist but capturing and transmitting them with the accuracy of a photographer, with a maximum degree of realism. Miró’s artistic and creative approach to abstract surrealism has inspired contemporary art. The study of surrealism in the art of the twentieth century has given impetus to the search for new artistic methods and techniques, both in the fine arts and in decorative and applied works.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):51-55
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The concept of “pride” («гордость») in east slavic and polish linguocultures

Stefanski E.E.


This article considers the concept of «PRIDE» («ГОРДОСТЬ») in four Slavic linguocultures from the standpoint of modern linguocultural studies. The author examines the lexical means of implementing this concept and their value characteristics, as well as the question of the mutual influence of these linguocultures. The so-called “Polish ambition” (“Польский гонор”) noted by the Poles’ eastern neighbors reflects the increased attention in the Polish consciousness to a person’s interest in defending her or his honor and dignity, concepts that are denoted by the word “honor” in the Polish language.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):59-70
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Updating of cultural heritage in the context of contemporary cultural policy

Loginova M.V.


This article examines the problem of cultural heritage from the point of view of modern Russian cultural policy. The actualization of the values of cultural heritage represents a specific decoding of the culture code and its transformation in accordance with modern cultural meanings. The appeal to dialogue as a methodological principle allows us to consider cultural heritage as a necessary condition for the existence of culture in its axiological dimension. The values of cultural heritage have the potential to resist the massification and standardization of culture and its transformation into a means of manipulating public consciousness. The author urges further study of the issue under consideration and argues for the need to actualize the cultural heritage with regard to specific problems of cultural policy that arise in regional cultural life.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):73-79
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”The city as the stage for my feelings”: the specific emotional identity of the inhabitants of a closed city

Shub M.L.


The article is devoted to understanding the specific emotional identity of residents of «closed cities» (on the example of Ozersk, Chelyabinsk Oblast). The emotional level of urban identity implies a person’s irrational, sensual identification with the place of her or his territorial location, relating to their intuitive assessment of the city. Its specificity in the context of a closed city is examined via the following parameters: the autobiographical, manufactured patriotism, internal and external opposition, retro-orientation, sensitivity to a decrease in comfort, solidarity.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):80-86
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”Musical theater” by Mark Levyant

Dyatlov D.A.


The article is devoted to the work of Samara composer Mark Levyant. The musician celebrates his anniversary in 2021. In the composer’s extensive creative background of writing there is a variety of genres including classical music. Brief analytical overview presents composer’s chamber, choral, vocal and symphonic works. They are all considered in the music paradigm of drama theatre. Each of them reflects some interaction with the composer’s theatre music.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):89-101
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Aksakov autumn – 2021 in Samara

Baknina T.V., Bogdanova I.A.


The authors presented an overview of the events of the Aksakov Committee of the Samara region, dedicated to the 230th anniversary of the birth of the classic of Russian literature Sergey Timofeevich Aksakov. Information is provided on the participation of committee members in the work of the First Congress of the Aksakov Community held on May 21 in Moscow and the Interregional Scientific and Practical Conference "Aksakov Readings" in Ulyanovsk. The main episodes of the expedition "The Golden Ring of the Aksakov Volga region" on the route "Samara – Ufa – Samara" are considered. It shows the participation of university teachers and students in the solemn opening of Aksakov Square where a monument to three generations of the Aksakov family was erected (11.09.2021). The article informs about the literary and musical festival "Visiting the Aksakovs", the press conference "The Golden Ring of the Aksakov Volga region", the inter-university round table "The Aksakovs in the cultural life of Samara: a look into the future" and other events. Further tasks of the Aksakov Committee are also defined.

Sphere of culture. 2021;2(4):105-112
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