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Meeting with Garry Bardin at Yasnaya Polyana

bardinJanuary 4, 2015 at 15:00
Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center

On the first Sunday of the New Year, the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center invites residents of Tula to a meeting with the animated cartoon director Garry Bardin. He will present two of his works to the audience: “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Three Melodies.”

Admission by tickets, Ticket price: 300 rubles. Tickets can be purchased at the Yasnaya Poylana Gallery (+7 4872 473580), at the ticket office of the Yasnaya Polyana Estate-Museum (+7 48751 76001), and from the website (commission included in the price). 


“The Ugly Duckling” is Garry Bardin’s first full-length cartoon; it is the author’s interpretation of the eponymous tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It was first shown at the film festival in Locarno on August 11, 2010, and the premiere in Russia took place at the Moscow International House of Music on September 14, 2010. Voices for the characters were provided by Vladimir Spivakov, Yulia Rutberg, Vladimir Kachan, Armen Dzhigrakhanyan, Konstantin Raikin, soloists of the Turetsky Choir, and the director himself. As a soundtrack, a very unusual arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s music by the composer Sergey Anashkin is used: some fragments are done in the style of songs to the words of Yuly Kim, waltzes are transformed into marches, and a scene from the “Swan Lake” ballet is turned into the song “Ugly, Ugly Duckling.” 


The animated film “The Three Melodies” created last year is a story consisting of three separate episodes, and in each of them the events play themselves out to a certain melody. Music in this film is not just a background, but a component of the story. The first story, to the composition "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Saint-Saëns, is a kind of parable about life. The plot of the second part of the film, in which the main characters are young people in love, unfolds to “Élégie” by Jules Massenet. The third episode is based on the famous composition “Let My People Go” performed by Louis Armstrong.

Garry Bardin was born in 1941 in Orenburg. He graduated from the Nemirovich-Danchenko Studio of the Moscow Art Academic Theatre named after Maxim Gorky. He worked as an actor for the Gogol Drama Theatre and appeared in films. In 1974, he co-authored (with V. Livanov) the play “Don Juan” and was invited by Sergey Obraztsov to the Moscow Puppet Theater as a stage director.

In 1975, Garry Bardin began his career as an animated cartoon director at the “Soyuzmultfilm” studio, where over a period of 15 years he created 15 animated films that were awarded numerous prizes both in Russia and abroad. He has four “Nika” prizes, the “Palm d’Or” of the Cannes Film Festival, and a great many other prestigious awards from all over the world. In 1999, the director received the RF State Award.

Garry Bardin has gained recognition and success, using different techniques and materials in his films: matches in “The Conflict,” ropes in “The Marriage,” wires in “Gimmicks,” and origami in “Adagio.” In addition, the director uses traditional dolls and modelling clay. Bardin himself was the scriptwriter for almost all of his films.

In 1991, Garry Bardin and his team organized their own studio, “Stayer,” and the director has been working there since then. 

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