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A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Nutcracker, One of the Favourite Ballets of All Time

    On Sunday, December 18, 1892, exactly 125 years ago, the ballet Nutcracker by Piotr Tchaikovsky was given its premiere at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg. The original production, performed that night on a double-bill with Tchaiskovsky's opera Iolanta did not enjoy an initial success....
  • To Act or Not to Act: How Coleridge Changed the Way We See Hamlet

    The year of our Lord 1813 is recorded as one of the most tempestuous years in the history of mankind.  After a Russian campaign that ended in utter failure, the Napoleonic wars moved to the German lands.  Having triumphed over the Austrians near Dresden, the French Imperial army faced the...
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Do We Live in a Dystopia?
The literary genre "utopia" acquired its name from the novel by the same title, published by Thomas Moore in 1516. Various authors have tried to imagine a perfect society and describe it in the form of a project, tale, or novel. Plato's Republic is probably the first known utopia, describing th...
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