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Reading Tolstoj to Cabbages + Russian Old New Year Celebration

Anastasia Loginova

14 Jan 2018

How do cabbages like Tolstoj? Come and find out during this performance, amidst Mediamatic's vegetable pyramids. Anastasia Loginova reads Tolstoj and connects to the plants. Come and join this Russian Old New Year celebration amidst cabbage stacks, classic Shchi and Russian tunes.

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Cabbage Boxes waiting to be cleaned and stacked - Anisa Xhomaqi

Stories in the Cabbage Shed

Can classic literature nourish plants the same way it nourishes human minds? Can plant souls be equally moved by the powerful emotions Literature evokes? Anastasia Loginova proposes to find out by reading Lev Tolstoj to a plant audience. In previous performances she read Tolstoj's Anna Karenina to plants in the Leiden Hortus. For this reading session, she is curious to find out if  a connection to cabbages turns out just as nice. Her reading sessions may also be extended to the public and pets.

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Anastasia listening to cabbages -

Russian Old New Year

On the Russian Orthodox Calendar, 14 January is the Russian New Year celebration. This year, Mediamatic invites you to celebrate the Russian festivities amidst the cabbages. Join for some classic Russian Shchi (cabbage soup), Russian music and the soothing sound of Anastasia's mother tongue. 

People's soup and people's writer

Shchi is a Russian style classic cabbage soup. Often, the soup is made from potatoes and cabbages and is celebrated as the perfect people's soupFor Anastasia, Tolstojs writing does the same thing: it connects to the common people of old Russia. 

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Reading Tolstoj to cabbages
Friday 14 January
Performance starts at 14:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Free entrance

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Cabbage Stacks - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Cabbage Stacks - Anisa Xhomaqi

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The barn - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia reading in the barn filled with cabbages - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Cabbage soup - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Heaving some nice cabbage soup - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Cabbage soup - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia between the cabbages - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia reading Tolstoy - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia Loginova - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia gets interviewed - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Reading Russian Tolstoy between the cabbages - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Keep yourself warm with cabbage soup - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia joins for some cabbage soup - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Visitors tasting the cabbage soup - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia enjoys the cabbage soup - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Eating cabbage soup with a nice view - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia Loginova - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Anastasia at the barn - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Reading Russian Tolstoy between the cabbages - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Tolstoy by Anastasia Loginova - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Cabbage - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Tolstoy and cabbage - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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The end of the story - Caitlin Sarah Watson

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Keep your hands warm with delicious cabbage soup - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Anastasia surrounded by cabbage - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Cabbage soup - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Curious visitors - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Cold weather, warm cabbage soup - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Reading Russian Tolstoy between the cabbages - Anisa Xhomaqi