To commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution, join a group of UCL SSEES graduates who are presenting a short evening of literature, a night of cabaret in the spirit of the famous Stray Dog Cabaret.
We’ll be entertained with poetry, music and drama, including the works of Vladimir Mayakovsky, Aleksander Blok, Osip Mandelstam and Anna Akhmatova.
This promises to be a moving and provocative evening set in the atmosphere of the Stray Dog Cabaret where many of these artists first performed.
In the years before the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Stray Dog cabaret in St. Petersburg was the haunt of poets, artists, and musicians, a place to meet, drink, read, brawl, celebrate, and stage performances of all kinds. It has since become a symbol of the extraordinary literary ferment of that time. It was then that Alexander Blok composed his apocalyptic sequence Twelve; that the futurists Velimir Khlebnikov and Vladimir Mayakovsky exploded language into bold new forms; that the lapidary lyrics of Osip Mandelstam and plangent love poems of Anna Akhmatova saw the light; that the electrifying Marina Tsvetaeva stunned and dazzled everyone. Boris Pasternak was also of this company, putting together his great youthful hymn to nature, My Sister, Life. It was a transforming moment-not just for Russian but for world poetry-and a short- lived one. Within little more than a decade, revolution and terror were to disperse, silence, and destroy almost all the poets of the Stray Dog cabaret.