The Slavic “Spektakl’!” was born more than 15 years ago as a way to celebrate both the students’ success and the end of the academic year! Spektakl’ 17 on April 12, 2017 has brought together students of Russian, Czech, Polish, and Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian languages and a diverse audience from the UNC campus and the community! The performances ranged in genre from songs to films! Russian 101 students performed a robust song “Such man as Putin!”, read poetry by Alexander Pushkin and Marina Tsvetaeva, and performed a skit based on Daniil Kharms’s poem “A Liar”. Russian 204 students sang a song “The Last Tramway” by Bulat Okudzhava, one of the most fascinating songs written in the “bard” genre. Czech 402 students acted out a folktale “The Circle of Life,” both funny and serious, in a typically Czech manner. BSC 402 staged a skit on a Serbian song “Mehmed’s Dream,” in which Mehmed has a nightmare about his mother tying his hand, blindfolding him, and ripping off his heart! (Not fun at all!) The Spektakl’ concluded on a high note with the Advanced Russian students staging a scene from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” and screening an exceptional film-rap song Dostoevsky-based literary production “The Fresh Prince of ‘To Dare’”! (Dostoevsky would have loved it!)
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