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“Entertaining Evening”

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Folklore Show 'Feel Yourself Russian' with Russian Buffet Dinner
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The folk show "FEEL YOURSELF RUSSIAN!" at the Nikolaevsky Palace Enjoy this unique opportunity of getting acquainted with the history and cultural traditions of Russia! Classical quartet is playing lovely melodies of the XVIII th century, two stunning ladies in crinolines and a handsome gentleman in a wig (ballet trio “Reverence”) are welcoming guests at the Gala stairs of the Palace. How nice to be a guest of the Grand Duke! The folk show itself is represented with 3 professional folk groups: “Peters Quartet” vocal quartet. Classical performance of folk songs, lyrical romances and Russian Orthodox hymns. "Maidan" is a Cossack song-and-dance group formed in 1992 by the honored artist V. Drachev. The name of the group gets its origin from the place, where all Cossacks used to assemble in older times and where decisions were made "by the whole world". The group skillfully reproduces on stage Cossack songs and dances in their original form. The «Stars of St.Petersburg» is a dance group. The dancers are graduated from leading schools of choreography in Russia. Its repertoire covers lyrical dances of the Russian North, fiering dances of the Cossacks from the Don and Voronezh, dancing miniatures of the Urals and Siberia with their subtle humor. Spectators of all ages and tastes will be able to appreciate not only the ability of the performers to bring Russian national color to the stage, but also their highest skills, complexity of acrobatic feats and breath-taking leaps. The show consists of two parts (45 minutes each) and lasts for 1 hour 50 minutes including the break, when guests are offered some fruit, canapes with red caviar, ham, Russian style Salami, cheese, vodka, champagne, red wine, mineral water, juice, beverages. Classical quartet is playing and beauties in crinolines are dancing for dear guests. There is also a good opportunity to buy local souvenirs as well as folk show version on video, CD, DVD.
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I've been traveling consistently to Russia since 1991 and have seen a number of entertainment venues from ballet to circus, opera to concerts. FYR captures a number of traditional talents in an entertaining evening. I especially enjoyed the opening with the male acapella quartet. Although some of the dancers started out ok, they finished with a flourish. I might add that I took two Russians with me, and they thoroughly enjoyed this program obviously targeted for tourists.

The food at intermission is a light forchette, small finger foods that you eat standing around. Not filling, but a nice touch.

The only criticism is the emcee who introduces the program. I understand wanting to have a beautiful Russian young woman to introduce the evening, but why not have one that actually speaks English - and hasn't just memorized a few lines? There are tens of thousands of capable speakers in St Pete...

3  Thank SpringStein
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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

1 1/2 hrs of good music, dance, singing and performing. Hard place to find but worth the effort. Take some roubles or euros for some good local souvenirs on display.

1  Thank Daniel A
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

As others have pointed out, this is definitely geared towards tourists, especially foreign tourists. But I fall squarely within that category, so without further ado…

Just looking at the palace's exterior, you know that you're in for a visual treat. The interior doesn't disappoint; walking in, you're greeted by beautiful (classical?) architecture and the sound of a skilled string quartet wafting through the air. Walk up the red carpet, and you find…

…merchants hawking their wares. Yes, like many “touristy” attractions worldwide, you don't have to go far to purchase your trinkets and knickknacks. I don't know how the quality compares to shops elsewhere, but if you are short on time and need to get some last-minute kitsch, here's your chance.

The performance was fantastic. First was Peter's Quartet, who sang some interesting music in a few different styles. (I'm not sure exactly what they sang, because we didn't get an exact program or really any information on it, but it was great nonetheless!) The dance troupe came next. They were obvious professionals, and very talented, accompanied by a set of instrumentalists (accordion, trumpet, lute?, etc). Highly entertaining!

During the 20-minute interval, (Russian?) champagne and hors d’œuvre are served. The bubbly was drinkable, but not my favourite; the hors d’œuvre, including one with salmon caviar (roe), were tasty, but the bread was a bit dry. Although the event seemed quite full, there was plenty of food and drink to go around. (There's also other wine if sparkling's not your thing, and soft drinks if wine's not your thing.) The best part of the interval is that the string quartet starts playing again; it's very relaxing to walk around the palace, a glass of champagne in one hand, listening to the beautiful music.

Do arrive ~30 minutes before the performance starts to get a good seat. As others mentioned, there are columns that could block an optimal view if you're late. Nobody took my seat, but I can imagine it happening, so leave something on the back and/or don't dawdle at the interval. ("Common sense", I know, but "common sense" is unsurprisingly uncommon.)

Overall, I'd say this is a worthwhile pre-dinner show. I'm glad my tour guide talked me into going!

2  Thank efission
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Unfortunately due to lack of visitors the show was cancelled the day before our booking. An alternative was offered but outside the dates of our visit. Very disappointed as we had communciated with the company and they had reserved our tickets.

5  Thank Diamond2904
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

I took a group of over 100 delegates to the show followed by dinner in a private room at Nikolaevsky Palace. The show was good and entertaining. I thought that an hour and a half might be too long but in fact it left me wanting more. The champagne served during the one break was reasonable but the open sandwiches could have been better. Especially they tasted like they had by laying there for some time - the bread was not fresh. I would have liked the stage to be a bit bigger to accommodate more dancers but it was still enjoyable, Two major issues: there are columns in the auditorium which impaired the view for some people and made some seats difficult to access; there is a long flight of stairs with no lifts making it a bit daunting for people with restricted mobility. The toilets are downstairs again making it very inconvenient. The dinner was reasonable but nothing special. Still, an overall pleasant evening.

5  Thank LondonTraveller52
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