"FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE"

KEVIN BERLIN: "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE":
SAVE THE DATE: July 4-14, 2003
Opening Reception: July 5, 6-8 pm.
RVS FINE ART, 20 Job’s Lane, Southampton, New York. (631) 283-8546

The American debut of KEVIN BERLIN'S solo show of NEW PAINTINGS OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET, featuring large oil paintings of the dancersof the KIROV BALLET, will be exhibited at RVS FINE ART at 20 Jobs Lane in Southampton, New York from July 4th - 14th. Opening reception on July 5th from 6-8 pm.

PRESS RELEASE

The idea for the new works was inspired a year ago - when one morning Kevin Berlin woke up in his studio in SoHo - and decided to leave New York and paint Ballerinas in Russia.

By fortunate circumstances, he moved to St. Petersburg, Russia on the occasion of the city's 300th anniversary - and began working on new paintings of ballerinas from the Kirov Ballet, young and old, backstage, during rehearsal and performance. Berlin also worked closely with students of the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

Berlin's featured paintings at RVS FINE ART include "The Dying Swan", "Fear of Falling", "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Happy Ending". The exhibition also includes many smaller paintings in gouache on handcut paper.

Mr. Berlin would like to offer special thanks to Maestro Valery Gergiev - Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Mr. Makharbek Vaziev - General Manager of the Kirov Ballet, Mr. Leonid Nadirov - Administrative Director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Ms. Altinai Asylmuratova - Artistic Director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, and the Dancers of the Kirov Ballet without whom none of this would have been possible.

Excerpt from Kevin Berlin's catalog FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE:
You could hear the dancers whispering: "What is he doing here? He's not a dancer, he's not a choreographer..."

Hope, ambition, dreams, struggle, these are the watchwords of what interests Berlin in the Russian ballet; he is very aware of that fear of falling - so many of his dancers tread the boards more as if they are walking the plank; but if you wonder how much of the dream is left when they step out onto the stage of Nijinsky and Pavlova, the answer surely lies, as Berlin wants us to know, in "The Happy Ending".


Jeremy Noble
Author of "Kirov Ballet" and "A Century of Russian Ballet"
St. Petersburg
May 2003