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Fondation Neva
Founded in Geneva in 2008 by the Timtchenko Family, Fondation Neva aims at reinforcing ties between Russia and Switzerland. The foundation supports projects promoting excellence in the fields of science & culture, sport & education, and social issues. Stemming from Elena and Gennady Timtchenko’s wish to engage in philanthropic activities, three professional structures were established since 2007, all active in the forementioned fields: the Klyuch Foundation in Saint Petersburg, the Fondation Neva in Geneva, and the Ladoga Foundation in Moscow.

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Some projects that Fondation Neva have undertaken recently are :

1.  Aleknhine Memorial Chess Tournament at the Louvre


This historic event, organised in honour of the Russian Grandmaster Alexandre Alekhine (1892-1946) at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and at the Russian Museum in Saint-Pétersburg in April 2013 with the support of the Timtchenko family, continues to pursue a tradition to organiser elite chess tournaments in museums so as to promote this elite sport as well as the culutral heritage of the two countries.

Alexandre Alekhine is not only the first Russian World Chess Champion and also the only World Champion to have regained his title and to have kept it till the end of his life but also a genius who inspired generations of chess players all over the world.

The organisation of this tournament has two principal objectives : developing the game of chess, most notably amongst the younger generation, and giving a new image to Russia in Europe by combining art and sport.

The first move to start this tournament will be made on the 21st April in the Louvre and Neva Foundation is pleased to give the young elite players in the Geneva region the possibility of enjoying the first round of the Alekhine Memorial and to visit this magnificent museum which receives more than 10 million visitors each year.

Amongst the world leading players at the Louvre, we find the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) and the former World Champion, Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik as well as Grandmasters Levon Aronian, Petr Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Michael Adams, Laurent Fressinet, Nikita Vitiougov and Ding Liren.

2. Fomenko Theatre, 4-12 November, 2011


Thanks to the support by the Neva Foundation, the Theatre de Carouge in Geneva will host, from 4 to 12 November 2011, of the most famous Russian companies, Petr Fomenko and his Fomenkis.

Seven years after their magnificent performance of War and Peace, the Fomenkis return to Switzerland with two major plays if the company's Russian repertoire, famous for the art of "making the theater" and constatly revisiting the classical texts with a free, sensual and consoling approach.

Mixing comedy and drama, Alexandre Osrovsky depicts, in this "Wolves and Lams", the Russian society in the midst of cultural and industrial explosion. With his "Family happiness", a variation on the theme of lost illusions in love, Petr Fomenko signs a vituoso interpretation of Lev Tolstoi's story.

Two places united by a single esthetical vision, bringing together old times and modernity for the sake of the "real theatrical truth", will be presented in Switzerland for the first time.

They will be performed in Russian, with French subtitles.

3. The Orpheus Syndrome at the Vidy Theatre, March 19-30, 2012


This is an outstanding project in which the Neva Foundation has chosen to join forces with the talented young theatre director Vladimir Pankov, a leading light amongst an up-and-coming generation of young Russians who are crossing boundaries in multi-disciplinary artistic approaches.

In his newest creation the young director intertwines the fates of two avant-garde poets, Vladimir Maïakovski and Jean Cocteau, in the Myth of Orpheus, with the intention of bringing contemporary theatre back to its ancient origins. In 1849, Richard Wagner developed the notion of "Gesamstkunstwerk", the total work of art, that inspired many theatre directors over the following century and onwards. The German composer proposed that the theatre's future would lie principally in the juxtaposition of three art forms : dance, music and poetry.

At the dawning of the twenty-first century in Moscow, Vladimir Pankov reinvented Wagnerian ideas through "SounDrama", a show which design is conceived to bring together different forms of art.

What will this new production be like according to Vladimir Pankov ?
"Rather than saying what will happen, I prefer to begin by describing the team of actors that will participate in this creation, because their interpretation is the most important element in this work. There will be Sergey Zelmiansk, the resident choreographer of our Moscovite theatre group, along with our composer, Serguey Rodyukov with Russian musicians, and other performers from Switzerland. Then the singers of the Moscow and Lausanne Opera will appear and finally three young dancers from the renowned Béjart Ballet school. This is a collaborative artwork", delivered by Vladimir Pankov.

4. Anna Karenina ballet by the Mariinkski Theatre, April 17-19, 2012


The Neva Foundation and the Grand Théâtre de Genève present the ballet Anna Karenina.  

The ballet which is inspired by Leo Tolstoy's literary masterpiece and written by Rodion Shchedrin for his wife, the famous Russian ballet dancer Maya Plisetskaya, will be staged over three exceptional evenings in Geneva thanks to the Neva Foundation.

The stars of the Mariinsky Ballet Company accompanied by the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by its artistic director Valery Gergiev on the first night portend prodigious artistic moments.

The Neva Foundation is pleased to share this extraordinary event with the audience in Geneva.

Ballet in two acts after the novel by Leo Tolstoy.

More information about Fondation Neva here
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