This week, our feature is Наталия Сац (Natalya Sats), a Russian stage director and theater founder. Sats was born on the 27th of August, 1903, to a Jewish family in Irkutsk. Her family moved to Moscow a year later, where her father, a composer, became the music director of the Moscow Art Theater. Sats began as a producer of puppet shows, but was soon invited to stage multiple operas on international stages.
St. Petersburg is often the first building villagers see as they come to Lesnoe Ozero for the first time. The beautiful building houses Маринский Театр (Mariinsky Theater, our main performance space), рестаран (our dining hall), университет (university, one of our many study spaces), and библиотека (library, where villagers can play games and check out Russian books).
Today we celebrated one of the most exciting holidays to celebrate in Russia, новый год (New Year’s)!
Our evening program today was based on dumplings of the Russian-speaking world, and at dinner villagers were served пельмени (pelmeni), вареники (vareniki), хинкали (khinkali), and манты (manty), and learned about the origins and cultural importance of each of these dishes.
Today at Lesnoe Ozero, classes were focused on one of the most important aspects of any language – how to ask for and talk about food!