People Who See The Sea In Us I don’t return to places that are dear to me because of the buildings, rather because of the people and the moments that I had with them.The PushkinMuseum, the monument to Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour... Every edifice you pass bears the name of a personality who waits to meet you. And when you live and start working in Moscow, then you recognise the genes of the greats in your peers, like Anton, Iliya, Ekaterina, Daria, Andrei... I was able to to see the legacy that they carry in their daily routines, but also in the broad artistic scope that they are capable of achieving. They often noted that, in the same way, they see in us the legacy of an heroic but tormented people, as well as the spirit of the Mediterranean. I explained to them in vain that Serbia does not reach the sea, but they negated such a possibility by explaining that they don't refer to geography, but rather to the feeling that we arouse within them. That Which Touches My Soul I was touched many times by the acting of my colleagues on the stages of Moscow's theatres, by museum exhibits, particularly in the Tretyakov Gallery, by concerts, but also by liturgies in Moscow temples, where fiery priestly sermons and the extraordinary cantillating of church choirs raise the atmosphere to the highest spheres of spirituality. Testifying to Moscow's artistic vitality is the fact that the longest queues of visitors are seen in front of some museum, but also the fact that tickets for Bolshoi Theatre performances are sold out months in advance. That's something you must take into account if you plan to attend the theatre. The world's great metropolises often lack soul. That cannot happen here. This isn't only a city that has a soul, but it also reminds you that you also have one. Chekhov's Wonderful Story One theatrical story left a special impression on me. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, one of the greatest storytellers and playwrights of Russian and world literature, was compelled by serious illness to move from Moscow to Yalta in 1898. It was during that same year that his famous plays The Seagull and Uncle Vanya were staged for the first time, at theMoscowArtTheatre. Although he had a strong desire to attend the premiere performances, doctors forbade Chekhov from travelling, which could have had fatal consequences. To clarify, journeying overland from Moscow to Yalta on the Crimean Peninsula still takes over 20 hours today. Realising that their beloved writer would not be able to attend the premieres, the acting ensemble, led by Konstantin Stanislavski, decided to head to the Crimea immediately after the Moscow performances and to perform the plays for Chekhov, which proved an incredible success. It is said that the actors' meeting with the writer was unbelievably emotional. Chekhov succumbed to tuberculosis just a few years Karte za predstave u Boljšoj teatru rasprodate su mesecima unapred Tickets for Bolshoi Theatre performances are sold out months in advance NA PUTU / ON THE ROAD 88 | Moskva » Moscow iStock / Delpixart