The 12th Chekhov Festival opened with Parisian troupe Des Bouffes Du Nord's production of "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" by Moliere that packed the house four nights in a row. It ended with a farewell performance by famous French ballerina Sylvie Guillem, who announced the end of her dance career in the spring. The French presence at the Chekhov Festival was particularly strong this year. Suffice it to mention one more sold-out performance: "Red Tobacco" by James Thierree, a grandson of Charlie Chaplin and founder, director, choreographer and principal actor of La Compagnie du Hanneton, which combines theater with circus and ballet. On the ballet program were the German company Deutsche Oper am Rhein staging the plotless "7" to the music of Mahler's Seventh Symphony and Ballett Nurnberg with "Cinderella" to the music of Sergei Prokofiev.
The third annual modern art fair took the place of Art-Moscow, which ceased three years ago. However, Art-Moscow focused on high prices and celebrities, while Cosmoscow relies on young artists, and also organizes non-profit programs and a charity auction to benefit Natalia Vodyanova’s Naked Heart philanthropic fund. Thirty-four galleries from Moscow, St. Petersburg and the West participated in the event. The organizers’ intention was good art at affordable prices (from a few thousand to a few hundred thousand dollars for a work).