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Prokofiev's life was split into three conflicting worlds: in Imperial Russia (1891-1918); in the West (1918-1936) and Soviet Russia (1936-1953). As a result primary sources, expertise and the perception of his significance have long been divided between Russia and the West. To this day, there has been no international conference dedicated to discussing specific aspects of his life and output and to re-assessing his significance as a composer in the 20th century. This is the major aim of this conference which will focus on the composer's life and work among two contrasted and conflicting environments - Russian émigré circles in Paris and Soviet Russia. Through contributions from eminent specialists (from Western Europe, Russia and the USA) in the fields of music, dance, theatre, film and literature, the conference will explore and discuss Prokofiev's contribution to, and significance for, 20th-century art and culture.
     This conference forms an integral part of "Manchester Prokofiev 2003 Festival" (31 Jan-10 Feb) of which the Symposium Weekend (7-10 Feb) is the core and highlight. The aim of the whole Festival is to offer a series of events that are both professional and well informed, uniting the rigour of academic debate and the inspiring professionalism of first-class orchestras and artists. Participating orchestras are the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra and Singers, the Hallé and the Manchester Camerata.