At the start of May, there’ll be an 11-minute long light show, The Letters of Victory, which will be projected on the façade of the Manezh Exhibition Hall. The audience will be able to witness real events which took place during the war. The story is based on letters written by soldiers and their families between 21 June 1941 and 15 May 1945.
Every one of these letters is a short story with a hero, their outlook on the war and life, their dreams and hopes, faith and their pain. Through these letters, the authors of the project will try and convey the emotional history of the war. People will see the Siege of Leningrad and the Battle of Moscow and will take part in the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, the liberation of Europe, and the battle for Berlin.
The personages – soldiers and a young woman waiting for her loved one to come back from the war – will read their letters offscreen. The show will climax in the victorious advance of Soviet forces and the soldiers’ long-awaited return home.
The show will not be just a series of pictures illustrating the Victory, but will also feature vivid characters and events in chronological order. The show will use video mapping technology that allows architecture to be used as a film screen. For example, the frontispiece of the Manezh will turn into a calendar with pages that can be torn off, its façade will burn and its columns will collapse.
The show will take place every day from 1 to 9 May at 9 pm and will last for 2 hours.
Such light shows on the Manezh building will take place several times this year. They will be devoted to Moscow as a sport-loving and literary city, the capital’s 870th anniversary, and the Year of the Environment.