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February 19 guests of honor ceremonial meeting of the Academic Council in honor of the anniversary of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic Universitywho came from all over the world, took part in the immersive performance presented in the White Hall – the musical and theatrical production “Roots Are Strong”. The uniqueness of this performance, synthetic in genres of art, was that it was prepared by participants in the creative associations of the Student Club and student teams.

The legendary chronicle of the university was told by young actors, musicians and readers: the Polyhymnia youth choir, soloists of the pop vocal studio Polivoks, the SPbPU chamber choir, a group of soloists from the pop symphony orchestra, the SPbPU Student Theater (its artistic director – one of the directors of the play Viktor Borisenko) and flag bearers of 24 student detachments of the Polytechnic. All of them, embodying the ideas of the creators of the play, were deeply immersed in the time they were talking about and in the fate of their heroes. It often seemed to the audience that the first students of the Polytechnic Institute were actually addressing them with proclamations and songs, that disliked and half-educated students of the war years were leaving the stage for the war, and “Hallelujah to a Dream” was being sung by those who would glorify the Polytechnic in the future.

Presenting all types of performing arts, the students not only realized a century later the dream of the first director of the Polytechnic Institute, Prince Andrei Grigorievich Gagarin, about a comprehensively developed engineer with good humanitarian training, but also revealed the most important milestones in the annals of their native university. And most importantly, they showed that for more than a century of history, the Polytechnic University has always been a pillar of Russia. That with their developments the polytechnics helped the country at the most turning points of the 20th century, creating the world’s first gas mask, which saved the lives of thousands of soldiers on the fronts of the First World War, the legendary T-34 tank, which became a symbol of Victory and heroism of our people in the Great Patriotic War, the Road of Life on Ladoga, which saved Leningraders from starvation, and, of course, the atomic shield that protected the Soviet Union and the whole world from the fate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And that today, in the 21st century, polytechnics are building smart cities, exploring space and the Arctic, and solving important national problems to ensure the economic, political and technological sovereignty of the country.

“When I was working on the script, the most difficult thing was to tell the immense story of the Polytechnic in just an hour. After all, it is woven from the unique destinies of polytechnicians, who sometimes died tragically, but did not betray their cause, profession, or country. After all, many, like Mikhail Koshkin, will not be destined to see the triumph of their brainchild,” says the author of the script and director of the play, director of the Higher School of Media Communications and Public Relations of the State University and the Cultural and Educational Complex of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Marina Arkannikova. “It was fundamentally important for us that the history of the Polytechnic be lived out on stage by today’s students. Especially now, when the country is resisting mental wars aimed at destroying historical memory, in which our youth are aggressively involved. And it’s not the number of rehearsals at which we polished our performing skills, but the way the students were imbued with the history of the university, the country, national memory, and learned to express feelings of solidarity with the polytechnic fraternity.”

Polytechnic University appeared before the audience as a university with strong roots and dreams for the future, a pure white swan, looking towards the future era of new achievements. And if the image of a flying swan became a symbol of the production (ISI students helped develop the animated screensaver for the play), then the name of the action “Strong with Roots” is far from a metaphor. On the family coat of arms of the descendant of the noble Rurik family, Andrei Grigorievich Gagarin, it was inscribed: “Strong with his roots.”

Today this motto rightfully corresponds to the Peter the Great Polytechnic, created by Andrei Grigorievich and his associates. Thanks to their work and the contribution of all subsequent generations of polytechnics, we have inherited the Polytechnic as we know it – a powerful pillar of engineering education in Russia, with strong roots and an unshakable faith in the future! — Boris Kondin, head of the Directorate of Cultural Programs and Youth Creativity of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, is confident.

Together with professional artists – presenter Alexey Emelyanov, organist Irina Rozanova, singer Ekaterina Savenkova, reader Vladimir Sadkov, as well as SPbPU graduates Ekaterina Egorova and Vladislav Mikhailov, our students from creative associations – future engineers, metallurgists, electricians, technologists – showed Bely on stage the hall presented a truly epic and, at the same time, heartwarming history of the Polytechnic. This is evidenced by the tears in the eyes of the listeners and the audience standing up during the song “Cranes”.

Music, theatrical performance, poetry – all the power of art was used on this day for the glory of the Polytechnic University! As we know, spectacular works of art exist only at the moment of their performance and disappear forever with the end of the performance. But not February 19! On this day, our students were not only the creators of an artistic presentation of the history of the university, Russia, and the world, but also participants in the modern history of their native university. Their names are inscribed in the anniversary chronicle of the Polytechnic University.

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