Animation Seminar is very pleased to host the independent Russian animator, Yuri Norstein this week. Rather than focus entirely on his own work, Mr. Norstein will be giving a broader talk about animation, delving in to its history and craft. He will also describe his own inspirations and muses. This special presentation is open only to Hench-DADA students, faculty and staff.
Our translator will be Ruah Edelstein, a graduate of the CalArts animation program.
About Yuri Norstein:
Yuri Norstein is the highly esteemed Russian animator whose critical acclaim in the international animation community matches that of Walt Disney, John Lasseter, and Hayao Miyazaki. Known as “the Pushkin of animation”, Norstein’s films have won countless awards at prestigious film festivals around the world. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, Norstein’s Tale of Tales was voted the “Greatest Animated Film of All Time” by an international jury.
Norstein’s films, Tale of Tales, Hedgehog in the Fog, and Heron and the Crane, demonstrate an unprecedented approach and expertise of animation, while acting as a window into the intimacies of Soviet Russian culture. Norstein eloquently depicts the human condition through the portrayal of Russian folklore, while transcending cultural and generational boundaries. His films are deeply rooted in Russian literature, history, and folklore, yet his messages are layered and complex, designed to elude the artistic censors of the times. His hand-made, cutout animation technique is also multi-layered. Norstein expertly animates his beautifully rendered characters and backgrounds on multiple planes of glass to create sophisticated and three-dimensional environments.