Evening of one-act ballets: "The cat on the tree", "Clay", "Divertissement of the King"
Cast to be announced
"The cat on the tree"
Music by Nico Muhly, Teitur Lassen Choreography by Anton Pimonov Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin Costume Designer: Arina Boganova
Premiere: 9 April 2017, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
Age category 6+
Music by Darius Milhaud Choreography by Vladimir Varnava Costume Designer: Irina Varnava Lighting Designer: Igor Vints
Premiere: 21 March 2015, Mariinsky Theatre (as a part of the project A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers)
Running time: 20 minutes
It is an amazing play of “biomasses”, from which the creator forms destinies, characters, events and stories. Mr Varnava does not amend the dance movements to fit the plot, but, like the ancient Parcae, draws the plastique thread from it, twisting and winding a tightly-knit story that is engaging visually and emotionally. Kommersant
Age category 6+
"Divertissement of the King"
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau Choreography by Maxim Petrov Costume Designer: Tatiana Noginova Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin Libretto by Bogdan Korolyok
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Le Divertissement du Roi is a neoclassical fantasy on a baroque theme, it is recollections of the happy beginnings of the art of ballet that unfolded in the Louvre and in Versailles. The protagonist of the ballet is a King who loves to appear at the theatre dressed as the Sun. The prototypes number more than just Louis XIV: contrary to popular opinion, the epithet Le Roi Soleil was first attributed to his most august father, Louis XIII. Just as much as his son, he loved to take part in Court masquerade balls, and not always as the star of the day. Much more frequently he appeared as marginalised urban dwellers and port idlers - such as a drunken Dutch captain. Maxim Petrov’s ballet is a catalogue of cherished images of baroque ballet. Although the music used is by Jean-Philippe Rameau – and this is a very late score from the baroque theatre tradition – the divertissement features entrées typical of earlier times. There are peasants on the stage (the indispensable gallants), Play and Pleasure as well as miraculous snails which are also ugly furies. But the protagonist of the evening is Armide the magician. The mistress of enchanted salons that appear and disappear as she waves her hand is, arguably, a key feature of baroque art, tensely feeling the border between dreams and reality, trying to separate illusions from the truth. In brief, no-one can ultimately guarantee that the entire so-called “king’s divertissement” is not an illusion – a jester’s trick with fairground comedians. Bogdan Korolyok
Premiere: 14 June 2015, Mariinsky Theatre, St Peterburg