234th Season

Mariinsky II (New Theatre)

17 February
13:00
2019 | Sunday
Evening of one-act ballets: "The cat on the tree", "Clay", "Divertissement of the King"
Ballet
Artists Credits
Ballet company
Cast to be announced


"The cat on the tree"

Credits

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+

 

 

"Clay"

Credits

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"

Credits

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

Running time 30 minutes

Age category 6+

 


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