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234th Season

Mariinsky II (New Theatre)

31 March
2021 | Wednesday
Evening of Contemporary Choreography: Symphony in Three Movements. Russian dead ends–II. At the wrong time
Artists Credits
Music by Nastasya Khrushcheva
Music by Nastasia Khrushcheva
Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Choreography by Aleksander Sergeev (revisions)

Symphony in Three Movements

Music by Igor Stravinsky
Choreography by Radu Poklitaru
Set and Costume Designer: Anna Matison
Lighting Designer: Alexander Sivaev
Video Graphics Designer: Alexander Kravchenko
Assistant Choreographer: Sergei Kon

Using a symphony in ballet is a 20th century innovation. The impulse for the worldwide dissemination of the genre of the dance symphony came with a production by Fyodor Lopukhov in Petrograd in 1923 with a ballet set to the music of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. George Balanchine, who took part in that avant-garde production, took up the idea of the plastique interpretation of the complex musical format, developing his artistic credo as a choreographer thus: “You see the music and you hear the dance.” Inspired by the nature of pure dance he rejected any plot and superfluous psychology, behind his movements there were no human passions, there was just the music, its rhythm and structure defining the development of the choreographic image. Following the same lines, in 1972 Balanchine created his first dance version of the score of Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements. And yet there was another path in the emergence of symphonic dance. In the 1930s the choreographer Léonide Massine brought to life a whole series of symphonic ballets in which, avoiding fairy-tale narrative in a sequence of allegories and metaphors he narrated dance stories. The path chosen by Radu Poklitaru for his production of Symphony in Three Movements at the Mariinsky Theatre is close to Massine’s. In his production one can see a plot with a beginning, peripeteia and dénouement. The images conceived by the choreographer blend together with Stravinsky’s idea: the composer admitted that the third movement of his Symphony was a response to documental chronologies of the war years with lines of marching soldiers, and later with Poklitaru, it would seem, the troops come on-stage in the finale, without succumbing to the aggression of the first two movements...

Olga Makarova

Premiere: 30 December 2015, Mariinsky Theatre

Age category 12+

Russian dead ends–II

Music by Nastasya Khrushcheva
Choreography by Maxim Petrov
Costume Designer: Elena Trubetskova
Lighting Designer: Anton Nikolaev
Texts written by Nastasya Khrushcheva and Maxim Petrov

Premiere: 17 March 2020, Mariinsky Theatre
(as a part of the project A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers)

Running time: 30 minutes

Age category 6+

At the wrong time

Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Choreography by Alexander Sergeev
Costumes Designer: Daria Pavlenko
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin
Lighting Adaptation for the Concert Hall by Anton Nikolaev

Premiere: 26 March 2019, Mariinsky Theatre
(as a part of the project A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers)

Running time: 15 minutes

Age category 6+

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