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234th Season

Evening of one act ballets: Phaedra. The Firebird

Music by Philip Glass
Choreography by Eldar Aliev (revisions)
Choreography by Flemming Flindt (revisions)


Music by Philip Glass
© Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
Choreography by Flemming Flindt

Staged by Jacob Sparso
Set Designer: Pyotr Okunev (conceived by Beni Montresor)
Original Lighting Design: Tony Tucci
Adapted or Recreated by Erin Earle Fleming

Although inspired by the original Greek myth of Phaedra, Flemming Flindt’s interpretation in not a literal translation, but rather a contemporary fable in which Phaedra, ignored by her husband and isolated from her children, turn to Hyppolytus in attempt to find meaning in her life.

Premiere: 18 February 1987, Dallas, Majestic Theatre
Premiere at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre: 12 November 2021, Vladivostok

Running time: 55 minutes

Age category 12+

The Firebird

Music by Igor Stravinsky
Libretto and Choreography Eldar Aliev

Production Choreography: Eldar Aliev
Lighting Designer: Eldar Aliev
Set Designer: Semyon Pastukh
Costume Designer: Galina Solovieva

The Firebird opened the historic triade of Stravinsky’s Russian ballets and brought him fame as a composer. Its libretto combined the themes of various fairy-tales and Ballet Master Eldar Aliev has chosen the same path. In his version the Firebird acquires the features of fantastic heroines of Russian operas and closely mirrors the image of the Princess-Swan from The Tale of the Tsar Saltan by Stravinsky’s teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov. She turns out to be an enchanted girl, helping Ivan Tsarevich defeat the evil magician Kashchei and his foul entourage. After Koschei’s death and the destruction of his kingdom, the wonderful bird turns into a beautiful Princess, who becomes Ivan’s bride. In his choreography Eldar Aliev retained the traditional juxtaposition between the kind terrestrial characters (princesses, Tsarevich’s retinue) and the distorted plastique of the dark forces. And the soloist was faced with the creative dual task of showing the transformation from a magical creature, embodying the fire element, into a Russian lyrical heroine.

Nadezhda Koulygina

World premiere: 25 June 1910, Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilev, Théâtre de l´Opéra, Paris
Premiere in Vladivostok: 20 June 2015

Running time: 1 hour

Age category 6+

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