The international cultural project 'Russian seasons' presents a new week's programme for the Stay home initiative. Online streaming will be available on May 11, 13 and 15 at https://russianseasons.org/ru/. All concerts begin at 8pm.
On 11 May, Monday, the viewers will be able to see the anniversary gala-concert of the Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre 'Gzhel', to mark the 30th birthday of the dance company. The original performance took place in December 2018 and brought artists, friends and fans of the dance theatre to the State Kremlin Palace.
The anniversary show presented old traditions in a new light and combined dancing, signing, complex set designs, live orchestra and new AV technologies on the stage. The concert also featured Turetsky Soprano Art Group, Vladimirskiye Rozhechniki (Vladimir horn-players), the 'Moskva' Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments from the Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music and other invited artists. Alexey Frandetti, a two times laureat of the Golden Mask theatre award, directed the performance.
The Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre 'Gzhel' is a signature artistic company of the Russian capital. The dance company was founded by a famous choreographer, a people's artist of Russia, professor Vladimir Zakharov in 1988 to mark the 650 anniversary of Gzhel, a legendary Russian craft. Through dance, the theatre enhances and celebrates the works of great masters of folk arts. The theatre is unique, in a sense that it strives to preserve choreographic heritage and integrate it into the modern world, it experiments with new forms and creates dancing plays.
The main ballet master of the Gzhel dance theatre is an honored artist of Russia, a laureat of the State Award of Russia, Valentina Slykhanova. Theatre director - an honored artist of Russia, Marina Kuklina.
On 13 May, Wednesday, the 'Russian seasons' will webcast a concert of classical music by the State Academic Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev. The original performance was held in Klosterkirche Herz Jesu cloister in the German city of Eresing on September 27, 2019 at AMMERSEErenade festival, under the auspices of the 'Artist in Residence: Liberation Concerts' charity project and the 'Russian seasons' in Germany.
The programme features Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Piano Concerto No. 9 (Es-dur) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Soloist - a Soviet and Austrian pianist, a laureat of prestigious international awards, Elisabeth Leonskaja.
The artists of the Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra approached their Eresing performance as a chance to continue their series of social 'liberation concerts'. 'When I was young, I survived the siege of Leningrad and I know how hard it is to carry on, to do good, leaving behind the memories of outrageously cruel times. I think the best way to express our feelings and experiences of such a difficult historical period is to play music' , said the people's artist of USSR, the laureat of the USSR State Prize, the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR, member of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland, artistic director and main conductor of the orchestra since 1974 - Vladimir Fedoseyev.
On Friday, May 15, on https://russianseasons.org/ru/ the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (NOVAT) will present its Coppélia by Léo Delibes.
Coppélia was the last prominent French romatic ballet of the XIX century to be shown to the Paris Opera audience in may 1870 in presence of the emperor Napoleon III. The ballet premiered in Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre in September 2018.
Coppélia is one of the few classical comedy ballets. Not burdened with excessive drama, it brings together various pantomime scenes, diverse dances and remains relevant for all ages.
A magic story, drawing from Hoffmann's 'Der Sandmann' novel as a basis for the plot, it tells about a young man, who fell in love with a mechanical doll. The new Coppélia is featured with multimedia scenery, video projection and exuberant costumes thanks to which the fairy tale turns into reality on the stage of NOVAT, while the gloomy Hoffmann's novel becomes a bright and heartwarming comedy about young lovers.
The production is a fine specimen of Russian ballet classics: model choreography, outstanding line-up of blaring costumes, impressive set design and combination of old and new theatre technologies.
'Nowadays the world is thirsty for classical ballets containing intricate finger technique of the female part and masterful male dance, which is exactly the case of this cheerful, merry ballet. 'Coppélia' is not only the perfect example of pure classical choreography, but also a family performance. This kind of ballet performances sound relevant and up to date; they need to be on much for the audience's delight', - says the author of the production, ballet master and director Mikhail Messerer.
Lead parts in the production are performed by the soloists of the NOVAT: Evgeny Graschenko (Coppélius), Anna Zharova (Swanhilda), Evgeny Basalyuk (Franz). The ballet is in three acts.