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Arts Calendar / October 22 / Ballet
La Fille du Pharaon
12:00, 19:00. Ballet in three acts to the music by Cesare Pugni. Choreography by Pierre Lacotte (after the ballet of the same name by Marius Petipa). Libretto by Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Maurice Petipa after the story Le roman de la momie by Theophile Gautier, version by Pierre Lacotte. Author of the score's version - Alexander Sotnikov. Starring: Maria Alexandrova, Sergei Filin, Vyacheslav Lopatin, Natalia Osipova, Andrei Merkuriev. The second birth of La Fille du Pharaon took place in Moscow in the year 2000 - the reconstruction was undertaken by Pierre Lacotte in answer to an exclusive commission from the Bolshoi Theatre. Pierre Lacotte, the famous researcher into our ballet legacy, who has breathed new life into more than one forgotten masterpiece of past centuries, had long ago been fired with enthusiasm by the idea of resurrecting Petipa's mighty, pseudo-Egyptian fresco: ever since, in fact, he had begun to realize the fascinating discoveries to be made by the would-be restorer of ancient ballets, an art genre that one might think did not lend itself to restoration.
Bolshoi Theater 
19:00 Seven Deadly Sins
The ballet with singing. Texts by Bertolt Brecht. Russian texts by Svyatoslav Gorodetsky. Music supervisor and conductor: Valery Kirianov. Designer: Rostislav Protasov. Light designer: Denis Enyukov. Every opera is no saint... But if the seven deadly sins are combined in a collaborative creation of the composer Kurt Weill and the dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht, an extraordinary result is to be expected. And that is exactly what happened. It is difficult to determine the genre of their work at once. Is it an opera in which they dance or a ballet in which they sing? Retelling the plot makes no sense: the performance is definitely worth seeing. Besides, the opera-ballet “Seven Deadly Sins” is rarely staged in Russia, so try not to miss such an opportunity. The most famous production of the opera was staged by Boris Pokrovsky in The Moscow State Academic Chamber Musical Theatre in 1981. Nowadays, in the time of "quick perception" Kurt Weill's music is more relevant than ever. The performance is full of the special psychology which is known to be the Helikon’s actors’ strong point. "During the work on the performance our team thought about the meaning of the word "sin" more often than we usually do. Its interpretation is extremely personal, and that is why each of the two actresses who play the role of Anna I completely differs from each other," - says the director Ilya Ilyin. "When I discovered "The Seven Deadly Sins", I felt that special energy of it. It affects as a contrast shower which brings the purification of the soul, - admits the musical director of the staging, conductor Valery Kiryanov. - And the eternal biblical canons become closer to us. This is a necessary thing of current interest in modern times. It feels like a confession..."
Helikon Opera 
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