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Arts Calendar / March 5 / Ballet
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 
19:00 The Bright Stream
Comic ballet in two acts to music by Dmitry Shostakovich. 120 min. (with interval). Libretto by Adrian Piotrovsky and Fyodor Lopukhov. Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky. Designer: Boris Messerer. Music Director: Pavel Sorokin. The premiere of The Bright Stream took place in Leningrad Minor Opera and Ballet Theatre on April 4, 1935. Both audience and critics accepted the ballet eagerly so it was decided to be staged on the country’s main stage. It does not happen often that you burst out laughing while watching a ballet, nor is it common to see a male dancer in a tutu. Yet The Bright Stream has it all. This Soviet style ballet was banned in 1936 (it was seen as a a parody on happy Soviet life) and forgotten until Alexei Ratmansky revived it in 2003. It successfully premiered at the Bolshoi and now still amuses, surprises and enchants audiences in Moscow and abroad. The ballet has a vibrant and dark history. Although set in a collective farm, the dancing farmers, a cycling dog and men on pointe shoes did not amuse the Soviet leaders. The ballet was banned, the careers of composer Shostakovich and choreographer Lopukhov damaged and co-librettist Piotrovsky was sent to the gulag and never heard of again. When former Bolshoi Ballet director and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky came across the score in 1995 he was determined to get it back on stage again.
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