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Arts Calendar / June 9 / Ballet
19:00 Giselle
Ballet to music by Adolphe Adam. 150 mins (with one interval). Libretto by Theophile Gautier, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges. Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa. Giselle is a masterwork in the classical ballet performance canon. The ghost-filled ballet tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls for the flirtations of the deceitful and disguised nobleman Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, the fragile Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the otherworldly consequences of his careless seduction. The masterpiece of classical romantic choreography came to be in 1841 thanks mostly to immeasurable talents of Carlotta Grizi, a ballerina equally adored by poet and writer Th?ophile Gautier, librettist Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, choreographers Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and composer Adolphe Adan, who created the ballet together as a token of their shared fascination. The story of love that triumphs over death was danced by many great dancers and ballerinas of the world, and to this day remains an inspiration to ballet stars the world over.
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music 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..."
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