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Three one-act ballets, “Bloom”, “KAASH” and “Autodance” will be held in The Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre on the second and third of March, 2023.
Although they are already known to the Russian audience, spectators will see new versions of some of them. According to the Theatre, they chose these ballets to destroy the traditional image of academic theatre and show the modern art of choreography.
“Bloom”: mix of tender feelings
Maxim Sevagin, Artistic Director of the ballet company, presented “Bloom” at the end of the theatre season in 2019. However, spectators will be shown the new expanded version of the ballet which is set to the music of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Besides Maxim Sevagin, costume designer Tatiana Bakunov and lighting designer Tatiana Mishina are also working on the play.
The concept of ‘Bloom’ is connected with pastel pink which is associated with fading sunset and rose salt and is reminiscent of marine sand. The first idea was about connecting two parallel worlds, one of them belongs to women, another one to men. They became involved in a play full of emotions and feelings which ends as easy as it started with a pleasant aftertaste, Maxim Sevagin told RIA.
“KAASH”: mix of cultures
“KAASH” is a mix of modern European choreography and Kathak, an Indian classical dance form. British choreographer Akram Khan made the first version of the ballet for six dancers in 2002 in France. He changed it, cut its duration and added one more dancer, especially for The Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. The premier of the Moscow version of “KAASH” was in 2021. This ballet is a collaboration of choreographer Akram Khan, British composer Nitin Sawhney and British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor.
I see many benefits in the combination, even if there is some kind of confrontation or a struggle. Because we can fully understand our art journey, our DNA, and the DNA of our culture only through the perception of difference, Akram Khan told Forbes back in November 2021.
“Autodance”: mix of dance and techno
“Autodance” was made by Israelite choreographer Sharon Eyal, co-authored with Gai Behar, in 2018. It was her second work for the Ballet Company of Göteborg Opera in Sweden. Russian spectators first saw the ballet in 2021 on the stage of The Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. Next year prima ballerina of the Theatre and Honoured artist of Russia Oksana Kardash won the prestigious Russian theatre award “Golden Mask” for her solo performance.
Sharon Eyal said that “Autodance” “has been created from pure movement.” The ballet performance combines visually intense dance and techno music. The focus of attention is on the dancers’ legs so that dancers seem asexual.
As ballet critic Tatyana Kuznetsova wrote in Kommersant in 2021 that pulsating rhythm which is stuck in the head and placed into a deep hypnotic trance, unites the audience and dancers on stage. This mix creates “applause of real impressions” at the end of the performance.
Where to find tickets
Tickets can be bought on the official website of The Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. The performances will be held on March 2 and 3.
The theatre is located in the centre of Moscow at Bolshaya Dmitrovka Str., 17.
The Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre is a cooperation of the Stanislavsky’s Opera studio of the Bolshoi Theater and the Nemirovich-Danchenko’s Music studio of the Moscow Art Theater, which was finally formed in 1941. The date of creation of the theatre is considered December 30, 1918. According to the Theatre, they put on 250 shows a year, with the participation of over 430 performers. Nowadays, Maxim Sevagin is the Artistic Director of the Theatre’s ballet company and Alexander Titel is the Artistic Director of the Theatre’s opera company.