14 September 2010, 17:29

Russian-French "Creation-2010" at the Bolshoi Theatre

Russian-French "Creation-2010" at the Bolshoi Theatre
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For the first time in many years, the Bolshoi Theatre is opening its season not with a classical Russian opera but with   a world ballet premiere. This fact symbolizes new trends in the theatre and its disposition to experiment. The ballet is named “Creation-2010”, which is symptomatic.

For the first time in many years, the Bolshoi Theatre is opening its season not with a classical Russian opera but with  a world ballet premiere. This fact symbolizes new trends in the theatre and its disposition to experiment. The ballet is named “Creation-2010”, which is symptomatic. 

This ballet premiere has become one of the major events in the Russian-French cultural year. Its preparation began three years ago. At that time the outstanding modern French choreographer  Angelin Preljocage came to Moscow to ask several Russian dancers to take part in one of his performances. The Bolshoi Theatre dancers produced such a great impression on him that he had an idea to create a new ballet on that stage combining the two companies, the Russian and the French.Originally the ballet was named “The Apocalypse”.  Later the name was changed to “Creation-2010”.

The choreographer explains:“It seems to me that the most frightening thing in the world today is intolerance. As Andre Malreaux, a 20th century writer and politician, said, the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all. Indeed, we can see that it is beginning as a century of religion.

But unfortunately, everyone is trying to assert the primacy of their religion and is very intolerant of other religions. It is becoming very dangerous,” – Angelin believes.Music:Announcer in the background: Probably, the scene symbolizing Ancient Babylon is symptomatic in this respect when the dancers on the stage wear veils on their faces, as if not seeing or hearing each other. Or the final scene when the dancers “wash” the flags of different countries which is understood as a process of purification. The interpretation of this ever significant plot by an international company is symbolic too.

The music for this performance was composed by the well-known French DJ Lauren Garnier who is called “the father of  French electronic music”. The outstanding Indian artist Subodh Gupta has made his debut as a stage set designer, introducing his favourite metal elements to the decoration – he loves statues and installations of stainless steel. The “minimalist” costumes were designed by the Russian couturier Igor Chepurin.

The Bolshoi Theatre soloist Anastasia Meskova, one of the 10 dancers chosen by Preljocage for this project, said:“I have never heard of this kind of experiment before. I think it is a unique project when two companies unite to implement it. It is not just one guest soloist, the whole project is divided in two halves, for Russian and foreign dancers.” 

After the first night in Moscow, the ballet will be performed in France and other European countries. “I am sure that this project will be interesting both to the Russian and the European audience because it is a modern ballet and a mutual penetration of the two ballet schools. We are proud of our classical school, but I think this work will be very important to us”, said the General director of the Bolshoi Theatre Anatoly Iksanov.

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