St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Pétrouchka
 Le Sacre du printemps 

an evening of ballets to music by Igor Stravinsky

Performers

Conductor: Alexei Repnikov

Pétrouchka: Vladimir Shklyarov
Pétrouchka’s Death: David Zaleyev
The Diva: Zlata Yalinich
The Strongman: Yuri Smekalov
The Ringmaster: Vasily Shcherbakov

Credits

Music by Igor Stravinsky
Libretto by Vladimir Varnava and Konstantin Fyodorov

Choreographer: Vladimir Varnava 
Set and Costume Designer: Galya Solodovnikova 
Lighting Designer: Igor Fomin 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The composer Stravinsky created his Pétrouchka in 1911, while the choreographer Varnava created his in 2017. In his adaptation of  the masterpiece, which has not lost its relevance over the last 106 years, the choreographer kept the contours of the libretto, but placed the characters in an entirely different environment. The amusing scenes were substituted with a devil’s clownery. No crowd at the fair, no people dressed up, no merchants or gypsies. Even the traditional bear was substituted with a panda and circus sideshows, made up of big-eared creatures wearing gray suits. "The plot of the ballet unfolds in Pétrouchka’s consciousness, represented in the form of a phantasmagorical circus," the choreographer says. "For us, Pétrouchka is a person hunted by the collective, his talent lies in the fact that he senses things more deeply than others. A lonely soul, an individuality, who comes face to face with a crowd. He thinks about the concept of free will: does his own choice actually exist, or has everything been preordained and he is just a character with a role already written."


World premiere of the production: 25 May 2017, the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre
Production premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 17 November 2017

Running time 40 minutes

Age category 12+

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