St Petersburg, Mariinsky II


devil's clownery



Alexei Repnikov

Pétrouchka: Alexander Sergeev
Pétrouchka’s Death: Yaroslav Baibordin
The Diva: Tatiana Tkachenko
The Strongman: Yevgeny Deryabin
The Ringmaster: Grigory Popov


Music by Igor Stravinsky
Libretto by Vladimir Varnava and Konstantin Fyodorov

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


The composer Stravinsky created his Petrouchka 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, Petrouchka 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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