Stony Bank, The Firebird

09 May 2021 в 19:00 | At the Alexsandy Theatre


On the evening 9 May, an important national holiday, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will honour historical tradition and present a symbolic recital that will combine two productions by independent young choreographers. 

Stony Bank

Stony Bank is a one-act ballet requiem by Vladimir Varnava, winner of the Golden Mask Theatre Award: a tribute to the victims of World War Two. The production was inspired by the Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial in Budapest, unveiled to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the V-Day. The idea behind the memorial is as simple as it is heart-rending. The embankment is lined with a row of cast-iron footwear, from crumpled, worn-down old boots to elegant women's shoes and tiny baby booties. Mundane at first glance, these shoes are the remnants of a living nightmare: just before being shot, Hungarian Jews would be forced to take off their shoes, which the Germans, practical as ever, would later resell.

'The duty of remembrance is the main reason why we are working on this ballet today,' the choreographer comments.

The Firebird

The Firebird one-act ballet is the creation of Douglas Lee, alumnus of the European ballet school and winner of the Golden Mask Theatre Award, who adheres to the neoclassical dance  principles.  In collaboration with the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, Lee has crafted his own version of The Firebird, where the traditional motifs of Russian fairy-tales have come together into a whimsical choreographic suite. Complex artistry and body language, top-notch performance mastery, innovative set and dream-like costumes by Eva Adler: all of this is meant to carry the audience away into the magical world of imagination.

The recurring motif of the ballet is the triumph of good over evil, which is quite symbolic in the wake of the solemn V-Day celebrations.

When to watch it

09 May 2021 в 19:00
At the Alexsandy Theatre


«Stony Bank»

A ballet in one act
Music by Aleksandr Karpov
Choreography by Vladimir Varnava
Set and costume design by Olga Shaishmelashvili
Lighting design by Igor Fomin

«The Firebird»

A ballet in one act
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Production and libretto by Douglas Lee
Set and costume design by Eva Adler
Lighting design by Sakis Birbilis
Assistant choreographer Alexander Zaitsev

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