Monday, November 12, 2007

World Premiere of The Snow Maiden

I am pleased to be able to share with you the first information on the Russian National Ballet Foundation’s brand new production of The Snow Maiden.

The production features an original score by composer Vladimir Solokov and is choreographed and directed by Ivan Fadeyev chief choreographer of the Novaya Opera Theatre whose works are described as "striking, modern and powerful."

The Snow Maiden is the story of how the daughter of Spring and Frost longs to have her heart melted by mortal humans. It is a winter tale that is close to the heart of every Russian child. When the days grow darker and the temperatures fall, German children dream of Nutrackers, American children dream of Santa Claus and Russian children dream of the Snow Maiden and Grandfather Frost.

This original adaptation of the timeless classic has been produced in concert with the Natalya Sats Theater and is about to have its world premiere in Moscow. We will have reviews, photos and video clips as soon as they are available.

The U.S. tour next winter, produced by Double V Promotions and coordinated by Valery Lantratov, artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation, will feature stars of the Bolshoi Ballet including Yan Godovsky, (pictured below) winner of the 2006 "Goden Mask" Award, dancing the role of Lel--

*You can see him in action in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the end of this article.

and Rinat Arifulin (pictured below) as Mizgir. [The links on these two artists' names will take you to their biographies on the Bolshoi Ballet's web page. They are in Russian, but the photographs are in English!]

Arifulin has been garnering international praise for his partnering of Anastasia Volochkova. "The virtuoso dancing and excellent partnering of Arifulin was especially impressive," wrote reviewer Graham Watts of their performance at Sadler's Wells.

(You may remember Volochkova as the Bolshoi ballerina who gained international attention when, at 5'7" and 110 pounds, she was fired for being "too heavy to lift" then reinstated by the courts.)

Costumes for the production were designed by Xenia Shimanovskoy, a 25 year veteran of Moscow stages. Shimanovskoy has created costumes for hundreds of productions and has had costume exhibitions in museums in Russia and the United States. American critics praised the work for its "lyrical surrealism."