Sunday, March 30, 2008

Video from the Natalya Sats Musical Theater

Now you can have your first glimpse of the brand new ballet Snow Maiden, which premiered in Moscow this past October performed by the ballet company of the Natalya Sats Theater and created in cooperation with the Russian National Ballet Foundation. 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."

As you may recall, Valery Lantratov discussed this production after its debut in our second podcast and talked about it in the blog entry from December 5 and even before that we showed you rehearsal photos.

Russian reviewers said of Snow Maiden:

"Fadeyev's fantasy is like fireworks. There are no traditional pas-des-deux or variations in the production, no static scenes - everything is in line with the dramatic development of the storyline. Everyone, from the soloist to the corps dancer, gets an individual identity and an emotional choreographic text..."

"The ballet 'Snow Maiden' is one of those rare productions, where all the elements – music, stage design, costumes, dance monologues and dialogues, ensembles and mass scenes are in harmony, creating a beautifully wholesomeimage of a real-life, fairytale world based on the beliefs and rites of the ancient Slavs... it offers something for both adults and children, making it attractive as a family production that feeds minds and souls of audiences of all ages."

Now you can judge for yourself! We've made two videos of the brand new production available on YouTube, and you can see them here. In the first clip you see the birth of the Snow Maiden.

The second features Mizkir and Kupava.

And we have another treat! Clips from The Natalya Sats Theater performing the lively children's ballet Cippolino.

P.S. Don't forget our Win A Copy of A Child's Introduction to Ballet contest. See the next entry for more details!