The Estonian National Opera in the Bolshoi Theatre
“A cherished dream of the Estonian National opera is coming true tonight: once again we are performing on the Historic stage of the Bolshoi Theatre,” says Alvar Mae, General Manager of the Estonian National Opera at the press-conference held at the Bolshoi Theatre on January, 9. The theatre has been touring a lot in the last few years: the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Tampere Hall in Finland, the Israeli Opera, the Glasgow Music Festival, the Mariinsky Theatre and others. Performing at the Bolshoi Theatre during the New Year 2019 celebrations in Moscow is the major event of the touring life for the Estonian National Opera.
The last cross-cultural event between the Estonian National Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre took place in 1989 during the celebration of Modest Mussorgsky’s 150th anniversary. This time there will be five performances shown on the Historic Stage. The first Night is open by Tibor Kocsak’s Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs ballet staged by a well-known dancer and choreographer Gyula Harangozo. He characterizes this performance as a musical without words, a combination of classical and modern ballet, and folk dance. The aim of the choreographer was to create a performance to be both liked by children and adults, to keep the plot of the play classical but add some modern vision in decorations, music and choreography.
The next day Thomas Edur’s ballet to the music of Tauno Aints Modigliani-the Cursed Artist is on stage. At the press-conference Thomas Edur talked about the creation process of the ballet: about the idea to stage the unique artist’s last years of life drama; about the team work with the people who shared the same passion to Modigliani’s art which made the ballet so successful. The choreographer wanted to create a ballet telling the story of a vulnerable personality, a talent suffering from no recognition and appreciation. Amadeo Modigliani, who lived as a poor artist creating masterpieces which later made a lot of people rich. The ballet is about the last 3 years of the artist’s life, the time when he met the biggest love of his life – Jeanne Hebuterne.
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