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17 November 2019 (Sun), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Classical Ballet Evening of one-act ballets: Na floresta. Prelude. White Darkness

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes approximately

Schedule for Evening of one-act ballets: Na floresta. Prelude. White Darkness 2020

Choreography: Nacho Duato

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

Na floresta


Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Wagner Tisso
Choreographer, Costume Designer: Nacho Duato
Stage Designer: Walter Nobbe
Lighting Designer: Nicolas Fischtel
Costume Technology: Alla Marusina
Choreographer’s Assistants: Tony Fabre, Gentian Doda

World première: The Hague, NDT-2, 15 February 1990 
Russian première: Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko State Academic Music Theatre, 24 July 2009 
Première at the Mikhailovsky Theatre: 23 May 2013

One-act ballet Na Floresta / In the woods is set to music of Villa-Lobos, arranged by Tisso. The woods in the title are meant to be in Latin America — on the banks of the Amazon; however, there’s no ethnography in Duato’s choreography — at least, no Brazilian samba in the ballet. It’s just a cascade of intricate ensembles, duets, solos and trios showing the freedom of wild life and the elemental power of human emotions. 
Tatiana Kuznetsova, Kommersant



Music by George Frideric Handel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten 
Choreographer, Stage Designer, Costume Designer: Nacho Duato
Lighting Designer: Brad Fields
Costume Production Engineer: Alla Marusina
Musical Director of the production: Valery Ovsyanikov
Choreographer’s Assistants: Zhanna Ayupova, Kirill Myasnikov
In performance elements of scenery and the curtains executed by artist Vyacheslav Okunev are used

Benjamin Britten’s music is performed by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

World première: Mikhailovsky Theatre, 14 June 2011 

Prelude is an interpretation of the emotions and impressions which he experienced at the start of a new period of his life — in Russia, in St. Petersburg and with the Mikhailovsky Theatre. The new ballet is not based on one particular subject. The meeting of classical ballet and contemporary dance — two very different worlds, striving for mutual awareness and understanding — form its conceptual core. For all its apparent simplicity, the name of the ballet can be interpreted in a number of different ways. Indeed, its meaning is not just limited to the musical term. It can be assumed that in his new performance, Duato shall attempt to convey every emotional nuance accompanying the convergence of two opposing sources, and their subsequent merging, giving rise to a new life.


White Darkness


Music by Karl Jenkins
Choreography: Nacho Duato
Stage Designer: Jaffar Chalabi
Costume Designer: Lourdes Frías 
Lighting Designer: Joop Caboort
Costume Technology: Alla Marusina
Choreographer’s Assistant: Thomas Klein
Music Director, Conductor: Marius Stravinsky
Assistant to Musical Director: Igor Tomashevsky

Karl Jenkins’ music is performed by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

World première: 2001, Madrid 
Premiere of the production at the Mikhailovsky Theatre: 2 May 2014

“...It’s a loose reflection on drug-taking and its influence on our social behaviour, on our possibility to communicate with people around, and on our life in general. The choreographer doesn’t insist on anything, he is a witness, not a judge. His aim is to invite us to meditate on this painful and controversial subject.”


Schedule for Evening of one-act ballets: Na floresta. Prelude. White Darkness 2020

White Darkness - Premiere
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