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02 December 2019 (Mon), 19:30 Hermitage Theatre of Classical Russian Ballet - ! PREMIERE ! Modern Ballet Evening of One-Act Ballets: "The Prodigal Son". "Blind Affair" choreography by Ivan Vasiliev


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Schedule for Evening of One-Act Ballets: "The Prodigal Son". "Blind Affair" choreography by Ivan Vasiliev 2019/2020

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Composer: Max Richter
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Choreography: Ivan Vasiliev
Stage Director: Ivan Vasiliev
Costume Designer: Alexandra Leonidova

Orchestra: St. Petersburg State Governor's Symphony orchestra


Répétiteur: Elvira Khabibullina

The Prodigal Son
ballet in one act
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns

As young people mature, they begin to feel that they are ready to live independently. It’s a natural process. In the canonical biblical parable, the son leaves his father behind; in my ballet, he leaves his mother behind. The world and its glossy shine entice him. Much must happen before he realizes that la dolce vita requires constant gilding. This world in which our hero strived wrings him like a sponge, leaving him only a pistol with one cartridge. Yet the story of the prodigal son does not appear tragic to me. My hero does not entirely lose himself — he was simply looking for himself in the wrong place. This is partly a happy ending, because he retains his former potential, but now it is bolstered by experience which will certainly ennoble his honest urges in the future. Life doesn’t destroy him; instead, it makes him stronger. Strength in this case comes from the absence of illusions. Or from the truth, as they also say.

Ivan Vasiliev

Blind Affair
ballet in one act
Music: Max Richter


Blind Affair is a ballet about the society, where all are absorbed in their gadgets and nobody ever looks around. We live in our personal boxes and are sure that they include the whole world. It is not the case. I want to stir up the crowd. I have always wanted to, that is why I travelled a lot and danced a lot. And I will go on this way till I am 120 years old. Just to keep telling people: “Look around and say „Life is beautiful!„“

Ivan Vasiliev






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Schedule for Evening of One-Act Ballets: "The Prodigal Son". "Blind Affair" choreography by Ivan Vasiliev 2019/2020


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