Slava Samodurov
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What did the king say on the new ballet premiere?

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biography

He performed as a principal dancer at the world’s top ballet companies — at the Mariinsky theatre, the Netherlands National ballet, the Royal Ballet of the Great Britain. In 2006 he started his career in choreography. He worked with Russia’s and world’s best theatres: the Covent Garden («Trip trac» to music by Shostakovich in 2010), Mikhaylovsky theatre («Minor sonatas» to music by Scarlatti in 2010), the Bolshoy theatre («Undine» by Henze in 2016), Perm theatre of opera and ballet («Le Baiser de la Fee» by Stravinsky in 2017).

1974

Slava
Samodurov

10

october

2018

Bright costumes, high-tech décor, movements honed to the smallest detail — artists of the Opera Theater have been preparing for this premiere for over a year. Today is the general run. The new production is a fantasy based on the libretto of the forgotten ballets by Marius Petipa.

6

april

2020

This is a grand curatorial project, the meaning and meanings of which go far beyond the narrow workshop framework, (.) but at the same time far from any kind of snobbery, a full-blooded spectacle, a spectacular show, paradoxically sharpened by the audience success: have we seen for a long time a curtain raising Before each of the three acts was accompanied by a burst of applause?

6

april

2020

Not aspiring to meticulously follow all the plot twists and turns of the sad Shakespeare’s tale, having practically departed from using pantomime, letting the dance and plasticity tell the story and express emotions, Samodurov did not sacrifice either the power of feelings, or the play of temperaments and drama. Same as in his other recent works, the choreographer with ingenuity demonstrates that devotion to the St. Petersburg classical school is not an obstacle to updating the language.

6

april

2020

There is no ‘ballerina on stage’ and ‘ballerinas behind the curtains’ here, there is a lonely woman, driven crazy by work and exhausted by the everlasting conventionality of her existence. And the monologue of Mrs. Alexandrova under the watchful eye of the searchlight is utterly striking.

6

april

2020

Remember the immortal phrase by Sergei Diaghilev «Jean, étonne-moi!» — so, the artistic director of the Ekaterinburg Ballet, Vyacheslav Samodurov, surprised the audience very much, not only with his twenty-five-minute performance, but also with the fact that in two years of honest work a choreographer can do with a ballet company of not even class B; how he can change its silhouette, give names to the unknown soloists, deprive the corps de ballet of their inferiority complex.

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