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

november

2018

In «The Order of the King», I was, above all, subdued by modern choreography. The ballet encoded appeals to different eras, it is interesting to solve them.

24

january

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?

12

october

2016

A bright, flying, light, multicolored performance in which children will find something to admire and something to surprise, adults have something to think about.

4

january

2018

In Romeo and Juliet he [Samodurov] unites the quiet authentic intimacy, the endless belief that the body in motion never lies, with the maniacal passion for the purity of the dance. For the national ballet, which feels itself most naturally in cothurni, this is the most complicated way of existence. (.) And if the choreographer succeeds in defending this style, he can become a new way of developing the Russian ballet.

24

january

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.

24

january

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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