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.

27

october

2020

The performance turned out brilliant, beyond any expectations. It has three acts; the first is a fully fledged ballet in which meticulous pantomime alternates with dances according to the old scheme. However, the scheme is full of beautiful moves from the time when the Russian Paquita was born, cleared of the subsequent stupidity of the «ballet of achievements»; the pointes in the rounds do not go up to the knee, but to the ankles, the vectors are delicate, the legs are not pulled over the head. And the action is loaded with emphases like the promenade of the soloists with little accurate jumps, dense strides, hands over the dancers’ heads: discreet little things that make the old-time ballet really old.

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.

3

may

2016

Samodurov was able to discern what was contained in the music, but remained unspoken. He managed to put an independent, but very strongly connected with music and with the time of its writing, a performance (.) Performance-monument to the freedom-loving soul in a totalitarian society.

27

october

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.

27

october

2020

Salieri Variations look like a courtesan game, the director and the performers rush into. Samodurov serves the classical moves (.) but turns them inside out; he accelerates them or changes the angle. Even the most experienced performers cannot remain dead serious here. But they find out that ballet is not a part of ‘classical heritage’, but a natural means of communication.

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