The XIII Chekhov International Theatre Festival takes place in Moscow this year from May to July, and once again offers an outstanding programme of events from all over the world to audiences in Russia. We are delighted to invite you to the UK selection of performances running as part of the World Series programme of this festival.
THE UK PROGRAMME OF THE FESTIVAL
4Х4: EPHEMERAL ARCHITECTURE
Choreography by Ludovic Ondiviela
Music by Nimrod Borenstein
Performed by ‘Camerata Alma Viva’
On 29, 30 and 31 May and 1 and 2 June at the Theatre of Nations (Main Stage).
Founded in 1992 by the renowned Sean Gandini and Kati YLÄ-Hokkala, the Gandini Juggling Company remains at the forefront of the modern circus, constantly enriching and renewing this form of art.
In «4Х4: EPHEMERAL ARCHITECTURE» four jugglers and four ballet dancers share one stage for the first time. They lure their spectators into an ephemeral adventure through space and time, leaving an invisible trace akin to imaginary architecture. This performance is a tribute by the incredible ‘Gandini Juggling’ to the themes of old love, distinct lines and mathematics.
THE WINTER’S TALE
Directed by Declan Donnellan
Decorations by Nick Ormerod
Composer - Paddy Cunneen
Presented in English with Russian subtitles
On 4, 5 and 6 June at the Pushkin Theatre in Moscow and on 9 and 10 June at the Voronezh Concert Hall
Founded in 1981, the ‘Cheek by Jowl’ theatre has performed in various parts of the world, working in English, French and Russian.
Declan Donnellan is a well-known figure in Russia: he has staged four plays in collaboration with the Chekhov International Theatre Festival starring Russian actors and also directed plays in Maly Drama Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre and Pushkin Moscow Theatre. He is considered to be one of the most acclaimed Shakespeareans and his unique manner of directing never leaves anyone unmoved.
VOICES OF THE AMAZON (the world premiere)
Producers - Sister Grimm Company: Pietra Mello Pittman and Ella Spira
Staged by Pietra Mello Pittman
Composer - Ella Spira
Choreographer - Helen Pickett
Co-lyricists - Ella Spira, Danny Nascimento, Dito Martins, and Julienne Davis
Scenography and costume design - Temple Clark
On 14, 15 and 16 June the world premiere of the musical will take place at the Pushkin Theatre in Moscow
The creators of ‘Inala’, previously nominated for ‘Grammy’, yet again turn to the combination of various cultures and scenic genres in their new production ‘Voices of the Amazon’. The story of a mermaid, Beleza, who abandons the waters of the Amazon to find a cure for her dying sister on its shores, is based on a local legend from the tropical forests of Brazil.
Sisters Grimm gathered a truly international team to work on the project, including famous Brazilian musicians and composers Danny Nascimento, Dito Martins and Julienne Davis, none of Brazil’s national treasures - the percussion group Olodum, American choreographer Helen Pickett along with British and Brazilian dancers.
The choreography of the production involves elements of classical ballet, modern dance and capoeira. The score involves the sounds of Amazonian and tropical forests, recorded during the creators’ trip to Brazil.
UNTIL THE LIONS
Director, choreographer and one of the leading performers - Akram Khan
Artistic concept/Script/Lyrics - Karthika Nair
Visual design - Tim Yip
Original score - Beautiful Noise (Vincenzo Lamagna) in collaboration with Sohini Alam, David Azurza, Yaron Engler, Akram Khan, Christine Joy Ritter
On 11, 12, 13 and 14 July at the Mossovet Theatre in Moscow
The play, staged by the Akram Khan Company, is based on a book written by Karthika Nair ‘Until the Lions : Echoes from the Mahabharata’. It is dedicated to the heroines, who are left unnoticed despite their strength, wit and stamina. Akram Khan restores justice in his metaphorical dance, paying tribute to the women, without whom the world’s history would have been completely different.
Akram Khan Company produces thoughtful, provocative and ambitious dance productions for the international stage. Akram Khan takes human themes and works with others to take them to new and unexpected places – embracing and collaborating with other cultures and disciplines.
This production is a four-time National Dance Awards nominee for best modern female choreography, best male party (Akram Khan) and best female party (Christine Joy Ritter and Chin-In Chen), which is a record for the award in all its existence.