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Ilze Liepa: "Tamar" - a new ballet based on an old theme

March 25 2006

"Russian Seasons," Sergei Diaghilev began a hundred years ago. The glory of Russian national art, they were held in Paris, London, Rome and other major European capitals. During the socialist period, many performances have been lost, because this art is not welcome.

Finally, by age, metropolitan audience again saw the resurgence of these unique tradition, which was rich in Russian culture. At the State Kremlin Palace was a presentation of the project "Russian Seasons XXI Century". It was presented a program consisting of two ballets - "Tamara" and "The Firebird".

"Tamar was staged by Mikhail Fokine in memory of Sergei Dyageleva. This is a story short on the Georgian legend. Subsequently, according to this legend, M. Lermonotov wrote a stirring poem, calling it the name of the protagonist.

Under the influence of the same poem Balakirev wrote a marvelous symphony. However, thanks to Leon Bakst music and the poem together in a ballet.

Before the beginning of the ballet, Andris Liepa, the director of the play, asked the audience whether all bought applets. But without waiting for an answer from the audience, he decided to tell the story of the play.

Beauty queen Tamar languishes in the tower on the bank of the Terek. In love with her vizier, secretly longing to be with her, but who are unable to fulfill this dream. The castle guarded by scouts. One fine morning Tamar bring a young boy, whose servants captured near the castle. It fascinates him, and as they say in the poem - they had a "stormy, wonderful, romantic night." But oddly enough the castle is full of omens, because all the travelers who pop Before the Ballet by Andris Liepa, asked the audience whether all bought applets. However, without waiting for response from the audience, he decided to tell the plot of the play.

Beauty Queen Tamara languishes in the tower on the bank of the Terek. In love with her vizier, secretly longing to be with her, but never able to fulfill this dream. One morning, Tamar, a young boy, who was captured near the castle servants. He was fascinated by it, and as they say in the poem - they had a "lively, wonderful, romantic night." But the castle is full of unexpected quirks. All the travelers who get there, turn on the morning of the Terek River in the waves.

As planned by Andris Liepa, "everything that was happening on stage was a reflection of dreams and the dreams of the protagonist of the Georgian legend. "Our ballet had nothing to do with the fact that there is a real Queen Tamara", - said the famous dancer in an exclusive interview

"Tamar" and "The Firebird" are unique performances, which should be in a Russian money-box, particularly in Moscow. In St. Petersburg they were delivered in 1993, and I am very pleased that Moscow now has the opportunity to see these performances. Because they have young artists "- said Andris Liepa.

Starred in "The Firebird" was played rising stars - Christina Kretova and Sergei Smirnov.

According to the director-producer, the main party in the "Tamara" went to Irma Nioradze "primarily because it was Georgian." The fact that it is terrific dancer and actress was only the second decisive criterion.

"We're really fortunate that now Irma is free and has the opportunity for us to please his ballet", - said the honored artist.

As we found out, in "Russian Seasons of the XXI century" will delight viewers of the capital known as the reconstruction of the ballet, as well as new productions. "We did not want to import only old shows," - said Andris Liepa.

e having time to play a show in the capital, just a week, the producers are already going to take out your project on a tour of Russia. "We'll take this performance with the Kremlin Ballet in Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Perm and Chelyabinsk. I think what happens is very good concert, as soloists will be Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Ilze Liepa, "- said Andris Liepa.

The plans of the director-producer also has the intention to act abroad. According to him, from London and Paris had already received an invitation. And, it means that we, as a hundred years ago, probably will enter a new chapter in the annals of world culture.

By the way, on the eve of the premiere project in Novinsky Passage was an exhibition dedicated to the restoration of decorations and costumes for ballets from the repertoire of "Russian Seasons" by Sergei Diaghilev. Interestingly, the sets and costumes a second time had been prepared by Anna tender.

As noted by Andris Liepa, "helped in the recovery of details related to the traditions and history."

"In our difficult age when people are busy at work, we want them to have found an outlet in the play. And I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to acquaint with its productions of about five thousand people ", - concluded the director.

Anastasia Kudinov


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