Thu 5 March 2020 | 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Habima - habima, Tel Aviv,


The main character of the ballet is Paquita, which is short for Francisca, a beautiful gipsy orphan who, after a troubled childhood, discovers her noble origins, and finds true love with a young officer. The ballet was first performed in Paris in 1846, but success came to it in 1881 in Saint-Petersburg with the choreography of Marius Petipa. This original three-act version laid the foundation for this updated production created by dance critic Pavel Gershenzon and choreographer Sergei Vikharev — the ones who redefined standards of reconstructing classical stagings. The press defined Paquita as “the main ballet premiere of the decade”.

The creators reconstructed the 1881 choreography based on notations kept in the Harvard Theatre Collection and updated the original libretto collision with a look at 20th-century cultural experience. The original music of Édouard-Marie-Ernest Deldevez was recomposed by Yuri Krasavin.

Ural Opera Ballet theatre was formed in Ekaterinburg in 1912, and in two years its stage saw the first ballet premiere. A new chapter in the history of the theatre began in 2012 when choreographer Vyacheslav Samodurov joined the company as its artistic director. The strategy of Ural Opera is preserving and reinterpreting the 19th-century classics, performing the most significant works of the 20th century, and creating new pieces in the 21st century. The recipient of eight Golden Mask national theatre awards, the Ural Opera Ballet is home to world premieres of Paquita, The Order of the King, and The Little Humpbacked Horse. Its ballets are showcased at international festivals and broadcast on Mezzo TV channel.

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with two intermissions

Libretto: Paul Fouché and Joseph Mazilier (1846)
Music: Édouard-Marie-Ernest Deldevez (1846) and Ludwig Minkus (1881) recomposed by Yuri Krasavin (2018)

Conductor: Fyodor Lednyov
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Staging: Sergei Vikharev, Vyacheslav Samodurov
Set design: Aliona Pikalova
Costumes: Elena Zaitseva
Lighting design: Alexander Naumov
Idea and script: Pavel Gershezon

Choreographic notations from the Harvard Theatre Collection provided by Houghton Library, Harvard University.

In memory of Sergei Vikharev.

Premiere: 22 February 2018

M.ART festival is a multi-genre festival in Tel Aviv that showcases the diverse and exciting landscape of contemporary Russian culture. The festival’s founder, M.ART project, which promotes the contemporary Russian culture in London, New York and Tel Aviv, has brought together in one program all the most important things in the Russian-speaking culture today.

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