Mon 24 February 2020 | 9:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Suzanne Dellal - Neve Tsedek, Tel Aviv,


Established in 1990, the Provincial Dances Theatre is one of the first contemporary dance theatres in Russia. Since its foundation, the Ekaterinburg-based company has toured 33 cities in Russia and 53 cities worldwide. Thirteen productions, including Sepia, have been nominated for Golden Mask — the most prestigious Russian National Theatre Award, and six have won the prize. Provincial Dances Theatre contributed to the production of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at the Bolshoi Theatre, a landmark event that brought together contemporary and classical artists for the first time in the history of the Bolshoi.

Sepia by Provincial Dances Theatre

Staging and choreography: Tatiana Baganova
Music: excerpts from the Eighth Symphony by Avet Terteryan
Set and costume design: Anastasia Sokolova
Lighting design: Nina Indrikson
Running time: 30 mins

Inspired by the novel Woman in the Dunes, by Kōbō Abe, Sepia examines the human state, transformation in time and, quite literally, in sand. The sand streams onto the dancers, covering the stage, dictating rhythms and images. The sand may not be stable, but for choreographer Tatiana Baganova it is the ultimate manifestation of strength.

Les Noces by Provincial Dances Theatre

Staging and choreography: Tatiana Baganova
Music: Les Noces by Igor Stravinsky performed by the Bach Choir (London)
Set design: Yaroslav Frantsev
Lighting design: Nina Indrikson
Costume design: Yuri Pomelov
Running time: 30 mins

20 years ago the Provincial Dances Theatre’s ballet Les Noces was proclaimed “the first iconic production of the new Russian dance theatre”. Based on the old ritual of Russian peasant weddings, the production remains legendary today. The ballet is based in Igor Stravinsky’s score, the composer described the piece as “Russian choreographic scenes with singing and music”. Tatiana Baganova moves freely between cultural layers and rhythm, appealing to various styles of dance. The production tells about the first meeting, the marriage proposal, preparations for rituals of a wedding and the sacred action in a unique language — through folk motives and reeling to modern dance.

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.

Theatre, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, music, film screenings, parties, and lectures — in the spring of 2020 Tel Aviv will be at the heart of contemporary Russian culture. More information:

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