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  • October
  • November
The premier show of the performance «Close my eyes» will take place in Perm

The performance was created as a part of the project “Art-laboratory” made by the festival “Territory” and the company SIBUR. In the new performance audience will see the soloists of the opera company and musicAeterna choir of the Perm opera and ballet theatre. The tickets are available from the 10th of October.

 Starting from the beginning of autumn the art laboratory “Opera as ballet theatre” under the direction of a choreographer Anna Abalikhina and a playwriter Ilya Kukharenko. The participants of the laboratory for two months together with tutors will be creating an experimental performance that will unite chamber vocal performance art and dance.   

The theme of the laboratory was stipulated by a trendy world tendency – entry of choreographers when working on opera performances. One of the goals of this project is overriding of genre borders and stereotypes that traditionally divide performers on stage: singers should sing without moves, dancers should dance without sound.

Chamber vocal works by composers of XIX and XX centuries that go in the performance are microstories from private lives of people from different epochs and countries. These stories are organized in a special dramaturgical order and become remarks in a multifigured conversation.

Art-laboratory consists of three stages. The first one includes master-classes with Anna Abalikhina and selection of the project participants. The second one is rehearsals. The third stage is the show of the performance “Close my eyes”, premieres are on the 15th and the 16th of November.

The tickets are available at the website of the Perm opera and ballet theatre.

Ilya Kukharenko, the curator of the laboratory and the playwriter of the performance “Close my eyes”:
— The name of the performance, “Close my eyes”, is the first line from the song by Alban Berg “Schließe mir die Augen beide” which sounds in our performance together with the songs by Schubert, Mahler, Poulenc, Duparc and others. But it is also a call to trust each other, to travel to an unknown space with eyes closed.

Anna Abalikhina, the director and the choreographer of the performance “Close my eyes”: 
— Musically the performance is a traditional Liederabend - a songs sequence, beaded on a concrete dramaturgical thread. Meanwhile it is a performance with no difference between performers with “moving” experience and academic singers. There are no preconceptions against opera singers who are supposed not to be able to obtain plastic freedom on stage because singing enchains them and despoils of mobility.

The principal soloists of the Perm opera company will take part in the performance: Natalia Buklaga, Natalia Kirillova, Konstantin Suchkov, a soloist of the musicAeterna choir of the Perm opera and ballet theatre Sergei Godin and also the dancers Valeria Veretennikova, Aleksei Karakulov, Vladimir Kiryanov, Elena Konina, Maria Polscha and Laura Khasanshina. The piano part will be performed by a concertmaster of the musicAeterna orchestra and the orchestra of the Perm opera and ballet theatre Kristina Basyul. Sound designer is a composer, a musician and a research scientist of the Electroacoustic music centre of the Moscow conservatory Aleksei Nadzharov.

Perm laboratory is a part of a huge educational project of the International festival-school of the modern art “Territory” and the company Sibur – “Art-laboratory”. The premiere of the performance “Close my eyes” will close the third season of this artistic program that already created performances included in the repertoires of Tobolsk and Voronezh theatres.