Ballet in two acts
based on a novel by Alexander ZINOVIEV Go to Golgotha
Choreography by Andrei MERKURIEV, Honoured Artist of Russia and Honoured Artist of the Russian Republic of North Ossetia-Alania
Libretto by Polina ZINOVIEVA (France – Germany) and Andrei MERKURIEV
Stage designer and painter Polina ZINOVIEVA
Costume Design by Ursula BURGER (Germany)
Project supervisor is Yuri VASYUCHENKO, Honoured Artist of Russia
The first night took place on May 15, 2014
Dawn. The city is waking up. Some are out for their morning exercises; others are just waking up right outside on the playground. Our hero strikes with being extraordinary. His delicate spirit, his world perception, his ideas and dreams do not match the ones of other city residents and those of his careless friends. They even mock him.
HE does not fit this city routine. While his friends are having fun with girls and laughing at him HE is going deeper into himself trying to protect his soul, save a MAN in himself. HE starts a dialogue with his own EGO, with his ANTIPODE hoping to find harmony and agree with himself and his consciousness. HE cannot find any mutual understanding even between himself and his ANTIPODE.
Two noisy friends interrupt his thoughts and invite him to join in their celebration. The one HE adores shows up. He calls her GODDESS. He dares start a conversation with her for the first time in his life but the conversation does not last long. She leaves with others choosing easier ways and more casual life. HE understands that SHE has ruined his ideal image…
HE stays alone again, deep in his thoughts and sufferings.
GODDESS and HE are together. Is it a fruit of imagination or reality? Anyway, they are being together at the moment and they are being light and in love.
When we come across strong feelings, we do not want to lose them but, at the same time, we meditate why we need these feelings. Fear prevents us from making the next step. As a result we do lose the most valuable, something that could give us reason to keep living. ANTIPODE evolving in his head embodies doubts and sufferings.
Our hero understands that his life is a road of loneliness and even ANTOPODE is capable of taking way his hope and dream, his GODDESS. Loneliness draws on him.
HE is in fear: our hero has hallucinations of his GODDESS and ANTIPODE making love and laughing at him.
Feeling lonely HE wanders around. HE tries to talk to ANTIPODE but comes across a blind spot. ANTIPODE explains to our hero that he has run out of time and ANTIPODE has taken his place. ANTIPODE pushes him out of his life. People laugh at our hero not wishing to listen to his speeches of haute ideas and ideal things as people are happy with their own lives. They have fun and live in their routine of dancing and orgies, careless life, wine and tobacco…
There has always been the very last hope that everything will change. Duet of GODDESS and our hero embodies this hope. We can hear a YELL here, a yell of his soul. GODDESS says that she simply cannot live in a different routine and go against the society and the system. She says that the way she is choosing is easier and more common.
This duet shows that everybody has a soul and it is light! However, we often sell it to dark forces. We love but forsake, promise to be loyal but betray, hug each other at nights but cheat as it is easier in the world that is full of temptations.
Condemnation… Objection… Disdain… Inapprehension… All these fall on our hero.
All Life is in 3.34
Birth is followed by happiness, happiness is followed by love, love is followed by fear, fear is followed by inapprehension, inapprehension is followed by pointless struggle and struggle is followed by vacuum. Routine that disdains and destroys the ones that are different from others. There is no air, there is no energy to continue the struggle, there are no reasons to keep living…
Leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre;
Honoured Artist of Russian Federation (2014);
Honoured Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (2008);
Laureate of the Russian National Theatrical Award “The Golden Mask” for the best male ballet part (2005);
Laureate of the Léonide Massine Prize (Positano, Italy, 2008);
2nd Prize winner at the International Competition of Young Ballet Dancers, Kazan (2001);
2nd Prize winner at the ARABESQUE Open Competition of Ballet Dancers of Russia, Perm (2000)
Mr. Merkuriev completed his training at the Ufa Ballet School in 1996.
He was a member of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre Company of the Komi Republic between 1996 and 1997.
The dancer was a soloist with the Saint-Petersburg Mussorgsky Opera and Ballet Theatre between 1997 and 2001 (The Mikhailovsky Theatre).
He joined the Mariinsky State Academic Theatre in 2001.
Mr. Merkuriev has been working with the Bolshoi Ballet Company since 2006.
The dancer debuted on the drama stage in a choreographic story Poor Lisa by Alla Sigalova to the score of the same name opera by Leonid Desiatnikov where he performed the role of Erast. His partner was Chulpan Khamatova, a Russian celebrity of cinema and theatre.
He has been nominated six times for “The Golden Mask” Award and it is a record number for one person.
The ballet artist has worked with a number of outstanding choreographers, such as Nacho Duato, John Neumeier, Alla Sigalova, Alexei Ratmansky, William Forsythe, Mats Ek and others.
He has performed on the best world’s stages: Grand Opera (“Opera Garnier”) in Paris, Royal Opera Theatre Covent-Garden in London, Metropolitan Opera in New York, John Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Bunka Kayan Center for Performing Arts in Tokyo.
Mr. Merkuriev established a scholarship for students of the Rudolf Nureyev Choreographic College of Bashkiria in 2012. He was the one who founded a special prize “For the reality of Image, Emotional and Expressive Performance” at the Ekaterina Maksimova Ballet Competition ARABESQUE.
The dancer debuts as producing choreographer with the ballet YELL (Krik) after Alexander Zinoviev’s novel Go to Golgotha on the stage of the Odessa Opera in 2014.