Serenade for strings ballet

russian ballet

Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Anatoly Emelianov

The premiere of the ballet was held on March 3rd, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Serenade for Strings is original choreographic incarnation of the famous ” Serenade for String Orchestra” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

The String Serenade contains all the beauty of ballet. These are demonstrations of grace, spirituality and exaltation, unearthly fragility and integrity, expressed by the language of body movements. This ballet is called a masterpiece of neoclassical choreography due to its extraordinary structure and excellent accompaniment. As musical accompaniment, the works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky were used. And indeed: the sensitivity of music with the extraordinary ease of choreographic staging formed an immortal masterpiece in total.

History of creation Serenade for strings ballet

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (05/07/1840 – 6. 11.1893) is a Russian composer of the romantic period, whose works are among the most popular works of world classics. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression on connoisseurs of classical music all over the world. The popularization of Tchaikovsky’s works was facilitated by his work as a conductor in the USA and European countries. In 1884, Emperor Alexander III honored him and endowed the composer with a life-long pension.

Pyotr Ilyich entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory in order to receive a complete musical education. After graduating from the conservatory, Tchaikovsky realized that he received the composer’s skills relevant to Western culture, while domestic performers have other motives and performance techniques. The Russian tradition of writing musical works was so different from the western one that it was to some extent its opposite. In his work, Tchaikovsky had to become a kind of bridge between Russian and Western trends in writing musical works. Soon, the author developed his own style, full of Russian notes that he had heard from early childhood.

Despite the recognition of the composer’s undeniable talent, Tchaikovsky’s life was filled with periods of depression. This was due to the early leaving the mother for admission to the boarding school, the early death of the mother and the death of a dear friend Nikolai Rubinstein.

The production of Serenade for strings ballet was first staged by J. Balanchine in Connecticut. The author claimed that he was amazed by the opinion of connoisseurs of high art that this production has an undertone. In fact, beauty lies in simplicity: dancers simply move to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky. The author said that if desired, the production can be perceived as a dance under the moon. In order for the ballet to be better associated with this interpretation, the choreographer interchanged the third and fourth parts of the Tchaikovsky’s original so that the “moon dance” would end with an elegy.

The content of the performance

A group of girls lines up in intersecting lines. Night light falls on the dancers who are motionless. A ray of light spreads, illuminating the dancers: as the light illuminates, the pace of their movements accelerates.

Girls are divided into several groups, depicting in the dance patterns on the stage. Near the group, one dancer performs solo. Suddenly, the characters freeze, creating the picture with which the production began.

One of the dancers was late. She seeks to take her place among the other girls. A young man appears on the stage and rushes to the beauty, then all the other girls leave the stage. To the sound of a waltz, the girl dances with her partner until her friends appear. Then the dancer begins a dance with other girls, into which everyone is drawn in, and she and her beloved lead a common dance. The waltz comes to a smooth end, the dancers quietly leave the stage.

Five girls on the stage sit facing each other. Without hiding fun, they surrender to the power of dance. A young man runs out onto the stage and joins the dance of beauties. After the end of general fun, one girl remains on the stage, covering her face with her hands.

Another lady takes the young man to a lying dancer, he helps her up. Soon, the young man dances with the two partners at once, but he needs to make a choice. The girl who brought the young man to the stage requires all-consuming attention, and he obeys her. The left dancer falls again, rises, but falls again. The elongated body of the beauty is lifted by three young men, as if they participate in a certain procession.

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