The Time ballet

Music by Avro Part
Choreography by Anatoly Emelianov

Time… We do not hear it pass. We neither feel it nor see it. Yet in our every thought, movement, word, it beats with the incessant pulse of eterniry. It seems it is not present. Not true. Slowly, imperceptibly, with secret aspiration, it moves step-by-step forward, and to it the distant future opens the door. It would seem time is here – not born yet! But look, it has already disappeared from the face of the earth forever, leaving only vague memories which completely dissolve in seconds,minutes, years. How painful to realize this thought, and how hard to be hopeful and aspire to something knowing the result is it sending. Stop! Inhale this time – just now – it is yours and yours alone. Understand it and do not condemn.

Arvo Part was born in 1935. In the early period of his creative work he stacked dissonance on dissonance, in deliberately rude collages he confronted the eternal styles of the past with the chaos of modernity and that’s why he was a disgraced Soviet artist. Then he made a stylistic turn of 180 degrees, limiting his manner to transparent and strict writing based on models of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Since this was done not on external, but for internal reasons, he still remained a disgraced artist and in 1980 left USSR.

Part is a composer of great wholeness and inner strength; To this were added the confluence of facts of biography and luck – Part became one of the most performed contemporary academic composers.

The composer is deeply religious, and if so – supra-peaceful, and in this deeply consistent. Therefore, every time it is difficult to explain what the hermetic stinginess of his opuses is caused by – loyalty to high dogma or by observing his own brand.