DEATH AND GIRL
Choreographer Isan Rustem, for his new work with the contemporary troupe of the Ballet Moscow Theater, chose Franz Schubert's landmark work String String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, which was assigned the unofficial name of Death and the Girl. Schubert wrote the song "Death and the Girl" to the verses of the German poet Matthias Claudius in 1816 long before the creation of the quartet. The melody of this song appears in one of the parts of the quartet.
Schubert’s complex and varied score offers many options for creating choreographic text. Just as Schubert wrote this music, knowing that it would be the last, the choreographer invited the artists to dance as if it was their last dance: to meet face to face with ideas about their capabilities and push the boundaries of these ideas.
The goal set by the choreographer was to pay tribute to the composer's brilliant score and reproduce extreme musicality through physical form, to challenge the speed and sensitivity of this score.
The premiere of the performance will be accompanied by a string quartet - Ad Liditum.
Musicians: Anton Yakushev - violin, Ekaterina Kuzevanova - violin, Elena Fedotova - viola, Denis Kalinsky - cello
“Second cast” - these are seven stories about a lost person in search of his place on earth. There are no names in this story, because the performance is about the status of anyone who is pushed into the background.
It all started after an apple bite, when the “first composition” became the “second”. The hero, discovering that he is only a copy “in the image and likeness,” suffers from this and, in his desire to approach the original, feels his mediocrity and secondary.
But by what criteria does society determine its heroes? What is the main plan, and is there any? The heroes will find the answer when the awareness of their secondary nature makes them ironic over their own ambitions in order to merge with the masses, and, lo and behold! - find yourself by revealing your own originality.
Sitting in the shade, invisible, but individual, they do not achieve the ideal, but cease to be a copy, becoming valuable originals for themselves.