Ballet based on poem by T. Shevchenko “THE DREAM”
Libretto A. Varun
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
The Premiere was occurred on 9 March 2014
To the 200th anniversary of the birth of T.G. Shevchenko
This performance is the artistic contribution of our theater to the international celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Great Kobzar. According to Alexander Varun (author and director) of performance “A soul of a poet “, a poem ” The Dream ” is not only a political pamphlet and satire about Imperial Russia during the times of Emperor Nikolai I. It’s like the quintessence of Shevchenko’s life and work, his artistic autobiography. In the “dream,” the hero of the poem sees “Paradise on earth” – his native Ukraine, with the strange nature and suffering people. He hears a “bell of chains” flying over Siberia, and it’s like a mystical prophecy of his future soldier. “A soul of a poet” falls into the capital, with the luxurious palaces. The most important events in Shevchenko’s life occurred there. So, “A soul of a poet” tries to comprehend a beautiful but cruel and unfair world.
Libretto, scenography and production by Alexander VARUN
Choreographer – Natalia KLISHINA
Art-designer- Oleg ERMOLENKO
Costume designer – Angelina MOROZOVA
The performance is the winner (1st place) of Dnipropetrovsk regional theater Festival devoted to the 200th anniversary of T. Shevchenko.
Oh, what a vision rare I saw
In sleep that night…
Libretto of the ballet
Evening. The poet is standing next to a painting not yet written.
Scene 1. “A sinful paradise”
Night. A poet falls asleep. He sees all the sins and vices of man by spiritual vision. Laziness, Debauchery, Gluttory, Anger, Greed, Hubris, Envy…”In this world every one -The princes, and the beggars, too, They all are Adam’s sons. Both he… and he… What’s this I prate? ” The poet is a sinner, like all Adam’s children. He tries to resist temptations, but the charms catch up and don’t let to go him.
White bird symbolizes the pure Soul of the Poet. It repel of evil spirits which personifying a mortal sins. A “soul” reveal to him the “spirit of truth”, which the sinful world don’t see and don’t accept it. “And as for you, my dear Ukraine, I’ll leave the clouds behind. And fall with dew to talk with you, Poor widow-country mine”.
Scene 2. “Paradise for Ukrainians”
Morning. A beautiful girls and the Kosar are full of strength, they are working in the field. An alarming and formidable counterpoint to the pastoral picture- a Cossac with rhythmic powerful blows of a huge hammer. A Poet was pilled with water by a widow. The Kobzar sings. There is no happiness in this “paradise”. The girl doesn’t find a sympathy. The master humiliates and insults people: tears off the last Cripple’s clothes, sneers at the Widow, he sends a guy to the army… Confused in the net, blinded, deceived, exhausted, Cossac falls on the hard labor.
Scene 3. “A convict paradise “
A day. “Then suddenly the wasteland shook. As though their coffins they forsook, On that, the final Judgment Day, The dead arise to justice claim. No, these are not the dead at all, And not to judgement claim! They’re people – living, breathing men In heavy irons chained”. Among the desperate criminals, thieves, robbers, murderers – a prisoner of conscience, ” And there, amid those wretched dregs, In iron chains he stands: The king of freedom! World-wide king, Crowned with a convict’s brand! “. The Cossack embodies the freedom-loving spirit of the people. A heavy burden falls upon the poet’s heart suffer of prisoners.
A Poet and ” the Soul-Bird” fly to the capital.
Scene 4. “Imperial Paradise”
Evening, then – the night. A Poet sees “The city’s of enormous size. Perhaps in Turkey, Or in Germany, Or, maybe, even Muscovy: With churches, palaces galore, Big-bellied masters score on score, And not a solitary home! ” Poet meets a Homie, Why all the fuss?” “What a khokhol, Can’t see it’s a parade! ” In the palace is a magnificent ball. Among the guests- nobles, Moskals, Homie and others. A pompous ball turn into a coven of evil spirits, werewolfs and bears instead of Tsar and Queen. wild boars and turkeys around there. Only the “Soul-Bird” presages a new dawn…
Dawn. How much can you sleep? The poet wakes up.
BIRD- Anastasia Furmanets
ANGER- Vyacheslav Adadurov
GLUTTORY- Alexander Nagorny
COSSAC- Oleg Voloshchenko
GUY- Vyacheslav Adadurov
GIRL- Olga Terekhova
WIDOW- Ilona Malysheva
1st Reaper- Anastasia Furmanets
3rd Reaper- Marina Zubko
4th Reaper- Anna Furmanets
2nd Prisoner- Vyacheslav Adadurov
3rd Prisoner- Maxim Ogir
GREED- Evgeny Bosenko
OFFICIAL- Evgeny Bosenko
HOMIE- Maxim Ogir
QUEEN- Anna Furmanets
GENERAL- Alexander Nagorny
TOADY SILVER- Vyacheslav Adadurov
1st LADY-IN-WAITING- Olga Terekhova
2nd LADY-IN-WAITING- Anastasia Furmanets
3rd LADY-IN-WAITING- Anna Furmanets
6th LADY-IN-WAITING- Marina Zubko
A POET- Artem Malovichko
GREED- Bogdan Didenko
LAZINESS- Dmitry Kotelnikov
ENVY- Maxim Monastirsky
KOBZAR- Ruslan Kuksenko