This is an outstanding project in which the Neva Foundation has chosen to join forces with the talented young theatre director Vladimir Pankov, a leading light amongst an up-and-coming generation of young Russians who are crossing boundaries in multi-disciplinary artistic approaches.
In his newest creation the young director intertwines the fates of two avant-garde poets, Vladimir Maïakovski and Jean Cocteau, in the Myth of Orpheus, with the intention of bringing contemporary theatre back to its ancient origins. In 1849, Richard Wagner developed the notion of "Gesamstkunstwerk", the total work of art, that inspired many theatre directors over the following century and onwards. The German composer proposed that the theatre's future would lie principally in the juxtaposition of three art forms : dance, music and poetry.
At the dawning of the 21st century in Moscow, Vladimir Pankov reinvented Wagnerian ideas through "SounDrama", a show which design is conceived to bring together different forms of art.
What is this new production like according to Vladimir Pankov ? "Rather than saying what will happen, I prefer to begin by describing the team of actors that will participate in this creation, because their interpretation is the most important element in this work. There will be Sergey Zelmiansk, the resident choreographer of our Moscovite theatre group, along with our composer, Serguey Rodyukov with Russian musicians, and other performers from Switzerland. Then the singers of the Moscow and Lausanne Opera will appear and finally three young dancers from the renowned Béjart Ballet school. This is a collaborative artwork", said Vladimir Pankov.
This creation was presented at the Vidy-Lausanne Theatre from 19th to 30th March, 2012.
Production company : Vidy-Lausanne Theatre
Coproduction : International Theatre Festival Anton Chekhov, Moscow
Partner:Consulate of the Russian Federation, Lausanne
Rudra-Béjart School Lausanne