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Mikhailovskiy Theatre premiered a mini-ballet based on Oleg Karavaychuk’s music


The limits of the possible are defined by light. Time has no essence. The stage looks either like a ring, a battlefield or a canvass – where “The Dance”, “Taking off the cross” and “World Creation” by Matisse are portrayed on. The eternally repeated motifs – the history of human hopes, struggles and doubts. Excitement and fatigue. Desperate attempts to overcome solitude. Expressive plasticity inside a glowing square – the physical embodiment of Oleg Karavaychuk’s music


Young and talented Israeli chorographer Roi Assaf has never been to Vasilievskiy Island where Karavaychuk lived. But having heard the music by St. Petersburg’s eccentric genius, he wrote – its excellent! He had to live up to his words and fulfill it in a dance. Assaf, who has choreographed in France and Holland and currently working at Israel’s “Batsheva” studio, has not seen St. Petersburg itself – he created the ballet for three dancers back in Tel Aviv.

Seventeen minutes of dense choreographic text. Oleg Karavaychuk’s music has been turned into a ballet for the first time. This is a joint project by Mikhailovskiy Theatre, the State Hermitage and the Karavaychuk Fund. The combination of music, movement and light. The composer’s legacy is still sparking debate. But any argument about “Gamma’s” logic is an integral part of life itself, which goes on inside the glowing square, beyond which is only the harrowing darkness.