Only few ballet performances do not categorize the personages into main characters, minor characters, and the crowd corps de ballet. In "The Long Christmas Dinner", each role is a bright solo with a unique pattern just as it is in a large family of several generations. Wherever they may be, whatever destiny they may have, they always get together around the table to enjoy the baked turkey for Christmas, and invite more people.
The new people are met by the housemaid with an ear-to-ear grin. The same maid escorts the family members to the exit, always in the one direction - counterclockwise. "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?", somebody says in another book by Thornton Wilder whose play serves as the basis for this choreographic plot. The flow of time is tangible in the famous "Four Seasons" by Vivaldi - all 12 parts of the four violin and orchestra concerts.
But the plot may not completely exclude any hierarchy of the personages, so let us try to guess why the maid with the tray is the only one who may enter and exit in all directions and return every time.
Premiered on the stage on December 29 and 30, 2014
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The act curtain is up and it turns out that the entire theatre company including men is wearing the neatly tailored grey dresses looking like those ones worn by the laundresses in the times before washing machine invention. The laundresses have an important task, they wash and rub off, whip and rinse out some invisible dirt particles of their clothes. And there goes a scrap of red fabric accepted as challenge by one of the laundresses.
This performance deals with the ability to run a risk, love, bravely withdraw from the environment that furiously resists it and, at the same time, manifests the femininity so skillfully uncovered and encountering the true noble male courage. The male and female soloist duet is especially charming in this time. And this outlines the story of one unique strong-willed girl standing out among the rest of the drabbies (who actually create an extremely sophisticated and orderly geometry of lines and shapes on the stage). However, the D-minor keyboard concert by J.S. Bach has nothing to do with gender stereotypes. No matter that the showbill says "women". The point is that the fate of any bright person deserves more, just as the destiny of any notable phenomenon or any powerful inspiration. Because petty intrigues and all kinds of vanities hate it more than the dirt. But that red clothe will definitely appear again and challenge someone else for sure.
Premiered on the stage on June 18 and 19, 2014
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