Provincial Dances Theatre
Sepia and Les Noces
Sepia-Inspired by the novel Woman in the Dunes, by Kōbō Abe, Sepia examines the human state, transformation in time and, quite literally, in sand. The sand streams onto the dancers, covering the stage, dictating rhythms and images. The sand may not be stable, but for choreographer Tatiana Baganova it is the ultimate manifestation of strength.
Les Noces 20 years ago the Provincial Dances Theatre’s ballet Les Noces was proclaimed “the first iconic production of the new Russian dance theatre”. Based on the old ritual of Russian peasant weddings, the production remains legendary today. The ballet is based in Igor Stravinsky’s score, the composer described the piece as “Russian choreographic scenes with singing and music”. Tatiana Baganova moves freely between cultural layers and rhythm, appealing to various styles of dance. The production tells about the first meeting, the marriage proposal, preparations for rituals of a wedding and the sacred action in a unique language — through folk motives and reeling to modern dance.
Sepia by Provincial Dances Theatre
Staging and choreography: Tatiana Baganova
Music: excerpts from the Eighth Symphony by Avet Terteryan
Set and costume design: Anastasia Sokolova
Lighting design: Nina Indrikson Les Noces by Provincial Dances Theatre Staging and choreography: Tatiana Baganova Music: Les Noces by Igor Stravinsky performed by the Bach Choir (London) Set design: Yaroslav Frantsev Lighting design: Nina Indrikson Costume design: Yuri Pomelov