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Drillalians. Episode I. Dmitri Kourliandski

An opera series over five evenings with music by six composers
Director: Boris Yukhananov
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Duration: 1 hour 10 min.

Nearest performances

20 February,  Wednesday
20:00
21 February,  Thursday
20:00

The premiere took place on 8 June 2015.

The opera tells about the brith, initiation and adventures of a Drillalian Prince. According to the laws of Drillalia, this all occurs simultaneously in the future, the present and the past – time frames and events intertwine whimsically in the young man’s maturing consciousness. 

We find ourselves on the top deck of a gondola barge, a structure that transports Drillalian gondolas in space and time. Before us opens up a panorama of the magical civilization of Drillalia. We encounter Drillalians who, at this very moment, are engaged in a sacred ritual, and we hear their mournful songs dedicated to Drillalia, which is in the process of perishing, but is incapable of perishing entirely.

The performance is accompanied by English-language supertitles.

Drillalians in cinemas

The Stanislavsky Electrotheatre's production of Drillalians begins showing in cinemas worldwide in high-quality video in April 2018. The screenings are the work of the Stage Russia HD project. Stage Russia will show the first two parts of the six-part opera series (music by Dmitri Kourliandski and Boris Filanovsky) as a single film in various cities throughout the United States, Britain and Ireland. The list of cinemas where Drillalians I and II will be shown is constantly updated on the project website. For more information, visit here

This, the first of two evenings of overtures, tells the epic tale of the phantasmagorical civilization of Drillalia, which exists parallel to earth. The work's chief protagonist, a prince, must save his magical land from destruction. In this first episode, Drillalians occupy the deck of the transportational device that transfers their gondolas through space and time during a ritual dedicated to the perishing of the world.

The fragile, crystal-clear music of Dmitri Kourliandski "heats the street," making the air of the stage space visible. Gondolas carrying singers or readers sail back and forth in front of a spectacular multi-screen backdrop on which colorful, luminescent clouds constantly float high above a stylized, heavenly Venice. Boris Yukhananov uses Venice as one of the portals leading to the mythical civilization of the Drillalians.

Soloists: Vocal ensemble N’Caged of Arina Zvereva

It is something really unique: it takes you to a completely different place. I was immersed ... no, I was in a trance, but in a different atmosphere, a different creative space. Drillalians gave me the impulse for new creative ideas. Amazing energy! - Vasily Tsereteli, gallery owner
The Stanislavsky Electrotheatre and its new artistic director Boris Yukhananov have created something very uncomfortable for the Russian theatre and music community: It is called Drillalians. Virtually everything about it, beginning with the fact that for the first time a Russian dramatic theatre has commissioned and staged a modern opera, displaces the public and the critics from their comfort zone The Stanislavsky Electrotheatre and its new artistic director Boris Yukhananov have created something very uncomfortable for the Russian theatre and music community: It is called Drillalians. Virtually everything about it, beginning with the fact that for the first time a Russian dramatic theatre has commissioned and staged a modern opera, displaces the public and the critics from their comfort zones. - Ilya Kukharenko, Colta.ru

Performers

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Незримый хор - ансамбль QUESTA MUSICA, художественный руководитель Мария Грилихес

Первое сопрано
Людмила Ерюткина/Татьяна Кокорева
Второе сопрано
Мария Грилихес/Анна Шавердьян
Первый альт
Екатерина Коломина/Мариам Аветисян
Второй альт
Анастасия Полянина/Наталья Романова
Первый тенор
Александр Феодулов/Никита Михайлов
Второй тенор
Евгений Сапелов/Владимир Старцев
Первый бас
Николай Басов/Владимир Красов
Второй бас
Дмитрий Волков/Василий Коростелёв
Кентавры
Кирилл Чурин, Иван Никитин, Никита Нечаев, Павел Сличенко
Принц и Русалочки
Ева Чижевская
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Олег Кравцов/Антон Терехов, кларнет;
Илья Феропонтов/Виктор Васин/Николай Каменев, труба;
Андриан Принцев/Михаил Оленев, тромбон;
Михаил Дубов/Мария Садурдинова, фортепиано;
Сергей Чирков/Мария Власова/Александр Селиванов, баян;
Андрей Винницкий/Дмитрий Щелкин, ударные;
Александр Суворов/Яков Карасев/Андрей Никитин, ударные;
Елизавета Кошкина/Екатерина Назарова/Дарья Дверник; скрипка;
Эмиль Саларидзе/Регина Костанди, альт;
Илья Рубинштейн/Анна Щеголева, виолончель;
Игорь Солохин/Сергей Карачун/Антон Изгагин, контрабас

 

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