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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

31 January,  Wednesday
1 February,  Thursday

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.

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.

The performance is accompanied by English-language supertitles.

Soloists: Vocal ensemble N’Caged of Arina Zvereva


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