RUSSIAN PREMIERE OF "OCTAVIA. TREPANATION"
RUSSIAN PREMIERE OF OCTAVIA. TREPANATION, AN OPERA DIRECTED BY BORIS YUКHANANOV AND COMPOSED BY DMITRI KOURLIANDSKI
The performance will be shown as an entry in the International Festival-School of Contemporary Art TERRITORY
Octavia. Trepanation, an opera directed by Boris Yukhananov and composed by Dmitri Kourliandski, marked the first time that the Holland Festival had mounted a co-production with a Russian theatre. The premiere took place as part of the main program of the 70th anniversary running of the Holland Festival in June 2017 on the stage of Muziekgebouw, Europe’s largest platform for the performance of contemporary music. Octavia. Trepanation is a musical reflection on the theme of violence and tyranny. The libretto is based on a 1924 essay by Leon Trotsky about Lenin and fragments of a play attributed to Seneca about the Roman emperor Nero.
A special version of the opera has been created for the Russian premiere, which will be held at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in October 2019. It is a unique example of an interdisciplinary project existing at the intersection of contemporary music, installation and theatre.