An even grimmer picture of pubessent afflictions was drawn by Provincial Dances, with a stylised and overloaded version of "Les Noces", to Stravinsky's music of the same name , choreographed by Tatiana Baganova. That candles are blown out at the start makes for a dramatic accent, and is at the same time a play on the fate of the young bride after the wedding. It is not difficult to recognize the mark of Bronislava Nijinska in the sombre and gloomy atmosphere and in the twisted up, angular movements in unison. In Baganova's version, the story is about distinct individuals instead of a collective, and is told in solos and a variety of interactive forms.
Ballet International Tanz Aktuelle
Stravinsky's «SVADEBKA» staged by Tatiana Baganova looks scandalously broken with cuts still it is a success. The choreographer juggles with cultural layers like a virtuoso. Now she sends spectators to Vatslav Nizhinsky`s archaic static's, now she switches on folklore «body's memory» now she uses rhythms of the modern rap. With a lot of quotations, Baganova creates a language of amazing integrity. She manipulates with subjects and space easily, constructs a very difficult polyphony of visual effects. With the help of seven dancers, Baganova takes power of all might of music, stages mise en scenes in masterly fashion. This is the best performance from the festival program and is sure to be a nominee on «The Golden Mask».
Baganova's «SVADEBKA» reveals dark and tragic aspects of the Russian ceremony. Everything is designed precisely and laconically: mise en scene, sharp plastics, shrewd play with quotations, careful use of folklore. Yet, outward restraints intensify the emotional outburst. There is neither a strain nor pseudo-Russian pathos in the performance about a bride's cry. «SVADEBKA» by the Ekaterinburg troupe is the only event of the whole festival.
Brilliantly expressed ceremonial origins, distinct national character, personal relationship to the chosen music, rich and expressive manner - you can find everything in this piece.