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13 June


On June 13, the New Tretyakov Gallery will host a preview of a fragment of L.A.D. — an evening of ballets to the music of Leonid Desyatnikov, one of today's most treasured Russian composers, who turned 65 in 2020.

The project’s music director is pianist Alexey Goribol, one of Desyatnikov’s most faithful performers. The choreographers are Vyacheslav Samodurov, Maxim Petrov, Maxim Sevagin, and Andrei Kaidanovsky. Set design by Maria Tregubova.

On June 13, the soloists of the Mariinsky Theater — Vasily Tkachenko and Nadezhda Batoeva — will perform a fragment from Maxim Petrov’s ballet set to music by Leonid Desyatnikov. The score will be performed by Alexey Goribol together with young musicians: cellist Vasily Stepanov and violinist Dennis Gasanov. The program will include the waltz “In Honor of Dickens,” music from the film “Moscow Nights,” “Variations on Obtaining of a Dwelling...” and two fragments from Desyatnikov's piano trio for the Alexandrinsky Theater’s performance “Living Corpse.”

L.A.D. (which stands for Leonid Arkadievich Desyatnikov) is a collaborative project between the Mart Foundation, the Ural Opera Ballet Theater, and the JOKERlab production agency.

The project will have its world premiere on October 2, 2021, at Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, also known as Ural Opera Ballet Theater. Shortly after the premiere, L.A.D. will embark on a tour of the USA, Israel, UK and European countries. The tour will be produced by the Mart Foundation.

Alexey Goribol is an outstanding Russian pianist, Honored Artist of Russia, author of original projects that combine classical music with theater, cinema, and ballet. It is to Alexey Goribol, the champion of Desyatnikov’s music and the first performer of most of the composer’s works for piano, that Leonid Desyatnikov dedicated his latest piano cycle “Songs of Bukovina.”

Maxim Petrov is a choreographer, recipient of the 2021 Golden Mask for Best Choreographer, dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet since 2012. In 2019, Maxim Petrov presented his ballet “Russian Deadlocks II” to the music by Nastasya Khrushcheva for Diana Vishneva’s Studio Context.