PEOPLE CIRCLE AROUND THEIR OWN EGOS WITH A CONSTANT LONGING FOR BALANCE. BUT THE POINT WHERE EVERYTHING IS IN EQUILIBRIUM IS UNREACHABLE.
EGOPOINT is the most recent choreography by Nadja Saidakova, principle dancer with the Staatsballett Berlin, and will have its Moscow premiere as a co-production with Theatre Ballet Moscow.
Nadja Saidakova’s choreographic work is inspired by her personal experiences: «How to find harmony between the incredible dynamism of our crazy lives and the deep human desire to discover oneself?» Her abstractly designed choreography circles around a little cosmos of human relations. Almost unnecessary to mention, Nadja Saidakova will draw on her extensive vocabulary of classical movements. She describes her choreographic momentum: “There are more ideas in a dancer’s body than one can actually retrieve; and the more experience you gather the bigger the urge for freedom.”
The EGOPOINT ballet music is a composition by The 7th Plain (Luke Slater’s Ambient and Experimental Project) and a journey put together using new and re-worked tracks.
Nadja Saidakova was born in Ishewsk (Russia). After her training at State Ballet Academy in Perm she started her dancing career at the Moscow Classical Ballet. In 1991 she settled to Germany, where she was invited by Heinz Spoerli to join the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf as Principal Dancer. Since 1995 she is Principal Dancer with the ballet company of Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, since 2004 with Staatsballett Berlin, when this company was founded under Artistic Director Vladimir Malakhov.
She danced a huge number of the classical leading parts and dramatic roles, she also feels at home in the neoclassical and contemporary repertoire, she inspired many choreographers to create on her personal skills. She danced in ballets by Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Béjart, Patrice Bart, Pierre Lacotte, John Cranko, Boris Eifman or Vladimir Malakhov, in choreographies by Peter Martins, Uwe Scholz, Nacho Duato, Christian Spuck, Itzik Galili or William Forsythe. She still is performing in almost the entire repertoire of Staatsballett Berlin as Principal Dancer.
She is prominently represented in other projects, such as the Russian dance film “Hamlet” (together with Vladimir Malakhov) or one of the projects by Gert Weigelt, the famous German dance photographer. As “female dancer of the year” she was acclaimed in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the German dance magazine “tanz”. Most recently the magazine “dance for you” pointed on Nadja Saidakova’s interpretation of Brünnhilde in Béjart’s “Ring um den Ring” and Tatyana in Cranko’s “Onegin” as the “Outstanding Female Performance” of the season 2012/2013.
Since 2005 Nadja Saidakova has been creating her own choreographies. “Just a little bit …”, (2005) and “Wake it” (2007) were performed within the format of “Shut up and dance!” of Staatsballett Berlin. In 2009 the Berliner Festspiele/spielzeit’europa commissioned her with a creation “Egopoint”. This choreography was developed with Luke Slater, a well-known musician from Berghain Berlin, a club which is active in the field of ambitious electronical music. Her latest work “Boson” she created for the triple bill “Masse”, a cooperational project of Staatsballett Berlin and Berghain Berlin, which was performed within a Berlin industrial architecture space.
Luke Slater (born 12 June 1968, Reading, England) is an English electronic musician, DJ and record producer, who has concentrated on techno since the beginning of the 1990s.
Born in Reading and raised in Horley, Slater’s early sound dalliances with his father’s reel to reel tape recorder and his drumming stints led to work in local record shops, including Jelly Jam in Brighton. By 1988, Slater was immersed in the embryonic acid house scene, DJing in London’s Heaven nightclub.
Slater began releasing original tracks under various monikers, and his single debut came in 1989 with Momentary Vision. Releases followed on DJax as Clementine, on General Production Recordings as 7th Plain, and as Morganistic (with Alan Sage), and especially on Peacefrog Records, with nearly a dozen of releases as The X-Tront as Planetary Assault Systems
After releasing four albums on Peacefrog, he issued 1997’s Freek Funk and Wireless two years later. His tracks “All Exhale” (2000) and “Nothing At All” (2002) reached #74 and #70 respectively in the UK Singles Chart.His first volume of the mix series Fear and Loathing appeared in 2001, on the React label. Alright on Top (2002) was an “album of songs” with vocals from Ricky Barrows and others featured on every track. The second volume of Fear and Loathing appeared in late 2004.
Music:Luke Slater (England)
Set design, costume design:Elena Lukyanova (Russia-Germany)
Performing: classic company