MOON ACROSS THE WAY
The Theater Ballet Moscow is presenting absolutly new program of contemporary ballet.
MOON ACROSS THE WAY.
The ballet was inspired by a collection of poems by Jorge Luis Borges – an Argentinian writer, essayist and poet, one of the founders of the avant-garde movement in the Latin American poetry. Borges was made famous by his mystic fantasies which often disguise discussion of the fundamental philosophical problems or take the form of adventure or even detective stories.
Creating MOON ACROSS THE WAY the choreographer relied primarily on two works of the poet: My Whole Life and Anticipation of Love. As Borges’ poetry, Anton Pimonov’s ballet does not tell a story, but is a choreographic reflection on philosophy of life which takes form of a flight of fantasy.
“We take the romantic, dreamy atmosphere overflowing from the Borges’ poetry in the Moon across the way collection and transfer this sensation to the choreographic composition. In essence this ballet is a story of a couple danced by all participants of the performance, who present this relationship from various points of view and at different angles as if shown on various screens. This chorographic fantasy is based on a lyrical pas de deux for ten dancers”.
Anton Pimonov, choreographer
String septette Shaker Loops by American minimalist composer John Adams was the background which inspired the work of the choreographer. Adams’ music transfers the action on stage to the “wonderful nowhere”, the mystical mirror-world, where love turns into a dream, and dream into reality. The first part of the composition has a high tempo, which strikes sparks of passion causing an explosion which casts the pairs of dancers to a specific choreographic line.
Arina Boganova, a young fashion designer, designed costumes for this ballet. It is her second collaboration with Pimonov in ballet theater; first time Arina designed costumes for Violin Concerto No2 for the Mariinsky Theater.
Konstantin Binkin, a young artist from Saint-Petersburg designed the light which would move the ballet dancers to the Moon. In the last two years Konstantin actively collaborates with the Mariinsky Theater, where he designed light for ballet Le Divertissment du Roi (choreographer Maxim Petrov, 2015) and 2016 performances of “A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers”: SeasonS by Ilya Zhivoi, Labyrinth, Elegy. Ophelia by Ksenia Zvereva, Last Conversation by Andrei Merkuriev and Pavlovsk by Maxim Petrov.
ANTON PIMONOV, CHOREOGRAPHER
Anton Pimonov was born in Volgograd. In 1999 he graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (prof. Yu.I. Umrikhin) and immediately was accepted to the Mariinsky Theater company. Anton took part in performances of Balanchine, Ratmansky, Neumeier, Forsythe, Preljocai, Miroshnichenko, Simonov.
In 2013 as part of a Mariinksy Theater project “A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers” Anton Pimonov presented a one-act ballet Choreographic Game 3×3 with music of Johann Peter Pixis, which became part of the Theater’s repertoire.
In April 2014 ballet Inside the Lines by Anton Pimonov premiered in the Mariinsky Theater with Maurice Ravel’s music (Piano Concerto in G major).
In July 2016 in commemoration of the 125-year anniversary of Prokofiev Anton Pimonov choreographed Violin Concert No. 2 starring Victoria Tereshkina, prima-ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater.
In the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Yacobson Ballet Theater Anton Pimonov choreographed Romeo and Juliet, Iberia, In the Rhythm of Dreams. All three performances were nominated for the Theater Prize Golden Soffit.
In the second season of the TV Kultura program “Bolshoi Ballet” Anton Pimonov choreographed a short ballet performance for principal dancers of the Mariinsky Theater E. Latypov and N. Batoeva.
Since 2015 Anton Pimonov collaborates with the Perm State Choreographic College as choreographer of performances and one-act ballets for graduation presentation and ballet dancers competition “Arabesque”.
In 2016 Anton Pimonov was member of the musical theater jury of the Russian National Theater Award the Golden Mask.
Contemporary ballet evening
Choreography: Anton Pimonov
Music: John Adams (USA)
Costume design: Arina Boganova
Lighting design: Konstantin Binkin
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Juanjo Arques, Nadja Saidakova