after a story by Alexander Puschkin - 2021

Choreography Andrey Kaydanovskiy · Composer Lorenz Dangel | New Production

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Andrey Kaydanovskiy
Lorenz Dangel
Gavin Sutherland
Set Design
Karoline Hogl
Costume Design
Arthur Arbesser
Christian Kass
Serge Honegger

  • Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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Resident choreographer Andrey Kaydanovskiy transforms Alexander Pushkin's eponymous novella The Blizzard into contemporary ballet language. The piece will premiere and open the Ballet Festival Week in April 2021.  Though the novella is standard school reading material in Russian culture, the 1831 story is rather little known in other countries. Of aristocratic stock, the young Marya falls in love with the poor young officer Vladimir, to her parents' chagrin. The couple's decision to marry in secret, however, is thwarted by fate, as on the way to the church at night the two lovers' miss each other in a blizzard. Vladimir thinks he has been rejected and goes to the war, where he is among the fallen. After Marya falls seriously ill the tale takes a surprising twist ... 

As did Alexander Pushkin, in his first full-length narrative ballet Andrey Kaydanovskiy also gets to grips with the story's underlying themes: What role does fate actually play? Is there such a thing as self-determination or is all just coincidence? How do people deal with such issues? Together with renowned film and theatre composer Lorenz Dangel and set designer Karoline Hogl, Kaydanovskiy develops his very own interpretation of the novella with contemporary resources and sounds. Following on from the two works that celebrated world premieres as part of À Jour in the Prinzregententheater, Discovery and Cecil Hotel, he is now creating a piece for the big stage for the first time.

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Resident Choreographer

Andrey Kaydanovskiy was born in Moscow (Russia). After his education in Moscow, Stuttgart (Germany) and Vienna (Austria) he joined the ballett of the Vienna State Opera. His extensive repertoire includes various solo roles in classical and contemporary pieces. He has worked with numerous renowned choreographers. In 2009 he presented his first own choreography and during the next years several others followed. In April 2013 his first work for the Vienna State Ballet was Zeitverschwendung (Waste of Time). In October 2013 the first performance of The Ugly Duckling (ballet in one act) at the Volksoper Wien took place. Other projects followed: he was in charge of the complete opening of the "Life Ball 2014", involving artists from all genres and choreographed a piece for 5 dancers to Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus.

His piece Love Song, choreographed for the event "Young Choreographers ’14" at the Odeon Theater in Vienna was also presented in Slovakia, Germany and was staged for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. On February 27, 2016 his piece Tea or Coffee successfully premiered at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow and led to a closer collaboration with the theatre where he later created Pajama Party, sharing the evening with works of Balanchine and Kylián, and Birthday Waltz for the 100-Year-Anniversary of the theatre.

He created two works for Bundesjugendballett (Hamburg), Igor Stravinsky´s Firebird for the Vienna State Ballett, Perfect Example for the Czech National Ballet and Solo for Sergei Polunin at the Origen Festival in Switzerland. Fable, which premiered in March 2018 at Taganka Theatre in Moscow, was his first full-length piece as stage director and choreographer for actors in a Drama Theatre. For the TV broadcast of the New Years Concert 2019 of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which was broadcast in almost 100 countries worldwide, he choreographed Künstlerleben Waltz and Pazman-Csárdás by Johann Strauss II with the Vienna State Ballet. 

He received the Special Prize as "Best Dance Theatre Performer and Choreographer" at the International Dance Festival TANZOLYMP in Berlin, is awarded with the "German Dance Award 2016" in the category "future" and was nominated for two categories for "The Golden Mask" in Russia.

His piece Discovery premiered in July 2017 in Munich. The new creation Cecil Hotel will premiere on 28 June 2019 with À Jour - Contemporary Choreographies

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