Ekaterinburg ballet



Ballet-journey in 2 acts

Libretto by Viacheslav Samodurov, based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen

Choreography by Viacheslav Samodurov

Music by Artem Vassiliev


Premiere in St. Petersburg

 April 13, 2017, 19:00

Alexandrinsky Theatre




A bright, flying, light, multi-coloured performance that will amaze and surprise children and make adults ponder.


In new Samodurov’s Snow Queen the substrate from the Christian moralite was recoded into the philosophical parable about finding yourself.

Musical Seasons

[Ballet] in a very Andersen style hides in the form of a fairy tale a deep and frightening idea of loneliness, parting and empty heart.



Why the Dance Open starts the programme of the festival with The Snow Queen?

Well, it is one of the major Russian premieres of the 2016/2017 Season. It is an amazing and rare example of the cooperation between a theatre and a contemporary composer: the ballet scores were commissioned to Artem Vassiliev and they were created in a duet with choreographer Vyacheslav Samodurov (isn’t it reminiscent of the work of Prokofiev and Lavrovsky on Romeo and Juliet?)

It is the feast for the eyes thanks to the scenography by the prominent graphic designer Eric Belousov, who has made his debut in theatre with this work, and costumes by Irena Belousova.

The quest fairy tale with fantastic characters and magical transformations will entertain any child while an adult audience will think about how one can lose contact with the loved creatures even when staying close to them. And, maybe, they will pay a bit more attention to their little Kai and Gerda.

In a new Snow Queen there are many features of a classical ballet, but this is a modern ballet that looks with envy on musicals, feels passion for the new opera directing and regularly visits Avant-guard museums.


Choreographer — Viacheslav Samodurov, the winner of the Golden Mask Award

Conductor — Pavel Klinichev, the winner of the Golden Mask Award

Production Designer — Eric Belousov

Costume Designer — Irena Belousova, the winner of the Golden Mask Award

Light Designer — Nina Indrikson

Performed by:

Gerda — Miki Nisiguti
Kai — Alexey Selivestrov
The Snow Queen — Larisa Lyushina
The Flower — Mikhail Khushutin
The Grandmother — Nadezhda Shamshurina
The Crow — Igor Bulytsin
The Starling — Evgeniy Balobanov
The Bird — Karina Rafalson
The Little Troll — Yana Merinovich
The Old Robber Woman — Anastasia Bagaeva
The Citizens (soloists) — Daria Abakumova, Viktor Mekhanoshin, Maria Astanina, Maxim Klekovkin
The Citizens — Anastasia Bagaeva, Olesya Mamylova, Daria Chernysh, Yulia Selkova, Xenia Panova, Francesca Bancetto, Yulia Koroleva, Camila Abrakhmanova, Yana Merinovich, Evgeniy Balobanov, Ivan Mokhnatkin, Roman Igoshev, Vadim Yeremin, Gleb Alferov, Vsevolod Shamshurin, Anton Guzeev, Alexey Markov
The Snowflakes (1 act) — Inna Avdeeva, Natalia Druzhinina, Tatiana Mevkh, Diana Yeremeeva, Liri Vakabayashi, Yana Guzeeva, Elena Safonova
The Blue Trolls — Mikhail Nikolaev,
Konstantin Khlebnikov, Felix Konkov, Ivan Sobrovin
Waltz at the Conservatory — Olesya Mamylova, Yana Guzeeva, Anastasi Rakitina, Karina Rafalson, Gleb Alferov, Roman Igoshev, Gleb Sageev, Tomokha Terada, Natalia Druzhinina, Veronika Selivanova, Liri Vakhabayashi, Tatiana Mevkh, Maxim Klekovkin, Evgeniy Balobanov, Ivan Mokhnatkin, Stepan Kosygin, Daria Abakumova, Elena Safonova, Anastasia Bagaeva, Maria Astanina, Konstantin Khlebnikov, Anton Guzeev, Vadim Yeremin, Vsevolod Shamshurin
The Robbers — Viktor Mekhanoshin, Mikhail Rafalson, Anton Guzeevm Vsevolod Shamshurin, Ivan Mokhantkin
The Snowflakes (2 act) — Elena Safonova, Tatiana Mevkh, Inna Avdeeva, Diana Yeremeeva, Liri Vakhabayashi, Regina Abdyusheva, yulia Selkova, Xenia Panova
The Guardians — Maxim Klekovkin, Evgeniy Balobanov, Fidan Daminev, Stepan Kosygin



World Premiere: 10 December 2016, the Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Duration: 2 hours with one intermission