Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
- Opéra de Lyon
3 hours 55 minutes
whose1 intermission (s)
- In Russian
The Enchantress is cancelled
Due to a national strike movement, The Enchantress representation on Tuesday, March 19th at 7.30pm is cancelled.
Portrait of an untamed artist
Andriy Zholdak is an exceptional director. Originally from Ukraine, he studied in Moscow with Anatoli Vassiliev, a man of the theatre respected in France, and who is an exceptional teacher. Without wishing to reduce him to the status of a successor, it can still be stated that the master taught him his art, which should be a personal approach, both poetic and free, to the texts being staged.
I owe my discovery of him to Gogol’s novel, Taras Bulba, a tale in which can be found the legend of the Cossacks of Ukraine, and whose adaptation dazzled me in Saint Petersburg, while a crowd of astonished critics called it a scandal. Yes, it was a real scandal, but one that opened wide the doors of the theatre to journeys from disturbing visual solutions, with space sliced up in an original way, using materials that, gradually, turned out to be the constants of Zholdak’s world. In particular milk, a nutriment which, in large quantities, stands out on the stage thanks to its whiteness, as well as the mythology of fertility associated with it. Zholdak has a broad vision and aims at excess: it is his rebellious identity which, without either reservation or censorship, affirms itself with an incandescence that cannot be seen anywhere else.
With no precautions, Zholdak throws himself, body and soul, into the idea of providing direct, personal, original illustrations of the relationship of the struggle that has already been set up with the work in hand. He does not offer an “interpretation” of it, but rather a series of confessions, dreams or visions about what it inspires in him. He invites us to an affirmed “stage universe”, which can sometimes seem almost autonomous. On examining this artist’s career, what emerges, discreetly, is his attraction for mythological female figures; he affirms their constant power of seduction and explores them, while keeping their inexpressible explosive side. They are not iconic women, but volcanic women, the source of nameless conflagrations and extreme passions. He has thus built up a genuine group, going from Medea to Electra, from Phaedra to the Princess Turandot, or from Anna Karénine to Madame Bovary... with him, women stand out as the explosive centre of his world. Zholdak has also put on memorable productions of Shakespeare, in particular Othello. What is more, it remains associated to a unique work of adaptation of classic novels, such as The Idiot, or else modern works that have marked our society, in particular in Russia: Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (2003), Erofeyev’s Life with an Idiot (2007) or, more recently, Stanislas Lem’s Solaris (2017). Here, his involvement in the language of the stage, displayed with an unseen intensity disturbs, and shakes us up; he draws the audience to him passionately, if they can only accept to take part in such a radical experience. His latest masterpiece was Ibsen’s Rosmersholm (2016), a meditation on the commotion between love and faith!
Opera in four acts, 1887
Libretto by Ippolit Shpazhinsky
Andriy Zholdak et les équipe lumières de l'Opéra de Lyon
Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra de Lyon