"Pétrouchka" Devil's clownery. Mariinsky Theatre.

Premiere 17 November 2017 Mariinsky theatre.


The composer Stravinsky created his Petrouchka in 1911, while the choreographer Varnava created his in 2017. In his adaptation of  the masterpiece, which has not lost its relevance over the last 106 years, the choreographer kept the contours of the libretto, but placed the characters in an entirely different environment. The amusing scenes were substituted with a devil’s clownery. No crowd at the fair, no people dressed up, no merchants or gypsies. Even the traditional bear was substituted with a panda and circus sideshows, made up of big-eared creatures wearing gray suits. "The plot of the ballet unfolds in Pétrouchka’s consciousness, represented in the form of a phantasmagorical circus," the choreographer says. "For us, Petrouchka is a person hunted by the collective, his talent lies in the fact that he senses things more deeply than others. A lonely soul, an individuality, who comes face to face with a crowd. He thinks about the concept of free will: does his own choice actually exist, or has everything been preordained and he is just a character with a role already written."

World premiere of the production: 25 May 2017, the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre 
Production premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 17 November 2017

Running time 40 minutes


Musical Director / Conductor - Valery Gergiev
Choreographer - Vladimir Varnava
Libretto - Vladimir Varnava, Konstantin Fedorov
Set and Costume Designer - Galya Solodovnikova
Lighting Designer - Igor Fomin
Choreographer assistant - Polina Mitryashina
Duration: 40 min


Conductor - Alexey Repnikov
Petrouchka - Vladimir Shklyarov/Alexander Sergeev
Death of Petrouchka - David Zaleev/Yaroslav Baybordin
Diva - Zlata Yalinich/Tatyana Tkachenko
Strongman - Yuri Smekalov/Eugene Deryabin
Sprechstalmeister - Grigory Popov/Vasily Shcherbakov