Music director and conductor: Marko Gašperšič
Conductor: Živa Ploj Peršuh
Stage adaptation: Jiří and Otto Bubeníček
Stage design: Otto Bubeníček
Costumes: Elsa Pavanel
Lighting: Jaka Šimenc
Doctor Zhivago, one of the most beautiful and touching love stories in the world of art, is a famous novel by the Russian writer Boris Pasternak, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. In this extraordinarily personal and philosophical story, the author also explores various aspects of the system and the impact of the Russian Revolution on humans and their social devaluation.
The Bubeníčeks’ ballet is set to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, the famous Russian composer and pianist who was a prominent figure in the music world in the 20thcentury. His brilliant music, which encouraged mankind to contemplate questions of humanism, is complemented by other equally exciting works by extraordinary composers such as Rachmaninov, Myaskovsky, Vasks and Schnittke. This blend of music is full of sharp contrasts and comic moments. The choreography is by the famous ballet artists, brothers Jiří and Otto Bubeníček, who, since completing their active dancing careers, have been creating successful works on prominent dance stages around the world. The music for this performance at the festival is played live by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Slovenian conductor Živa Ploj Peršuh
A recipient of the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for the role of Duval in Neumeier's The Lady of the Camellias. During his time with John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet, he performed all the major roles in the classical and contemporary repertoire. From 2006 until the end of his active dance career, he performed as the first soloist of the Semperoper Ballet Dresden. As a guest, Jiří Bubeníček was a recognised soloist on the world's leading dance stages, including the Paris Opera. He was a dance partner of famous ballerinas such as Polina Semionova, Svetlana Zakharova, Lucy Lacarra, Aurélie Dupont and Agnès Letestu. He has also performed in many dance, artistic and documentary films. In addition to his successful dance career, he has worked as a choreographer for over ten years. The following is a list of ballets performed literally all over the world: The Piano(Dortmund, 2014), TheSoldier's Tale (Gelsenkirchen, 2013), L’HeureBleue (Charlotte, USA, 2014), Prelude& Fugue (Tokyo, 2013), Gentle Memories (Lincoln Center, USA, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, 2012), Faun (Dresden 2012) and Outrenoir (Beijing, 2010). He is the recipient of many awards, including Danza & Danza (2009), Ballett Tanz − nomination for the title of Dancer of the Year, the Mary Wigman Award (2013), the aforementioned Prix Benois de la Danse (2002), and others.
Decadance is the work of the legendary Israeli Ohad Naharin, who has belonged to the ‘crème de la crème’ of modern world dance theatre for several decades. Although Decadance is a special combination of parts of entire works created by Ohad Naharin over the past decades, it is also a new form, since these earlier works are set in an original piece within the directorial line and choreographic structure of the entire evening. Ohad's powerful charisma, very specific geographic and cultural background, unique and original poetics of movement and expressive means in general inform a new spectacle especially for viewers, who have a strong, unusual experience at each performance.
The novella Death in Venice is one of Thomas Mann's masterpieces and is also very popular thanks to Visconti's legendary 1971 film. Valentina Turcu’s ballet drama Death in Venice is a reinterpretation of Mann's masterpiece set to Mahler's delicate yet passionate music reflecting the deepest emotions and the most complex states of mind. The creative and choreographic imagination is controlled by the eternal movement of the soul and gently enters the vast universe of emotions pulsating with the nearly imperceptible internal power of Eros.
Van Manen choreographed Trois Gnossiennes as a sensual duet about resignation, trust and harmony in consonance with Erik Satie's magical and melancholy music. 5 Tangos is built on the music of Astor Piazzolla. Highly popular with audiences, this work is charged with a fiery energy. A tango with something extra. Black Cake originated as a work celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Nederlands Dans Theater and is conceived as a festive parody in five parts based on humour – an irresistibly funny black cake.