On International Children's Day, June 1, the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre will present a new performance - the children's ballet Four Seasons to the music of Alexander Glazunov.
Young artists, students of the Krasnoyarsk Choreography College will participate in the performance. The production team includes bright talented contemporary artists: Sophia Gaidukova and Konstantin Matulevsky are Four Seasons’ choreographers, directors, libretto authors, lighting designers. The set of the show is created by theatre designer Irina Brinkus.
“Our heroes are ordinary children who find themselves in a magical world where the Seasons and the Forces of Nature look like them. During this journey, the children will have to get to know Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn, as well as each other and the world around them. They’ll have to overcome their own fears and find new friends, learn to make friends, help their beloved ones, rejoice and dance.” Sophia Gaidukova said.
Sophia has been dancing since early childhood. Her grandmother is a famous Soviet ballerina, principal dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre, initiator of the reform of choreographic education, head of a choreography school Sophia Nikolaevna Golovkina. Sophia Gaidukova graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreograph; later, she received a ballet master's education at the GITIS (Russian Institute of Theatre Arts), where she now teaches.
Sophia has been principal dancer of the classical and contemporary company of the theatre Moscow Ballet for 14 years. For the role of Isolde in the performance Tristan + Isolde: Fragments, she was nominated for the Golden Mask award in 2014. Sophia choreographed the pieces the ballet Arabesque for the competition of artists in Perm. She was engaged in staging performances at the DANZOLYMP dance festival in Berlin, a competition held as part of Diana Vishniova's CONTEXT project, as well as the Dance Platform in Yekaterinburg. In 2019, she won the Soul of Dance award in the category Contemporary Dance Star. Sophia staged pieces for various television projects on Channel One, TNT, Russia-1, Russia-Culture; she was the curator of the third season of the Bolshoi Ballet television show.
Konstantin Matulevsky graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet as a ballet dancer and later acquired the profession of a theatre, film, television director at the Boris Yukhananov Individual Directing Workshop. He was a principal dancer in the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre and the Moscow Ballet Theatre; he even worked as a video designer with St. Petersburg music bands Ole Lukoye, RAGGAPOP Genossenschaft, ELECTRO DUB COMPANY.
After they had formed a creative duo, Sophia Gaidukova and Konstantin Matulevsky staged the following performances: Other Words (as part of the Bolshoi Theatre project Faces), Orchestra (at the theatre Moscow Ballet), Paradise (at the CONTEXT Festival), and others. The children's ballet Four Seasons that’ll be performed on the stage of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre will be their new joint project.