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Mar 06, 2020

Laurencia returns to the Erkel Theater after 50 years

Following a hiatus of almost 50 years, Laurencia returns to the stage with a revised and fresh choreography by Michael Messerer.

Laurencia premieres at the Erkel Theater tonight at the start of a week-long run.

Following a hiatus of almost 50 years, Laurencia returns to the stage with a revised and fresh choreography by Michael Messerer. The new Hungarian National Ballet production is a theatrical classic intertwined with fiery Spanish rhythms.

The dramatic story inspired by Lope de Vega’s Fuente Ovejuna unfurls amidst virtuoso solos and duets, harmonious ensembles, and exciting crowd scenes: the community rises up against the blind, aggressive authority for forcefully putting an end to a dawning love.

The original choreography was created by the Vakhtang Chabukiani. The music is an example of the close cooperation between the original creators: Alexander Krein supported all efforts of writing a choreography that followed the traditions of Romantic Russian ballet.

Chabukiani’s choreography was rejuvenated by Michael Messerer, with costume designer Nóra Rományi and set designer István Rózsa reimagining the original plans of Vadim Ryndin for this magnificent performance featuring Étoiles of the Hungarian National Ballet: Tatiana Melnik and Aliya Tanykpayeva in the title role. The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra is conducted by internationally renowned guest conductor Pavel Sorokin.

Further dates: March 7, 8, 11 and 12. Find out more here.

Photo credit: Fidelio