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«Metamorphoses» Dance & Plastic Studio

About The Studio

  Metamorphoses Dance Studio was founded in August, 1991 as children's troupe of Carnival concert hall in Saint Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity.
History

Inspirers:

  • Maurice Bejart (www.bejart.ch);
  • Marcel Marceau and Jean-Louis Barrault – actors, the French pantomime school;
  • Gennady Korenevsky – a teacher, a choreographer, a director, one of the first pupils of the Palace;
  • Nonna Yastrebova – a teacher, a soloist of Mariinsky theatre, a pupil of Agrippina Vaganova.

A creator: Elena Fedorova, a pupil and a follower of Gennady Korenevsky and Nonna Yastrebova.
The idea: To organize innovative training in a children’s choreographic group having a possibility to change it considering swift changing environment on the one hand, and basing on rich national and cultural traditions of Russia and St. Petersburg on the other hand. This idea was stated through the formula: a classical dance is a foundation, a contemporary dance is a building which basing on the foundation doesn’t have any limits in development. The result of such innovative training is a multiple personality educated in the field of contemporary Dance theatre.
Implementation phases: The proposed idea was used to solve creative tasks raised by “Carnival” Concert Hall in the end of the 80-ies. So, “Metamorphoses” dance studio was founded in August, 1991 as a children’s repertoire troupe of “CARNIVAL” Concert Hall. In the beginning the studio was the basic children’s group for most children’s city shows performed on the stage of “Carnival”, such as “The Firebird’s Rainbow”, “Zoo- rendezvous”, “Light mirage on air” and others. Annually from 1991 till 2007 except studio’s premieres, “Metamorphoses” took part in New Year’s performances creation on the stage of “Carnival” Concert Hall. 50-60 actors of “Metamorphoses” of 8-17 years old participated in every performance. The metamorphosers acted all the roles in New Year’s performances – from supers to leading roles together with invited professional actors.

Years and names of New Year's performances:

  • 1991-1992 - "The Mysterious Visitor or The Solar Wanderer";
  • 1993-1994 - "The Fairy Tale About Koshchei the Deathless, the Real Villain";
  • 1994-1995 - "Star Orbits of the Confetti Comet";
  • 1995-1996 - "Musketeers, A Carrot-Nose!";
  • 1996-1997 - "A secret of Dalocoche Castle";
  • 1997-1998 - "Magic Clock";
  • 1998-1999 - "Musketeers, A Carrot-Nose!" (a new version);
  • 1999-2000 - "To Find the Dragon";
  • 2000-2001 - "About Ken - the Superman";
  • 2001-2002 - "The Fable About the Lady in Three Persons";
  • 2002-2003 - "As Father Frost Changed the Forecast";
  • 2003-2004 - "As Snowman Decided to Become a Magician";
  • 2004-2005 - "As Fairy Tales Prepared for a Ball";
  • 2005-2006 - "Star Orbits of the Confetti Comet" (a new version);
  • 2006-2007 – "The Fairy Tale Double 2007".

Main principles of Metamorphoses are:
1. Observance of traditions of Russian scene:

  • Schools of classical dance on the Vaganova method. This method of teaching classical ballet was developed by Agrippina Vaganova, an outstanding Russian ballet teacher;
  • Drama schools on Constantin Stanislavski's system.

2. An openness to all new in the field of modern dance.

In the world of professional dance Metamorphoses have a model which is Theatre and School of ballet of choreographer Maurice Bejart. Young Metamorphosers, as well as their senior professional colleagues, necessarily study:

  • Foundations of Choreography;
  • Foundations of Classical Ballet;
  • Principles of acting and modern dance techniques (Rock’n’roll, Modern dance, Tap dance, Jazz, Street dance, Contemporary dance);
  • Singing foundations;
  • Voice and speech foundations;
  • Foundations of effective communication.

Result of such study is s synthesis of all received knowledge those images and the roles, which young actors create on a scene in numerous performances:

  • Ballet;
  • Musical performance;
  • Plastic drama;
  • Concert divertissement;
  • Dancing performance.

Education in the studio is complex and combines various educational programs. These programs are elaborated by specialists in the field of choreography, stage speech, singing, psychology on request of Elena Fedorova, a studio creator. The complex program is licensed every five years when every educational program is revised by its author:

  1. considering preservation of Russian cultural heritage in the field of dancing and dramatic art;
  2. considering achievements in the field of world contemporary dance;
  3. considering current educational standards in Russia.

“Metamorphoses” studio has become a theatre family especially for the last 10 years where everybody feels safe, warm and very interested and where Creativity and Work are inseparable concepts.

  Come! Study! Fall in love with Dance theatre and stay there forever or keep it in your heart!
Present

The models among professionals:

  • Vasily Medvedev, a choreographer, a creative director of Dance Open Ballet Festival;
  • Gil Roman, BBL (www.bejart.ch) & Rudra (www.bejart-rudra.ch);
  • Jiri Kylian and Netherlands Dance Theatre (www.ndt.nl);
  • Mats Ek, a choreographer, a director;
  • Nacho Duato and Mikhailovsky theatre (www.mikhailovsky.ru);
  • William Forsythe (www.theforsythecompany.com).

Children’s Dance theatre of the XXI century:
Along with intense concert activity the studio has been implementing its basic process: training and creation. Its basic principle in combination of St. Petersburg ballet school traditions (classical dance) and contemporary Dance proves its value and today “Metamorphoses” studio is a children’s Dance theatre of the XXI century:

  • new educational programs are elaborated and implemented;
  • time-proved programs are updated preserving system and traditionalism considering new things in the modern choreography;
  • new numbers are staged and new projects are created;
  • collaboration both with children’s creative groups and professionals of various arts from St. Petersburg and Europe is implemented;
  • multimedia devices at all the phases of training are used;
  • studio’s facilities and equipment are annually improved.

Creative description (2003-2012):

Festivals, contests:

  • March, 2003: «Talented children of St. Petersburg» in Italy within the frame of “Dialogue” program (Padua, Italy). 2 pupils of the studio in the group of 20 children;
  • June, 2004: participation as guests in the first round of the festival “Youth of Russia” – 25 pupils of 10 to 15 years old;
  • July, 2004: participation in the International festival “Castles’ Metamorphoses” (Krumlou, Czech Republic) – 11 pupils of 12 to 15 years old;
  • January, 2004: participation in the VII International festival “Sounds and paints of the world” (Saint-Petersburg) – 5 pupils of 12 to 15 years old;
  • July, 2005: participation in the International festival in Greece (Karditsa city) – 36 pupils and graduates of 8 to 20 years;
  • May, 2005 and July, 2006: trips to France with performances within the frame of humanitarian program (Nantes city) – 24 pupils of 6 to 17 years old and 48 pupils of 8 to 16 years old as well as graduates;
  • July, 2007: participation in the International folklore festival (Razgrad city, Bulgaria) pupils of 10 to 17 years old;
  • March, 2008: participation in the V International contest of choreographic groups in Dnepropetrovsk city (Ukraine) pupils of 8 to 16 years old and 2 graduates;
  • June, 2008: participation in the cruise within the frame of International economic forum – 9 pupils of 10 to 17 years old;
  • December, 2008: participation in the festival “The first step” – 13 pupils performed “Fairytale” dance – 12 of them were 7 years old and a soloist of 14 years old;
  • March, 2010: participation in the IХ International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN;
  • October, 2010: participation in the I International contemporary dance contest (Lvov city), see the file in the studio;
  • April, 2011: participation in the Х International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN;
  • March, 2011: participation in celebration of International Dance Day in St. Petersburg;
  • November, 2011: participation in the I International festival “Northern Capital”;
  • April, 2012: participation in the ХI International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN and Anniversary of “St. Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity”;
  • May, 2012: participation in St. Petersburg City day celebration;
  • June, 2012: participation in Petro Jazz (international jazz festival) together with “Granny Smith”.

Collaboration:

  • groups of the Palace: the Button accordion orchestra, the Orchestra of Russian national instruments, the Chamber orchestra of violinists, Rozygrysh;
  • «Horizon», a children’s theatre, Latvia (Riga);
  • Farukh Ruzimatov, “You, Mozart, the God!”;
  • Madlenianum, a musical theatre (Serbia): “Nijinsky – golden bird”;
  • The Komissarjevsky theatre, “Toska” with the choreographer Nada Kokotovic (Germany);
  • «Granny Smith», pop-jazz band.

The following performances were created and staged with renewed cast:

  • “State of Emergency in Toy Salon” - 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010;
  • “Narcissus Metamorphoses” and “The Labors of Hercules” ballets - 2004, 2005;
  • “Liza – Akulin” and “Faust Imagination” based on Alexander Pushkin story “Mistress into Maid” and “Scene from Faust” are combined into “Pushkin evening” programme - 2006;
  • “The Tale about Styopa Chernomor and Kikimora Umora” - 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012;
  • “A Flower of Kupala” ballet - 2006, 2007;
  • “Dance life” ballet - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011;
  • The premiere of choreographic suite “Quadrille” of 6 figures – 2007;
  • “Dance life” performance and “Faust Imagination” plastic drama are combined into a creative evening of modern art - 2007, in memory of M. Bejart - 2007;
  • “Pictures at an Exhibition” ballet - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010;
  • “Dance life” performance and “Fate and Dance” show (the premiere) are combined into a creative evening of modern art on 22.11.2008 at anniversary date of M.Bejart’s departure, a choreographer and a philosopher;
  • The premiere of creative project “Presentation of contemporary dance” (November, 2010);
  • The premiere of creative evening “Long live, Classics!” (March, 2011);
  • The premiere of creative evening “Traditions. Classics. Modernity” (March, 2012).
  There are about 100 numbers in studio’s repertoire.
Premieres of numbers by years
  • “Juliette”
    “Barinya”
    “Russian”
    “Samurais” (10-14 years old)
    “Rock’n’roll party” (10-14 years old)
    “Pink” (the senior group)
  • “Chicks” (6-7 years old)
    “Memory” (the senior group)
    “Elvis” (the senior group)
    “Chastushki” (6-7 years old)
    “Bellissimo” (the senior group)
    “Geishas” (the junior group)
    “At the ball” (“Dance – class”, the second year of study)
    “Jazz” (“Dance – class”, the second year of study)
  • “Carnival” (“Dance – class”, the first year of study)
    “Lachrymose” (the senior group)
    “Pedlars” (the senior group)
    “Peasant women” (the senior group)
  • “A soldier and a ballerina” (6-7 years old)
    “Russian” (“Dance-class”, the first year of study)
    “Men in black” (“Dance – class», the second year of study)
    “Grand pas” (the senior and middle groups)
    “Quadrille” (the senior group)
    “Figure №1» (the senior group)
  • “Puppets” (6-7 years old)
    “Minuet” (“Dance – class», the second year of study)
    “Grand pas” (the senior and middle groups), a new version
    “Beauty Queen” (the senior group)
  • “Toys” (6-7 years old)
    “Chicks” (6-7 years old), a new version
    “Duet” (the middle group)
    “Black cat” (“Dance-class”, the first year of study)
    “Pas de quatre” (the senior and middle groups)
    “Fairytale” (6-7years old)
  • “Gipsy” (the senior group)
    “Rock’n’roll forever” (the senior and middle groups)
    “Mеmory”, a new version
    “Moscow evenings”
    “Frescos”, a new version
  • “Page from the siege diary”
    “Afro jazz”
    “Strange days», a new version
    “Wooly bumblebee” ordered by “St.Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity” for the Anniversary of the famous composer Andrey Petrov
    “Blue bird” ordered by “St.Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity” for the Anniversary of the famous composer Andrey Petrov
    “Jazz”, a new version
    “Gretchen’s madness”, a new version
  • “Russia”, a new version
    “Childhood” (all pupils)
    “Were-snake”, a new version
    “Soul’s strings”, diptych, a new version
  • “Spain”, a new version
    “Waltz variations”, a new version
    “Grand pas”, a new version
    “Duet”, a new version
    “Sounds”, a new version
    “Neva fantasy” ordered by “St.Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity” for the 75th Palace Anniversary
    “Samurais”, a new version
    “Shakespeare sonnet 66”
    “Nekrasov winter”
    “Through dreams”
“Metamorphoses” Dance Studio

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