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The world in “The Red Room”
Libretto: Sasho Dimoski
The libretto of the modern ballet “The Red Room” is inspired by Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, known as “Death and the Maiden”. Starting from the famous motive, which has had several stage and screen adaptations, the plot of the story is developed further: the Death, who longs for love and unity arrives among the people, falls in love with the Prophet, cuts his ties to the earthly world and brings him to the Underworld – the world of the Red Room. This initiaton of the Prophet has a double plot progress: in her quest of the Prophet and in attempt to bring him back to the earthly world, the Maiden begins her initiation journey. In the underworld, she succeeds in winning back her lost love and takes the Prophet back to the earthly world, whereas the Death remains alone, pining for her unity, surrounded by the solitude and emptiness of her own world. In addition to this triad, the other actors in the libretto are presented to the audience through certain states and feelings, rather than through characters and names. They represent the contrast: the earthly versus the under-worldly. On one hand, “The Red Room” is a stage experiment about the eternal love for unity and need for belonging, and on the other hand – it is a story about the solitude as the only form of absolute belonging, represented through the speech of a body in crisis.
Choreography: Igor Kirov
Ass. Choreography: Mojca Majcen (Slovenia)
Set Design: Marija Veterova
CostumeDesign: Aleksandar Noshpal
Repetitours: Tanja Vujisikj-Todorovska, Sasha Evtimova, Olga Pango
Light designer: Milcho Aleksandrov
The Death: Aleksandra Mijalkova
The Prophet: Vasil Chichiashvili (Georgia)
The Maiden: Mimi Pop Aleksova-Atanasovska
Suite of Death: Marija Kichevska-Shokarovska & Boban Kovachevski
Crowd: Ivana Kocevska, Sasha Evtimova, Biljana Basmadzieva, Doychin Dochev (Bulgaria), Igor Velanoski, Jan Kisilev, Agim Baftii, Ilijana Danilov
About “The Red Room”
“The Red Room” represents a completely different “shade” of my creativity, a completely different energy and creative concept. In this work, I use the body as an instrument in the expression of many different emotional states, which are contained in a musical whole performed solely by four string instruments. The music of Schubert expressed through my movements depicts a view on the eternal search for the unique, unattainable, perfect state; something that we look in ourselves, but find in others. This is my story about the longing for love…fear of the unknown.
Igor Kirov – coreographer