Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Yekaterinburg Opera opens 2014-2015 season with Satyagraha

The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre will open its 103rd season on Tuesday with the Russian premiere of Phillip Glass' "Satyagraha".

"Satyagraha" chronicles the life of Indian independence leader and human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi during the period of 1893 to 1914, when Gandhi lived in South Africa. Each of "Satyagraha's" three acts contextualizes Gandhi's activities through the eyes of a different 20th century philosopher--Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore and Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the opera, the philosophers comment on the events in Gandhi's life while Gandhi himself appears to be unaware of their presence. The opera also features supernatural appearances by such iconic Indian figures as Lord Krishna and Prince Arjun, Itar-Tass reports.

The scenic design of Yekaterinburg Opera's production of "Satyagraha" resembles an ancient temple through its largely wooden, metal and stone construction. Exterior landscapes are provided by painted drops throughout much of the opera, until they are replaced by video projections to suggest heightened feelings of infinity, according to Itar-Tass.

Performances are scheduled for Sep. 16-18, Itar-Tass reports.