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Ballett “Come in” featuring music by Vladimir Martynov

This year, on 20 February 2021, Moscow-born Vladimir Martynov turned 75. The Ballet of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf and Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton pay tribute to the famous Russian composer with the German premiere of a ballet named after one of his most popular works. The premiere is on 26 September 2021 in Düsseldorf. The musical director is James Williams. The choreography is a production created by Aszure Barton at the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York in 2006 for ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov and the Hell’s Kitchen Dance Company. 

Vladimir Martynov is a composition student of Nikolai Sidelnikov. No less a person than the composer and patron of many 20th century composers, Nadja Boulanger, became aware of him early on. At the beginning, the composer, who was always mindful of his artistic freedom and diversity, concentrated on serial composing and twelve-tone music. At the same time, however, he also explored the music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, thus following a path similar to that of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. He was also interested in researching Russian folk music and the music of the Caucasus, Tajikistan and the Pamirs.

In the 1970s, electronic music entered his field of vision and towards the end of that decade, he even became preoccupied with rock music. After a crisis lasting several years, Martynov returned to composing in 1984. From then on, postmodernism, minimalism and the music of Old Russia accompanied his work. The influences of his music remain diverse, however, and Martynov maintains a very individual style to this day. In addition to his compositional activities, he also takes a stand on religious-philosophical and historical-cultural themes.

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein writes about the new ballet “Come in”:

“Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton has been creating for both classical and contemporary companies for more than fifteen years, continually developing her delicate language that resonates with classical ballet while seeking experimental approaches. As the first ‘Choreographer in Residence’ at the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York, in 2006 she created ‘Come In’ for ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov and the Hell’s Kitchen Dance Company. Barton has brought a poetically quiet but urgently resonant work into the world to the music of Vladimir Martynov. On the foundation of a classical language of movement, she asks the question of how we want to live with each other, drawing a blueprint of a society that exists in peaceful, playful coexistence.”

Premiere Ballett “Come in”
Vladimir Martynov, “Come in!” for violin and chamber orchestra
Choreography: Aszure Barton
Orchester der Deutschen Oper am Rhein; conductor: James Williams
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf
German premiere

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