Munich (dpa / lby) - Should the works of Russian composers be performed at the moment - or better not at all? A matter of course, says Alexei Ratmansky - and on Friday he will be presenting his full-length work "Tchaikovsky Overtures" with the Bavarian State Ballet. "The music was set for a long time, and I don't want to leave Tchaikovsky to Putin. Tchaikovsky's music belongs to the whole world," emphasized the Russian-born ballet dancer and choreographer, who has also worked for the Ukrainian National Ballet.
The abstract work focuses on dealing with the three fantasy overtures by Pyotr Tchaikovsky that are rarely performed in Germany: "Hamlet", "The Tempest" and "Romeo and Juliet". According to the Staatsballett, the choreography "follows the moods of the music while exploring the distance or connection between the abstract and yet partly narrative elements of the scores". The connecting element between the three parts is the motif of the beginning of each overture.