Michael Messerer / Alexander Krein

Laurencia


Ballet in two acts
Laurencia is an opulent, spectacular and truly – in the positive sense of the word – theatrical ballet: scorching hot emotions and movements bursting with explosive power, in which classical steps are intertwined with fiery Spanish rhythms. Amidst virtuoso soloists and duets, harmonic ensembles and exciting crowd scenes unfolds a dramatic tale inspired by Lope de Vega’s play Fuente Ovejuna: the violent suppression of a budding love affair compels the community to rebel against the blind and brutal powers-that-be. 

Nóra Rományi and István Rózsa have reconceived the visuals, based on the original designs by Vadin Ryndin, for this choreography updated by Michael Messerer to serve as the Hungarian National Ballet’s new full-length production.

ACT I

SCENE 1

In the Spanish village of Fuente Ovejuna, all is merry animation as the villagers await the return of the Commander. As his campaign was a success, it is hoped that, contrary to his nature, the Commander will be kind and gracious. The villagers tease Laurencia and her sweetheart Frondoso. Laurencia herself also teases her ardent admirer. The violinist Mengo appears. Laurencia’s friend Pascuala asks him to play and get the young people dancing. The harsh sound of military music is heard and the Commander appears. The people give him a cautious welcome, but he does not pay much notice: his attention is drawn to the beautiful Laurencia. Ordering everyone to disperse, the Commander detains only her. Her friend Pascuala remains with her. Laurencia rejects the Commander’s advances. Annoyed, the Commander orders his soldiers to bring Laurencia and Pascuala to his castle, but the girls manage to escape.

SCENE 2

In a secluded location by a forest stream, Frondoso reveals his feelings to Laurencia. But the capricious girl responds evasively. The sound of a hunting horn is heard. It is the Commander out hunting in the forest. Soon he appears before Laurencia and tries to kiss her. Frondoso fearlessly throws himself at the Commander, saving Laurencia from her hated admirer. The Commander vows revenge on both of them. A group of girls come to the stream to wash clothes. They are more occupied with chatting than laundry, especially as Mengo also arrives: it is always fun when he is there. Jacinta runs in, chased by soldiers. Mengo defends Jacinta, but the soldiers knock him down. The Commander returns. Jacinta begs for his protection, but he hands her over to the soldiers. Laurencia, now convinced of Frondoso’s faithfulness, impressed by his bravery and devotion, agrees to marry him.

ACT II

SCENE 3

The whole village merrily celebrates Laurencia and Frondoso’s wedding. One dance follows another, but the merrymaking is interrupted when the Commander appears, looking sombre. He has come to take his revenge. He gives orders for Frondoso to be imprisoned and Laurencia to be taken to his castle. The people are horrified.

SCENE 4

At night the men gather together in the forest. They know they must fight the tyrant, but from fear and indecision they merely clench their fists and utter curses, they do not act. Laurencia enters unsteadily, battered and with her dress torn, but her will is strong and she is filled with fury. She shames the men for their inaction and calls on them to rise up and fight. Her impassioned call fills their hearts with courage. All the village women support Laurencia. The people of Fuente Ovejuna decide to enter the Commander’s castle.

SCENE 5

Armed with knives, scythes, clubs, and sticks, the people storm in the inner rooms of the castle like a fearsome tidal wave. They free Frondoso from incarceration and set off to get even with the Commander. He tries to flee, but the peasants capture him. He offers them gold to let him go, but is met by an indignant refusal. The dead tyrant’s helmet set up on the pole symbolizes the victory of the people of Fuente Ovejuna.

Details

Location
Erkel Theatre
Date
March 7, 2020
Start time
19:00
End time
20:40

Cast

Conductor
Pavel Sorokin
Laurencia
Diana Kosyreva
Frondoso
Balázs Majoros
Pascuala
Elizaveta Cheprasova
Jacinta
Minjung Kim
Mengo
Ievgen Lagunov
Commander
Iurii Kekalo
Flores, guard
Dénes Darab
Ortuno, guard
Kóbor Demeter
Laurencia
Olga Chernakova / Sorokina Nadezhda / Rita Hangya / Yuka Asai
Frondoso
Gaetano Cottonaro / Valerio Antonio Palumbo / Dmitry Zhukov / Boris Myasnikov
Pas de six
Ellina Pokhodnykh / Anastasiia Konstantinova / Gaetano Cottonaro / Valerio Antonio Palumbo
Flamenco soloist
Jessica Carulla Leon
Flamenco dance
Carlos Taravillo Mahillo / Francesco Sardella
Castanet dance solo
Lea Földi / Mikalai Radziush
Castanet dance
Liudmila Mizinova / Kateryna Tarasova / Maksym Kovtun / Kristóf Morvai

Credits

Choreography based on Vakhtang Chabukiani's original choreography by
Michael Messerer
Composer
Alexander Krein
Set based on the original designs by Vadim Ryndin by
István Rózsa
Costumes based on the original designs by Vadim Ryndin by
Nóra Rományi
Lighting designer
Kirk Bookman
Staging ballet masters
Evgeny Popov / Anna Andrushko
Company répétiteurs
Mária Aradi / Imre Dózsa / Ildikó Pongor / Irina Prokofieva / Attila Szakács

Premiere
March 6, 2020

Events

2020. March 06., Fri, 19:00
2020. March 07., Sat, 11:00
2020. March 07., Sat, 19:00
2020. March 08., Sun, 11:00
2020. March 08., Sun, 19:00
2020. March 11., Wed, 19:00

Laurencia