"Kratt" at the Helikon Opera

This Sunday, October 16th, ballet "Kratt" (The Goblin) by Eduard Tubin will be performed at the Helikon Opera. Helikon Opera is a Russian opera company based in Moscow, specializing in unconventional productions. The company was founded by stage director Dmitry Bertman and gave its first performance in 1990.

The choreographer of the piece is Marina Kesler, music director Vello Pähn, set designer Madis Nurms, costume designer Gerly Tinn, lights by Karmen Tellisaar and video by Argo Valdmaa.

The set design combines stories from Estonian folklore with contemporary themes and materials. The two acts of the ballet are supported by two main figures in the set design - a sleek factory, constructed of aluminium and sheer plastic, and wooden but soulless tree. Geometrical shapes used in the design elements are inspired by embroidery patterns.
"Laconic scenography created by Madis Nurms cleverly marks the sterile environment of the factory as well as a summer meadow.
The visual impact of the stage helps the viewer get even closer to the root of the story - contrast between burdensome and artificial material values and the simple and natural virtues"
Eesti Ekspress - October 7, 2015


Ballet by Eduard Tubin in two acts
World premiere on March 31, 1943 Vanemuine Theatre

Premiere at the Estonian National opera on September 18, 2015

Choreographer and Stage Director: Marina Kesler

Conductors: Vello Pähn, Kaspar Mänd, Lauri Sirp
Costume Designer: Gerly Tinn
Set Designer: Madis Nurms
Lighting Designer: Karmen Tellisaar
Video Design: Argo Valdmaa
Graphics: Joanita Janson
Estonian National Opera Orchestra, female chorus, the Estonian National Ballet and Tallinn Ballet School

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