New short ballet "Nocturne"

A short ballet "Nocturne" choreographed by Tõnu Veiler, designed by Madis Nurms will premieré on May 8th at the Estonian National Opera.

The music of the ballet is by Frédéric Chopin who composed his nocturnes - 21 pieces for solo piano - between 1827 and 1846. They are generally considered among the finest short solo works for the instrument and hold an important place in contemporary concert repertoire.

Nocturne is a musical composition that is inspired by the night and nocturnes are generally thought of as being tranquil, often expressive and lyrical, and sometimes rather gloomy. The costumes for the short ballet draw heavily on the contrast between the light and dark and are inspired by the patterns and textures of moths -  fascinating relatives of butterflies.

Most species of moth are nocturnal and frequently appear to circle artificial lights, although the reason for this behavior remains unknown. The design for "Nocturne" uses reflective fabrics together with laser-cutting technology and directional theatre lights to create an unique visual effect to highlight the dancers movements in the darkness.


Choreographer - Tõnu Veiler
Scenographer - Madis Nurms
Lighting designer - Rasmus Rembel
Music mixed by Kaisa Jõhvik

Premieré - May 8th, 2017 

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