Premieré of "Nocturne" today

The experimental short-ballet "Nocturne", inspired by nocturnal creatures and music by Frédéric Chopin will be performed tonight for the first time at the stage of Estonian National Opera in Tallinn.

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 costumes for the piece are made using laser cutting technology. A laser is used to cut abstract patterns into different materials. All the fabrics that are picked for the ballet play with light - are either sheer, luminous or reflective. The design uses them together with the cutting technology and directional theatre lights to create an unique visual effect and to highlight the dancers movements in the darkness.

Set design of „Nocturne” incorporates dance with video and sound. Impulses from music turn into visual effects in the video projection. That way every note played on the piano turns into a visual cue. Interactive relationship between the music and the visualizations set the atmosphere for the ballet.


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

Premieré - May 8th, 2017  

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.

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