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Kratt (E. Tubina ballett)

We 22/02/2017 19:00
Rahvusooper Estonia, Tallinn
THE GOBLIN
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
Costumes Designer: Gerly Tinn
Set Designer: Madis Nurms
Lighting Designer: Karmen Tellisaar (Endla Teater)
Video Design: Argo Valdmaa (Endla Teater)
Graphics: Joanita Janson
Estonian National Opera Orchestra, Female Choir and the Estonian National Ballet

“The Goblin” is the first Estonian ballet as well as Eduard Tubin’s first work for musical theatre. The work is based on a mythical character from Estonian folklore, the Goblin, whose sole purpose is to serve his greedy master, the Farmer, in obtaining riches. In Marina Kesler’s rendition, the story crosses the borders of one nation’s folklore: in the contemporary money-hungry world the Goblin is like the voice in people’s heads, finding excuses why there is never enough money. But money buys no happiness and the reward for gluttony is ruination – becoming weary of human voracity, the Goblin destroys his maker and brings about his own death. The story of the greedy Farmer and the Goblin is contrasted by the love of the Farmer’s Daughter and the Peasant, resented by the Farmer because of the young man’s poverty. Kesler’s staging raises the question – what is important in today’s materialist and racing world? Is there room for love?

“The Goblin” premiered in 1943 at the Vanemuine Theatre, conducted by the composer himself. The choreographer and stage director was Ida Urbel. The ballet premiered at the Estonian National Opera a year later as the last staging of Rahel Olbrei. “The Goblin” was only performed a few times as the theatre suffered severely from the Soviet aerial bombardment, begun on 9 March, 1944. Without having time to change out of their costumes, the dancers fled the building, scaring the citizens in the streets. “The Goblin” was last staged at the Estonian National Opera by Mai Murdmaa in 1999. Tubin has successfully combined folk music elements with contemporary sound and symphonic language. In his words, "“The Goblin” is based completely on the inexhaustible treasury of folk music.” In 1962, Tubin composed an orchestra suite from the ballet’s music.
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Kratt (E. Tubina ballett) We 22/02/2017 19:00 Rahvusooper Estonia, Tallinn 12.50 - 25.00
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Venue
Estonia pst 4 Tallinn Põhja-Eesti Estonia
Promoter
Rahvusooper Estonia
Estonia pst. 4 Tallinn 10148 Harjumaa
+372 6831210
estonia@opera.ee