Maeterlinck’s profound fairy play The Blue Bird
A Holiday Family Treat
Choreography: Irina Vakhromeeva
Music: Glazunov, Katchaturian
Lighting: Sabrina Hamilton
Costumes: Deborah Shumway
Embark upon a mystical journey with Tyltyl and Mytyl whose lives are changed forever one Christmas Eve by a mysterious fairy who sends them to find “the bird that is blue”. Their adventure takes them to many magical places including the Land of Memory, the Palace of Happiness and the Kingdom of the Future. After their long search and many incredible encounters, the children return home without the bluebird only to find it waiting for them where they least expected it. In the end, the children learn that true happiness is usually found close to home. The Bluebird is a delightful story about the power of the imagination, the innate magic and metaphor to be found in everyday life and the meaning of true happiness.
The performance will feature guest artists Vitali Krauchenka, soloist with American Ballet Theater and Vadim Pijikov, International Artist from St. Petersburg, Russia along with young artists and students from the East Street School of Ballet. The choreography is by Associate Director of ESB Irina Vakhromeeva, herself an International artist.
Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), was a Belgian poet, dramatist and essayist. His fairy play The Blue Bird written in 1908 was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in 1909. The play enjoyed phenomenal success and subsequently was adapted to opera, ballet and film. In 1911, Maeterlink was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.