Black Square, first act (abbreviated) workshop. Lyric Theatre @Illinois. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. December 2017. Stage direction: Olga Maslova, costume design Olga Maslova, lighting design Alena Samoray, sound design Hayat Dominique. Accompanists: Julie Jordan Gunn, Michael Tilley
Black Square, a new futuristic opera in two acts is a tragicomic love story that mixes intellectual traditions of Russian avant-garde and fast pacing style of an action thriller. Inspired by the 1913 opera Victory over the Sun and Lenin's era science fiction writings, the opera explores reverberations of old prophecies, and universal themes of personal freedom and repression of diversity
Music for the Black Square is written by the Russian composer Ilya Demutsky. At only 34 Ilya is a winner of the Golden Mask, highest Russian theatre honor, for the ballet Hero of our times at Bolshoi, and a European Oscar for the Cannes award winning film The Student. Among his new works are ballets Nureyev for Bolshoi, Moscow, 2017, and Anna Karenina for Joffrey Ballet, Chicago 2018.
Libretto is written by Olga Maslova and Igor Konyukhov, a founder and artistic director of New Opera NYC. Workshop of the first act was presented by the Lyric Theatre at Illinois as a part of the university-wide symposium 10 days that shook the world. Wednesday, December 13th at 7:30 pm, Tryon Festival Theatre.