Grand stage

STARRING Roman Polkovnikov, Vera Sabantseva, Anna Germizeeva

Peer Gynt

modern ballet in two acts
Music by Edward Grieg
choreography by Edward Klug



  • Choreography: Edward Klug
  • Musical Director and Conductor: Karen Durgaryan
  • Conductor: Evgeniy Volynsky
  • Set Designer: Marco Yapel
  • Costume Designer: Leo Kulas
  • Lighting Designer: Tomas Premzl
  • Choir master: Vyacheslav Podelsky
  • Principal Chorus Master: Sergei Tenitilov
  • Assistant choreographer: Milos Isalovich

The Edward Grieg's concert for piano and orchestra is performed by:

  • Winner of all-Russian and international competitions, soloist of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Lev Terskov (piano);
  • Honored Cultural Worker of Russia, Honored Artist of South Ossetia, winner of international competitions Mikhail Mishchenko (piano)

2 hours 10 minutes

one intermission

Premiered on March 17, 2017

This performance is a laureate of Paradise Theatre Award in the category Best Musical Theatre Performance (2017)

A famous modern choreographer Edward Clug is getting into a discussion with a playwright Henrik Ibsen, who's presented IXX century with his character - Peer Gynt. We all dream of happiness, many of us think, that we were born for some great deeds. So thinks the protagonist of Ibsen's play, who's trying to find himself in the realm of dreams and quasi-mystic experience. The world around us is changing quickly, but the twisted story of Norwegian folk character is still relevant to a modern person. That's why the artists keep referring to this controversial character. Edward Clug is telling his story in the language of a modern ballet, keeping it on the edge between surrealism and the absurdist theatre. Edward Grieg's music, that made him famous far beyond his mother Norway, will bear us company through mysterious world of Peer Gynt.


Peer Gynt is daydreaming about hunting a white stag. He shares his story with his mother Åse who accuses him of being a liar and idler. The mother scolds her son for missing out a unique opportunity of marrying Ingrid, Peers friend since the childhood, so he could both put an end of their poverty, in which they were left behind by Peers negligent father. Ingrid is getting married to Mads Moen, the wealthiest bachelor in the region. Peer joins the wedding guests, but his mother is afraid he could ruin the celebration.

The feast begins and the wedding party is cheering out to the bride and groom. Only Ingrid seem to be distracted, thinking about Peer, with whom she once had an affair. In spite of Ingrids disinterest, the groom seems to be satisfied with the wedding. Peers presence at the event attracts the eye of women, who seem to be enchanted with Peers dance. However, the men are annoyed and provoked by Peers attitude. Solveig and her little sister Helga are also attending the wedding. At some point, Solveig and Peer come together, and their dance instigates Ingrids jealousy and peoples discontent. Helga takes Solveigs hand and drags her away. Peer then approaches Ingrid, and they begin to dance, which causes a stir among guests. Aslak, the blacksmith, starts to quarrel with Peer, while the villagers try to sedate him with liquor. However, Peer does not quit the fight and mortifies Aslak in front of everyone. Aslak grabs his axe to avenge himself, but the Death intervenes. Peer seizes the opportunity and elopes with Ingrid. Ingrid and Peer spend a passionate night together, even though Peer grows tired of her rather quickly and sends her off.

Three dairymaids suddenly approach Peer and they try to seduce him. The next moment, a mysterious girl in green finds Peer all alone and shows him the way to the troll kingdom. Peer, intrigued by its wealth, agrees on marrying the girl in green, who is in fact a troll chiefs daughter. The troll chief is eager to offer him the hand of his daughter, and slowly uncovers her true face. The girl in green then begins with her awkward dance. As she approaches Peer to kiss him, he is horrified with her appearance and wants to escape. Nevertheless, the girl in green wants him all for herself, as she is carrying his yet unborn child. Peer protests and denies paternity, which provokes the troll chief, who wants to take revenge. The trolls wrath is eventually casted away by little Helga, who also gives a punch to Peer, thus reminding him of his promise to her sister Solveig.

The Death enters into the troll kingdom and stops the angry trolls. When the threat is gone, the Death paints Peer and the surrounding landscape on canvas. Helga and Solveig then come to see Peer. When alone, Solveig and Peer promise to each other eternal love. Their romance is interrupted by a stags cry that nnounces the death of Åse. Peer then decides to return home, where he finds his dying mother. To alleviate her pain, Peer tells her a beautiful story, which takes them back to the most beautiful times of Peers childhood.


Several years have passed, and Peer has become a very rich capitalist. He undertakes a journey to Morocco desert, where he meets Anitra, a daughter of a Bedouin leader. Peer is irresistibly attracted to her exotic appearance, but Anitra only wants to rob him off his wealth. When she manages to steal everything he has, she leaves him in the foreign land completely alone well, almost alone, as Peer meets a mysterious stranger, with whom he shares a cigarette. A certain doctor Begriffenfeldt meets Peer, who is wandering around, and invites him to join him in some special place. Peer soon realizes he has ended up in a lunatic asylum, where he is introduced to four lunatics, who seem to be excited by Peers arrival. Begriffenfeldt runs a few psychological tests on Peer and writes down his reactions. Peer is now completely exhausted and on a brink of a nervous breakdown. His immense wish of becoming someone else is now finally fulfilled his friends at the lunatic asylum are crowning him as his king.

Peer hits rock bottom and is deeply disappointed with his life: he has to confront the truth that seems to evade him. In his mind, he sees a vision of the unfortunate wedding between Mads Moen and Ingrid. The wedding guests, joined shortly after by the green girl with a new-born child, shout happiness to the newlyweds.

Peer is now on a trial by his own conscience, which leads him to Solveig. But Peers path is once again crossed by a mysterious stranger, who begs him to step inside his coffin. Peer refuses to do so, as he wants to buy himself some time.

Solveig has faithfully waited for Peer all these years and has grown old and blind. Peer bitterly realizes that he has thrown away all things that really matter in his life most of all, Solveigs love. He finds his final rest in Solveigs arms, only their life journey has finally come to an end.

They might find love and happinessin some other life, in some other time