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Viacheslav Samudurov Artistic Dir. Yekaterinburg Ballet


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Vyacheslav Samodurov former principal of the Royal Ballet where he cut his choreographic teeth, was to be found staging a ballet in a factory in the Urals echoing of such events of the 1920's and 1930's in the Soviet Union.

The one-act ballet, called 'H2O' was performed by the Yekaterinburg Theatre in a car factory, as part of the second Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art. Workers from the factory also took part in the performance, performing in their work and office clothes alongside professional ballet dancers.

Vyacheslav Samodurov, Art. Director of Yekaterinburg Opera & Ballet, said,"This is, after all, the Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, so it seems to me that all of it connects well together. I think we live in a very industrial, modern and dynamic world, so, I think that this (ballet) is an ideal symbiosis."

An extract of the work can be seen at,



Yekaterinburg State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

PS Apologies for incorrect spelling of Vyacheslav Samodurov in the heading.

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