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Ash White

Jevgeni Grib, Siret Campbell
Jevgeni Grib
October 14th, 2023 at the Vanemuine Theatre Grand Building

A Ballet on the music of Edward Elgar and Gustav Holst

Director and choreographer Jevgeni Grib
Musical director Risto Joost
Dramaturge and librettist Siret Campbell
Set designer Kristjan Suits
Costume designer Liisi Eesmaa
Lighting designer Rene Liivamägi
On stage Vanemuine Ballet Company And Symphony Orchestra

The audience of the Vanemuine Theatre knows Jevgeni Grib for his mythology-inspired short ballet Metamorphoses. In Ash White, Grib once again delves into deep and enthralling topics such as life, death and the human subconscious. This production in cooperation with dramaturge and librettist Siret Campbell is inspired by the short story The Sandman (Der Sandmann) written by E. T. A. Hoffmann in 1815.

Protagonist Aale’s father died in a fire when she was a child. Years later, when her boyfriend dies the same way, loneliness and horrific memories draw Aale further and further from the external world. The events unravel in an enchanting black-and-white place where the world of the living and the world beyond intertwine. One cannot be sure where reality ends and imagination starts. The audience is confronted with the question: is it possible to let go of fears? Or will our childhood memories haunt us even as adults?