Опера

When the Fern Blossoms – Premiere

E. Stankovych
Premiere "When the Fern Blossoms"
120 minut.

УВАГА! Віковий ценз 

Music by Yevhen Stankovych

Libretto by Alexander Stelmashenkо

The opera ballet opera is 2 acts
 of soloists of the opera, choir, ballet and symphony orchestra
 14 December – General rehearsal of folk opera and ballet “When the Fern Blossoms” Y. Stankovich
15, 16, 17 December – PREMIERЕ Folk of Opera and Ballet “When the Fern Blossoms” E. Stankovych

Stages
Диригент-постановник

Володимир Сіренко (м.Київ) лауреат Національної премії України ім.Т.Шевченка

Режисер-постановник

Vasyl Vovkun People’s Artist of Ukraine

Художник-постановник

Tadey Ryndzak People's Painter of Ukraine

Художник костюмів

Ганна Іпатьєва (м.Київ)

Хормейстери

Vasyl Koval лауреат всеукраїнського конкурсу

Ірина Коваль

Балетмейстер-постановник

Artem Shoshyin (Kyiv)

Художник світла

Дмитро Ципердюк (м.Київ) заслужений працівник культури України

Libretto

Євген Станкович
«Коли цвіте папороть»
феєрія (фольк-опера-балет)

«Тут немає векторного сюжету, звичних для опер арій, дуетів. Натомість твір будується як величезна мозаїка, у якій за принципом контрасту поєднуються сцени, замальовки, епізоди. Все це – відбиток мозаїчності мислення ХХ сторіччя, дивним чином поєднаний із принципом поетичного кінематографа».
Юрій Чекан, доктор мистецтвознавства

Дія 1. «Купало»

«Людські Купала»
Сонцекрес. Магічна сила купальського вогнища. Перестрибуючи його, усі проходять ритуал очищення. Спалюється Марена – символ перешкоди буянню людського буття. Поєднання рук і сердець. Найвища пристрасть тілесного вогню – кохання.

«Русалчині Купала»
Відображення у воді. Двоякість існування через загублену долю. Відстороненість від реальності, віртуальність часу і простору. Тяглість до потойбіччя.

«Відьомські Купала»
Оргія пристрасті через сприйняття та оцінку втіхи іншими. Альтернативність існування заради вивищення самого себе.

«Цвітіння папороті»
За легендою, цвіт папороті з’являється – на мить – у найкоротшу купальську ніч. А можливо, цією квіткою і є мить кохання, вільна людська пристрасть, що пізнає самого себе і світ у цю найкоротшу купальську ніч?..

Дія ІІ. Героїка

«Золотій добі» легендарних часів язичництва, де панувала гармонія людини і природи у всіх своїх проявах повноти буття, протиставляється доба гуманітарної катастрофи, війни, хаосу в Україні, починаючи з козацьких, післякозацьких часів аж до сьогодення.
Кується зброя.
Грає м’язами муштра.
Лунають бої.
Гуляє смерть.
Сподівання на новонародженого сина, який благословляється рідною землею і матір’ю – як майбутня надія України, її поводир і мудрець. Такий, яким був у свій час Байда чи Морозенко.

About show

Folk opera ballet “When the Fern Blossoms” by Yevhen Stankovych is a phenomenon in music, unique both in genre and in stage history. The work was written in 1977, but never had a complete stage performance. Our theater ventured to implement this incredibly beautiful art canvas in bright and exciting way, canvas made of folk motifs, presented in modern musical language. In this pioneering performance there is no traditional plot that is inherent for opera arias and duets. In act I we will take a look at the colorful Pagan times, when the ancient culture of the Ukrainian people was formed in the union of man and nature; in act II we will feel our dark days with an echo of war, with a heroism inspired by memories of the freedom-loving Cossacks, with anxiety about the threat of a possible future disaster. 

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Yevhen Stankovych "When the Fern Blossoms" (opera-ballet)

“… and till now the clouds are hovering over this opera, and any attempts to stage the opera fail.”

Y.Stankovych

In 1977, Yevhen Stankovych was proposed to write a large-scale stage production for the People’s Academic Choir named after G. Verovka by the French impresario company “Aliteka”.  This production required to find a new, bright, contemporary genre and spectacular solution.

According to the composer, “we hoped that the time finally came when the world spectator would be able to see and listen to an example of the richest Ukrainian folklore and images produced in modern musical language, interpreted by the composer and director.

Folk opera “When the Fern Blossoms” became an example of the so-called “new folk trend”, ​​the idea of which underlay in the attitude of the composer to folklore, when the ancient folk melodies or intonation and timbres in the author’s works are combined with modern principles of composer technique.

In 1977 Y. Stankovych completed the folk-opera “When the Fern Blossoms” which was based on the libretto of musicologist O. Stelmashenko. The rehearsal period began. Lviv artist Y. Lysyk, Kyiv choreographer A. Shekera, leading conductor F. Hlushchenko joined the project. The premiere had to take place at the beginning of the concert season of 1979 in the Palace of Arts “Ukraine”.

“This premiere will never be …” – said Yevhen Lysyk in a private conversation three days before the dress rehearsal.  The higher-ups decided that “Ukraine began to play at independence”.  “The history of the premiere, which did not take place,” says musicologist Rada Stankovych-Spoloska, “consists of a number of absurd circumstances which are well-known to older generations of listeners: endless inspections, calls from the KGB and the Central Committee, “unobtrusive ” care of those guests , “mild” recommendations to the author not to accept any business offers (and the French offered twenty-five concerts in the Parisian “Grand Opera” and a five-year contract for cooperation!), an emergency meeting of the creative committee, the police cordons and mounted police surrounding the Palace of Arts “Ukraine” on the dress rehearsal day, and, finally, the prohibition of the premiere with a neutral wording “for technical reasons.” This decision was taken by the Minister of Culture of that time S. Bezklubenko. “

Thus, the prospects of a whole innovative opera trend were destroyed in Ukraine.

But are all these events absorbed by time? …

Harrowed folk opera of Yevhen Stankovych “When the Fern Blossoms” has existed in fragmentary form till now and has been awaiting its contemporary complete production.

During the years of Independence, the dream of giving stage life to “Fern Flower” has being cherished. It was planned to implement the idea of authentic outdoor production, in a certain natural landscape with water, blazing fire, large-scale folk scenes. This idea was supported by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine (humanitarian matters) M. Zhulynskyi, later V. Smolyi. But, unfortunately, it failed.

In 1998, along with Swiss artists Hugo Schiro and Thomas Birve, the production was planned to be staged at one of the international exhibitions in Switzerland. On this occasion Yevhen Stankovych wrote: “At last I cherish vague hope to stage this work…”

Unfortunately not.

Along with the conductor V. Vasylenko, the idea to stage the opera in Donetsk was considered. And the composer rewrites the composition for the academic performers.

It did not happen again.

Finally, the opera of Yevhen Stankovych “When the Fern Blossoms” was included in the “Ukrainian breakthrough” program of the Lviv National Opera. It was here that Yevhen Lysyk and Yevgeny Stankovych prepared to combine the avant-garde, folk and symbolic stage technologies and a new interpretation of neo-folk thinking at the end of the twentieth century. “

Vasyl Vovkun

People’s Artist of Ukraine

Stage director

Epos Director’s visions in féerie (opera-ballet) by Yevhen Stankovych "When the Fern Blossoms"

“There is no” vector “plot that is inherent in opera and usual monologues, arias, duets. Instead, the work is composed as a huge mosaic, in which scenes, sketches, and episodes are combined by the principle of contrast. All of this is a reflection of the mosaic thinking of the twentieth century, which is strangely combined with the principle of poetic cinema. “

Yu. Chekan

The plot and compositional specificity of the ” When the Fern Blossoms” libretto by Yevhen Stankovych has been transformed in our interpretation, (agreed with the author of the music) in the direction of its compositional integrity, as well as the themes. From the “golden age” of the legendary pagan times (first act) or the humanist era, where the harmony of man and nature prevailed in all its manifestations of the completeness of being, to the contemporary, present times (second act), filled with humanitarian crises, the threat of wars, chaos, the underlying idea of which will display the history of the Cossacks and the post-Cossack era.

Common ideological and figurative feature of “When the Fern Blossoms ” text is a principle of generalized characteristics according to which the central image of the composition – the people – is shown on the level of figurative typing and is deprived of individual personification. Motivation of  author’s and director’s plot repetitions, situational parallelism, and improvisation will give the product a historical perspective, extending the space and time .In the first part the figurative and emotional concepts will be harmonic and passionate ,but the second one, in contrast, will be filled with wild rage,  military male spirit, forging of the arms, drilling, battle and death. This spirit of the present times absorbs the ancient deep spiritual constants and appears as heroism, creating its historical context.  This bright expression of composite dualism will create a poly-vector sense of ideological and figurative development, and will become an innovation of artistic and intonation synthesis.

Stage director

Vasyl Vovkun,

People’s Artist of Ukraine

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11 September 2017
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