Last performances of the ballet “Catherine I”

06.05.2019 / Alisson Kruusmaa


On May 10 and 22, „Catherine I“ by Thomas Edur and Tauno Aints will have its last two performances of the season. The audience is given the chance to witness the birth of a stunning miracle. The ballet takes the viewer to a real fairy-tale world and tells the wonderful love story of a simple maiden from Estonia and the charismatic Russian emperor, Peter I.

Catherine I was born as Marta Elena Skavronska, most likely in the region of Latgale or Courland in Latvia, but perhaps even in Lithuania. Her Estonian origin has also been speculated on. In her youth, she worked as a maid in the house of Ernst Glück, Lutheran vicar and intellectual, whose widow was given the Ahja Manor in Estonia by Peter I. In 1724, Peter crowned the woman as the Empress of Russia and a year later, after Peter’s death, she became the first reigning Empress of Russia until her death in 1727.

Miracles do happen – you simply must believe in them. A chance offered by fate should not be thrown away. What will it offer and what will it expect in return? The exciting riddle brought to life in Toomas Edur’s new ballet “Catharine I” is left for the viewer to solve.

„Catherine I“ premiered at the Estonian National Opera on March 15, 2018. Choreographer and stage director is Thomas Edur nad composer is Tauno Aints. Starring Alena Shkatula or Marita Weinrank (Catherine I), Anatoli Arhangelski or Jevgeni Grib (Peter I) etc. Conductor Jüri Alperten.

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