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Estonian National Ballet’s artist Ana Maria Gergely debutes in „Modigliani – the Cursed Artist“

21.02.2020 / Alisson Kruusmaa

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On Friday, February 21, Estonian National Ballet’s artist Ana Maria Gergely will perform the role of Jeanne Hébuterne in „Modigliani – the Cursed Artist“ by Thomas Edur and Tauno Aints. Anatoli Arhangelski will partner her in the role of Amedeo Modigliani.

Ana Maria Gergely: „In the role of Jeanne, I had to focus on my acting to make sure that the character and the story is portrayed correctly, but at the same time I wanted t omake sure that I make the role unique to me. The preparation for the performance was challenging, but definitely worth it.“

“Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” is Thomas Edur’s debut as a stage director at the Estonian National Opera. The ballet tells an exciting story of the stormy life of Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920), one of the most famous bohemian artists of the 20th century. His art forms a bridge between the generation of Cubists and the Art Deco painters of the 1920s. Legends are told about Modigliani’s life – his eccentric nature, his bragging, emotional twists, passionate affairs with writers Anna Akhmatova and Beatrice Hastings, and artist Jeanne Hébuterne, a dream to mount Parnassus and his rivalry with Picasso, health problems and the onset of tuberculosis that he tried to conceal by consuming alcohol and drugs excessively – it all provides colourful material for the birth of an astonishing stage-work.

“Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” premiered at the Estonian National Opera on May 11, 2012. The ballet is staged by Thomas Edur, composer is Tauno Aints, designer Liina Keevallik and lighting designer Tiit Urvik.

Photo: Albert Kerstna

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