The Lake

from 8 Dec, 20:00
9 Dec 2022, 20:00–21:10

Contemporary ballet created by choreographer Albina Vakhitova and composer Anton Svetlichny for GES-2 House of Culture.

The first production devised especially for the vast space of GES-2’s Prospekt brings together work with volume and transparent structures in music and dance. Architecture is seen here as a landscape filled with light, sound, and tactile objects—performers and their movements become part of this ever-changing ecosystem.

Animation: Yura Pilishkin
The ballet Lake creates a complex and living environment—at once strong and extremely vulnerable. This environment is an open one, open to the viewer and their interpretations of the artistic statement. The handling of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s musical score through quotation and reassembly allow the viewer see the world around us and our time through the optics of the classical ballet Swan Lake.

— Olga Tsvetkova, the curator

The composer Anton Svetlichny refers to Tchaikovsky’s musical score as an artistic frame for a new statement. Tchaikovsky and Svetlichny’s notes are in constant dialogue, modifying one another. Working with fragments of the Swan Lake waltzes, Svetlichny at times reveals Tchaikovsky’s score to the listener, at others conceals it entirely amidst textures of electronic music, where it dissolves beyond recognition.


Albina Vakhitova
Performer, dancer, choreographer. Vakhitova founded the dance company Sad in September 2020. From 2014 to 2017, she was a member of the dance company FarFor YO. Vakhitova has collaborated with choreographers Anna Abalikhina, Anna Kravchenko, Banzay, Olga Tsvetkova, Dina Hussein, Claudia Castellucci (IT), Igor Shishko, the directors Kirill Serebrennikov and Yuri Kvyatkovsky, and the artists Sasha Pirogova, Alexei Taruts, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. She participated in the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, and the 2nd Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art. She was the choreographer of the Love.Epilogue project by Vera Martynov and Alexey Sysoev. Her ballet Water — Wonder and performance in collaboration with Belgian choreographer Igor Shishko Flip Side of action were released with the support of the Garage Museum, MMOMA and the Mutabor Art Centre.

Anton Svetlichny
Composer and pianist. He is a graduate of the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatory’s composing faculty and a winner of the Pythian Games composing competition. He is a member of the «Resistance material» group of composers, and a co-founder of the contemporary music ensemble InEnsemble.

Assistant choreographer
Victoria Bryzgalova

Costume designer
Yulia Savelyeva

Lighting designer
Vika Stroy

Daria Aksenova, Victoria Bryzgalova, Victoria Vanyushina, Anastasia Gagina, Georgy Grishchenkov, Alina Guzhva, Lika Zakharenko, Artur Kardanov, Daniil Kirilko, Polina Kopylova, Evgeny Melentiev, Iya Mironova, Evgeny Pankratov, Lena Petiko, Daria Platonova, Sergey Poltavsky, Andrey Rogachev, Elizaveta Uspenskaya, Dmitry Shapovalov, Svetlana Shuiskaya, Ildar Mickey, Xenia Sairento


Alena Verin-Galitskaya, soprano
Roman Vikulov, violin
Alexey Govorov, cello
Maria Klyueva, viola
Vladimir Krasov, bass
Anton Svetlichny, Alisa Shestunova, synthesizers
Vasilisa Haddad, violin
Regina Steinman, viola
Serafim Yakovlev, tenor

Sound engineer
Sergey Kochetkov

Katerina Arkhipova, Kira Berman, Mikhail Yatskov

Technical team
Ksenia Kosaya, Maxim Lapshin, Konstantin Petruk, Mikhail Sarkisyants

Olga Tsvetkova, Anna Ildatova