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Е. Kovalenko

Anatoly F. Shekera as the master of ballet symphonism and choreographic polyphony

The article is devoted to the works by the famous Ukrainian ballet-master Anatoly F. Shekera. In the national ballet art his name is associated with the transition from choreodrama principles to symphonic dramaturgy, as well as opening of dance and dramatic polyphony and creation of the original dance style called as «Shekera’s style». The early period of his professional activities proceeded in Perm (College of Choreography, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre). He staged his first ballets at the Lvov I. Franko Opera and Ballet Theatre (1964–1966). In 1966–2000, until the last days of his life, A. Shekera worked as the choreographer at the Kiev T. Shevchenko Opera and Ballet Theatre (now – the National Opera of the Ukraine). The best productions by A. Shekera are The Legend of Love by A. Melikov, Spartacus by A. Khachaturian, Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev, Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky, Raymonda by A. Glazunov, Coppelia by L. Delibes, Symphonie fantastique by H. Berlioz, Boléro by M. Ravel and others. The article contains the analysis of the most significant scenes from the named productions by A. Shekera. The attention is focuses on representation of individual scenic characters and imagery of musical score in whole, using of such composition methods as choreographic polyphony, synchronicity, improvising development.

Key words

Anatoly Shekera, classical ballet, National opera of Ukraine, choreographic polyphony, symphonic dramaturgy.