Thomas Edur’s ballet to the music of Tauno Aints
World premiere on May 11, 2012 at the Estonian National Opera

Choreographer-Stage Director: Thomas Edur
Libretto: Irina Müllerson and Thomas Edur
Music: Tauno Aints
Music Director and Conductor: Risto Joost
Concept of Set Design: Thomas Edur
Designer: Liina Keevallik

“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.

“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.”
Amedeo Modigliani


May 13 / 17:00
May 17 / 19:00
May 26 / 19:00
June 6 / 19:00

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