“My whole life, it is a run,” – said Dmitri Tcherniakov, Russian stage director – “A run with a goal. Sometimes I’m running and I’m gasping for air. Sometimes I run in happiness, sometimes I run in fear. And I want an opportunity to stop and look at things differently.”
I like how these words describe very difficult process of creating new production of Borodin’s “Prince Igor” on the Met stage – through constantly “running”, moving himself through ideas, decisions, opening new meanings in existing scenes; changing architecture of the Opera, adding new themes and interpretations of Libretto.
“One of the most serious and successful artists of his generations, Mr. Tcherniakov one of the Opera’s experimental thinkers, then, may also be its most radical realist.”
How does he work?
“You have to draw the audience in”, said Mr. Gelb, the company‘s general manager. And Mr. Tcherniakov “pulls” the audience in, using sometimes brave provocative methods that really work!
The opera “Prince Igor” really now is the hit of the season. Yesterday during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi, I heard the melody “The Song of Polovecky’ girls” from “Prince Igor,” and it is not temporarily coincident! The music of this piece is really in the air everywhere!
But why I am writing now about new stage production in the Met? As Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Specialist I found something interesting in the way Mr. Tcherniakov work.
For example, how he is working on the boots sequence – first stage director spent several minutes sprawled out on the floor, looking intently on boots, second, he was handling the arrangement of the soldiers’ feet with the same attention, third, looking out for a tree-step entrance whose rhythm became more and more settled into naturalness.
Yes, I found the right word! Every movement I asking my clients to do is to settle into naturalness, and believe me, it is not an easy task!
Another method was very interesting to me, too – “He is working in such deep way that, very often, you need two or tree times to understand it. But if you get it, it is forever. And you are in love with him, because he gives you something special, something that you never felt before.” In my work with my clients, every moment I want to bring something special to them, something that I feel deep inside, what kind of movement or sequence of movements have to be done and exactly the way it have to be performed!
“Mr. Tcherniakov lives through his art,” He is all the characters onstage. He gives all his power to the singers…” I am trying to put all my power that is inside of me into people I am working with, too, and it really works!
In the end of the article Russian director said: “Everything I come up with I try to express solely through the artists on the stage…” I am reading these words, and in the next training sessions I will try to do the same – express my vision of movements through my clients’ exercise!
I can’t believe that reading article in Sunday Arts’ section would be so useful for me!