Once the director Alexander Belinsky overheard the Waltz by V. Gavrilin and proposed to Vladimir Vasiliev to use it as a dance routine. It was the impulse to work on the creation of tele-ballet.
The directors compose the Ballet music from isolated fragments of major works by V. Gavrilin and his pieces of music. Waltz, what the creators of tele-ballet later called "Chekhovian" sounded earlier in the play "Theatrical Story".
The theme of bureaucrats emerged from a fragment of "The State Machine" of musical scene "Skomorokhy". The famous tarantella is orchestrated French song from the album of piano pieces. In the history of ballet it was probably one of the rare occasions when the music is not intended for the stage, was now inseparable from the performance, its choreography.
The image of Anyuta is an ambiguous image of a young woman full of lively feminine charms, combining a touching sincerity and cunning, naivety and carelessness. Anyuta gravitates to the holiday, she wants merriment and she mistakes the wish for the reality, the tinsel – for the true happiness. Only a moment of sudden insight she realizes the hopelessness of her situation and again tends to forget herself in intoxicating dance.
In 1986, at the proposal of the Directorate of Naples Royal Theatre of Saint Charles Vladimir Vasiliev created an independent two-act performance based on the tele-ballet. Soon after that the ballet was staged in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theatre. Since then, the production has traveled almost the whole world and remains a popular and now.
Choreographer – People's Artist of Russia, People's Artist of the USSR Vladimir Vasilyev (Moscow).
Conductor – laureate of the International competitions Victor Kulikov (Moscow).
Production designer – Honoured Artist of Russia Victor Volsky (Moscow).
Costume Designer – Honoured Artist of Russia Rafail Volsky (Moscow).
Lighting Designer – Ildar Bederdinov (Moscow).
Photographer – Denis Baturin (Samara).
After the death of his wife, Peter Leontievich, a school-teacher in a provincial town, is left with three children to support: a grown-up daughter, Anna Petrovna (Anyuta), and two younger sons, Petya and Andrusha. Grieving for the untimely death of his wife, Peter Leontievich drinks harder and harder. Modest Alexeevich, a middle-aged clerk, proposes to Anyuta. She says yes, hoping that this marriage will save her family from poverty and herself from a life of undiluted tedium and semi-starvation. Anyuta breaks up with her first love, a poor student, and starts her family life with Modest Alexeevich. Soon she realizes that her marriage will not bring her the benefits she was hoping for: her husband is tight-fisted and cold-hearted, he is practical and has no intention to help his wife’s relatives.
Act II At a Christmas ball, Anyuta`s youth, intelligence and beauty win the hearts of all the men present. Everybody tries to attract the attention of Modest Alexeevich’s young wife. Artynov, a rich landowner, army officers and even His Highness are charmed by Anna Petrovna. They are ready to do anything to please her. Anna is quite swept off her feet by her rapid ascent to fame. The attention and love bestowed on her by the upper crust of society in the provincial town cause her to forget everything: her hated, boring, dull-witted husband, her drunkard father, her wretched, half-starving brothers, and her former beloved student. Modest Alexeevich, who immediately realizes that he will gain a lot from his wife`s popularity, encourages her love affairs. For him his career and position in society come first. Very soon he is awarded the Order of St. Anna, and he is looking forward to new favors from his wife`s promoters. Peter Leontievich is declared bankrupt. His few remaining belongings are confiscated and, on a frosty New Year`s Eve, he and his children are kicked out into the street.
On the music by Valery Gavrilin (1939 - 1999).
Libretto by Alexander Belinsky based on A.P. Chekhov's story "Anna on the neck".
World premiere – January 21, 1986.