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).
Following the death of his wife, Pyotr Leontievich, a school-teacher in a provincial town, is left with three children on his hands: a grown-up daughter, Anna (Anyuta), and two little boys, Petya and Andryusha. Grieving for the untimely passing away of his spouse, Pyotr Leontievich takes increasingly to the vodka bottle.
Modest Aleeyevich, a middle—aged official, asks for Anna’s hand in marriage. Anna accepts his proposal in the hope her marriage will save her family from poverty and herself from a life of undiluted tedium and semistarvation. Anna breaks up with her sweetheart, a poor student, and goes to live with Modest Alexeyevich. She realizes only too soon that her marriage will bring her no benefits: her husband, who is close-fisted and cold-hearted, with a practical, pragmatic outlook, has no intention of helping his wife`s relatives.
At a ball given to celebrate the Christmas holiday, Anna`s youth, intelligence and beauty win the hearts of all the men present. Artynov, a rich landowner, army officers and finally even His Excellency compete for the attentions and sympathy of Modest Alexeyevich`s young wife. They are ready to do anything in order to please Anna.
Anna is quite swept off her feet by her rapid ascent to fame. The attentions and love bestowed on her by the upper crust of society in a provincial town cause her to forget everything: her hateful, boring, dull-witted, as he now seems to her, husband, her drunkard father, her wretched, half-starving brothers, her former sweetheart.
Modest Alexeyevich, who immediately realizes that he stands to gain from his wife`s popularity, encourages her love affairs. His career and position in society come first for Modest Alexeyevich. Very soon he is awarded the order of St. Anne and he waits impatiently for new favours from his wife`s suitors.
Pyotr Leontievich is declared bankrupt. His few remaining belongings are confiscated and, on a frosty New Year`s Eve, he and his children are turned 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.