One-act ballet to the music of a symphonic suite Schaherezade
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov choreographed by Alexey Miroshnichenko

Her life journey is as remarkable as a fairytale. The only daughter of an officer whose family, once affluent, run out of money, she nevertheless had been highly educated and moved to study in France on scholarship established by the Iranian government. As a student of the École Spéciale d'Architecture Farah Diba was invited to an official reception, where she met Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Several months later she became his wife. Farah Pahlavi shouldered great responsibility for cultural and social life in the country. She was building hospitals, schools, kindergartens, she was fighting for women’s rights and organized communes for lepers where they could live a better life. She supported both traditional culture and modern art through her patronage, dozens of artifacts from foreign collections were returned to Iranian museums. Farah had grown quite popular with Iranians, and in 1967 the Shah made an unprecedented decision — Farah was crowned. She became the first and the only crowned Empress (Shahbanu) in the history of the country. It was not just the title received, but she was named to be the regent. During the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Farah Pahlavi along with the Shah and children were forced to leave Iran. Time took her husband and two of her four children away but she is safe and sound now.
This is the second stage production by choreographer Alexey Miroshnichenko that was inspired by historical facts (his Cinderella of 2016 which was the reflection of the Soviet ballet world, received the “Golden Mask” Award). And that’s his first ballet without pointe work.
The author of the libretto and choreographer:
Alexey Miroshnichenko
music director
Artem Abashev
Set designer:
Alyona Pikalova
Costume designer:
Tatiana Noginova
Lighting designer:
Alexey Khoroshev
Assistant art Director:
Svetlana Nechaeva
Production Science Consultant::
Lana Ravandi-Fadai
In the role:
Empress Farah Pahlavi:

Mohammad Reza-Shah Pahlavi:
Diana Vishneva

Marcelo Gomez
On November 18, at 20.00, a recording of the Russian premiere of the play will be shown, the main roles in which were performed by Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomez, a star of the world ballet, the Premier of the Dresden state Opera and Sarasota Ballet (Sarasota Ballet). The show will open with a welcome speech from the creators of the play and the main performers, in which they will tell a little about the behind-the-scenes work on the play. The recording of the ballet will remain available to viewers from November 18 to 25.
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One of the leading Russian choreographers
working in the neoclassical style.
In 2009-2020, Alexey Miroshnichenko headed
the ballet company of the Perm academic
Tchaikovsky Opera and ballet theater.
For the Perm company, he staged the ballets
" Daphnis and Chloe "(2010) Ravel, " variations on
a Rococo theme "(2011) to the music of Tchaikovsky's
instrumental composition of the same name,
" the Jester "(2011) by Prokofiev, " the Blue bird and
Princess Florina "(2014)
to the music of Adan," Conditionally killed " by Shostakovich
(2015), new edition of Tchaikovsky's Swan lake
(2015), Prokofiev's Cinderella (2016),
Stravinsky's "Firebird" (2017), Tchaikovsky's" Nutcracker "
(2017), Minkus's" Bayadere "(2018),
Rimsky-Korsakov's" Scheherazade " (2019).
The artistic strategy of the Perm ballet,
which Alexey Miroshnichenko implements,
has been highly appreciated by the professional
community more than once: two special prizes Of the national
theater award "Golden Mask" - the project
"To see music" (2012, "for searching in modern
choreography") and the project "towards Diaghilev"
(2013,"for restoring the Diaghilev repertoire").
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