Captured by the Germans, the already famous 31-year-old French composer, piano player and organist, Olivier Messiaen, spent the cold and rainy day of 15 January 1941 in a German concentration camp. This day was not merely the "ordinary 24 hours" in the life of a captive musician but the time that had a great influence on his biography as well as the history of the world music. It was the time of the end, of rising above the earthly human origins. On that day, a hall full of prisoners eagerly awaited Messiaen's new composition – Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time), created right there, in the freezing cold of the camp and played together with its author by captive musicians – clarinettist Henri, violinist Jean and cellist Étienne.
"I wanted music to help these forlorn, oppressed people to rise above their earthly misfortune, to feel the specialness of the end of time that is free from the alternation of the past and the future and experience the joy of eternity in golden light and great silence... Never again has anyone listened to me with such understanding."- Olivier Messiaen
In 2006, Giorgi Aleksidze staged a ballet miniature entitled Phoenix based on Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps – the second part of Olivier Messiaen's composition Quartet for the End of Time. Ten years later, Marina and Mariam Aleksidze restored Phoenix for the Evening of Giorgi Aleksidze Choreography presented by Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet Company.
In Mariam Aleksidze's new contemporary ballet STALAG VIII-A, which is staged to the live performance of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, Giorgi Aleksidze's choreographic masterpiece staged to the second part of the Quartet, will remain unchanged.
Premiere of Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet Chamber Company is dedicated to the memory of prominent violinist Konstantin Vardeli.
Premiere of Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet Chamber Company
Dedicated to the memory of prominent violinist Konstantin Vardeli
Contemporary Ballet in One Act
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) by Olivier Messiaen for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Idea by Konstantin Vardeli
Choreography by Mariam Aleksidze
Choreography of the second part of the Quartet, Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps, by Giorgi Aleksidze
Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet Chamber Company: Nino Gogua, Natia Bunturi, Mariam Darchia, Intigam Mammadov, Mariam Koiava, Gvantsa Gelashvili and Tinatin Mchedlidze
Levan Tskhadadze, clarinet
Aleksandre Khatiskatsi, violin
Sandro Chijavadze, cello
Irina Vardeli, piano
Second Season of Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet
Company Artistic Director – Mariam Aleksidze