Pepelyaev: Fast associations and playful crazyness. Sometimes it seems
cacaphonic, but there is a clear idea behind it all.
Pepelyaev's "language of form" is as always incredibly rich, humouristic and innovative.
…Despite all its criticism and absurdity the performance is very
beautiful. The costumes, lights and shadows create a twilight-like
atmosphere to the studio stage of the Swedish Theatre in Turku. …A
spectator is given a change to be impressed, inspired, thrilled and
...90-min firework of choreographic ideas.
"Doors" worked as a cool optical art, playing tricks with the anatomical
specification of the eye.
Swan Lake completely renewed
...In the Russian cultural terrain Sasha
Pepelyaev from Moscow represents avantgarde and from the Finnish point
of view not less than the present moment means of expression.
...Pepelyaev`s choreography Head Down Flyer is a complete success... It
is beautiful but deformed, funny yet sad, nostalgic and aspiring at the
same time. ...Pepelyaev examines the phenomena from different angles,
through variations, and reveals that they also always include their own
contrast. For a very good reason this attitude could be called a
postmodern conception of the world. ...This dance drama, lasting an
hour and a quarter, consists of various pieces. Pepelyaev?s vision does
not freeze into an explicite closure, but the whole construction
remains open and in that way the piece stays in constant motion.
not only have a grammar that is as up-to-the-minute as any western
counterpart, they have a vision that is unique. .. ...they dance to
music by bach, their movement a graceful perpetuum mobile of unison and
counterpoint into which filter deadpan parody and cliches... the
choreography, invented out of the company's collective imagination, is
freewheeling and sensuous, transmitted with infectious verve and
humour. the russians are kinetic dadaists, setting into motion rag-bag
components to create an illogical, elusive poetry. It plugs into the
subconscious layers of your mind and offers a revitalising experience.
...pepelyaev moulded an image of an anarchistic
dance-composer between fado and the deconstruction of musical and dance
folklore; between nostalgic longing and the aggressive exploitation of
the remnants of the culture worn down by the system. ...a collage, an
unfolding, and a seismic shaking-up of the russian dance tradition.
an event. an infectious energy and enthusiasm. the excitment to witness the birth of a russian truly contemporary dancing.
...what makes "one second hand" such a pleasure
is the wondrous dancing, which manages to be both sharply precise and
billowing, as well as sophisticated lighting and set and mr.
pepelyaev's gift for staging and pacing.
arresting, funny, sober, boisterous and mad, the dance was beautifully
crafted, and the text, albeit in russian, was rich and atmospheric.
...sasha pepelyaev's kinetic theatre provided
the most memorable piece of the season so far. ismene brown, the daily
telegraph ...kinetic theatre claims to be breaking the mould and its
performers combine a classical stretch and precision with an anarchic
wit and energy that promise a sparkly future.
..burning performance by the dancers of moscow's kinetic theater.
...what one can see there is absurd, horrible,
funny, sad, not understandable and sharply recognizable. Even if one
wishes to avoid straight parallels with a reality, besides all that he
will certainly find today's russian life, russia itself...
...this is an exciting moment to see them.