Shura Baryshnikov Discusses Dance's Role in Her New Cinematic Opera
In the new, dance-centric film version of the opera Svadba, director Shura Baryshnikov, screenwriter Hannah Shepard and conductor Daniela Candillari tell a powerful wedding story using Serbian-born, Montréal-based composer Ana Sokolović’s a cappella music and text. Throughout, the film uses dance to enact various prenuptial rituals for the bride-to-be and her attendants.
Baryshnikov (a daughter of Mikhail) brings her experience as a dancer, actor, improviser, choreographer and head of movement and physical theater for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program, making her a natural pick for directing an opera film in which the movement is as dynamic as the voices.
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