A Child's Tale (2023)


A Child’s Tale, set to Anatoly Lyadov's Baba Yaga, Op. 56, his complete suite of Eight Russian Folksongs for Orchestra, Op. 58, and Kikimora, Op. 63, incorporates themes from Massine’s 1917 ballet Contes Russes (French for “Russian tales”) to tell the tale of a group of villagers who, via the intercessions of mythic witch figures from Slavic folklore, find and nearly kill, but finally adopt an orphaned child. The work is dedicated to my Ukrainian great-grandmother, the late Annie Scherba, née Sewulich (April 12th,1894 - March 10th, 1990). Featuring costume designs by Reid & Harriet Design and Andrew Jordan, sound design by Tei Blow, and lighting design by Joe Levasseur, the work, commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts, premièred on October 12th, 2023 in the Jerome Robbins Theater at Bartshnikov Arts.


Original Cast:

BABA YAGA
(a sorceress of the woods)
Christiana Axelsen, Janet Charleston, & Carol Teitelbaum

BABA YAGA’S HUT
(a magical roaming hovel)
Elise Knudson

THE KIKIMORA
(a lonesome house spirit)
Caitlin Scranton

THE CHILD 
(a foundling)
Mac Twining

THE NEWLYWEDS
Mariah Anton Arters & Cemiyon Barber

VILLAGERS
Kyle Gerry, Dominica Greene, Paul Singh, & Carlo Antonio Villanueva
 

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