Metamorphoses - Three short ballets at Vanemuine Theater

Premiere of three short ballets at Vanemuine Theater!

The theater´s homepage describes the following:

The ballet evening brings together the different worldviews of three talented choreographers
Are we here and now by our own choice or is it predestined? Why are we all so different? Are we even free in our choices? Have the questions that weigh on us today accompanied mankind since the dawn of time or do they constantly change? One thing is certain: a human being’s inquisitive soul does not get tired of asking eternal questions even in the increasingly discordant world of today.

The ballet evening Metamorphoses brings together the different worldviews of three talented choreographers. It is like visiting an exhibition where we can see pop art on one floor, modern art on the second and classical art on the third. It is up to the viewers to decide which one they prefer.

The young choreographers looking for answers through their unique body language are Jack Traylen, winner of the young choreographers’ competition of the Vanemuine Theatre in 2018; Matthew James Jordan, inspired by step dance; and Jevgeni Grib, winner of several Estonian theatre awards.

Cast: the entire ballet ensemble of the Vanemuine Theatre

Little Claws

Choreographer-director Jack Traylen Australia
Author of costume and set design concepts Jack Traylen
Lighting designer Tõnis Järs

We are all born into this world as special and unique. But when do we learn to assimilate and be like others? Why do we blend in and what brings this change about? Is it because of our own fear or indifference, the opinions of others or the impacts of society? Tiny claws burrowing under our skin, gradually molding us into each others’ clones…

Rhythm & Flair

Choreographer-director Matthew James Jordan Vanemuine Theatre
Author of costume and set design concepts Matthew James Jordan
Video designer Janek Savolainen
Lighting designer Tõnis Järs

Different dance and music styles blend into one in this short ballet inspired by the rhythms and music of step dance. The story focuses on two dancers – their dreams and soul searching in the world of dance.


Choreographer-director Jevgeni Grib  NO Estonia
Scenographer and costume designer Jevgeni Grib NO Estonia
Video designer Alyona Movko
Lighting designer Rasmus Rembel NO Estonia
Sound designer Maksim Adel

This ballet was inspired by the poem Metamorphoses by Publius Ovidius Naso based on classical mythology and brings us the stories of Pygmalion and Galatea, Orpheus and Eurydice, Narcissus, Eros and Psyche, and Cyparissus and the stag.

Première on 26 March 2021 at the Grand Building of the Vanemuine Theatre