The Ural Opera Ballet is one of the one of the four federal musical theatres in Russia. For 2021, the company has re-created, The Humpbacked Horse, the famous performance by Mariinsky Theatre dating back to 1912. The 2021 version will be something to see. The new play will be an intricate merge of futurism and classics – with neon and vinyl, perky rhymes and old-style libretto, classical ballet and a Russian rap band on stage.
The performance is scheduled to take place on July 9, 10 and 11, 2021. However, the overall downfall of the industry has made it difficult to raise the funds to produce stage props and costumes. The theatre is addressing all ballet lovers to ask for help.
Russian agency, Voskhod, has come up with a crowdfunding idea as innovative as the performance giving each contributor the chance to create a piece of the performance. The project will support the theatre through the tough times of the pandemic and will give the audience a chance to write their names in the history of ballet. All contributors will be listed on the website and theatre brochure.
Anyone can take part in the performance preparation. They can lift the curtains of the future play on https://konek.uralopera.ru/en to see one of the episodes from the ballet. The main characters are dancing on an empty stage. The video is divided into 340 fragments. As donations are received, the fragments will open up and the performance will turn into a full colour show. Every fragment equals 15,000 rubles. However, any contribution counts. A one‑off donation of 15,000 rubles gifts the donor a VIP ticket to the premiere. If they can’t make it on any of the days, they will receive a video recording of the performance.
Each supporter will be mentioned among those who made The Humpbacked Horse performance happen and have their name written in the history of ballet.