When an investment company Troika Dialog and Sberbank of Russia announced in 2012 their merger, a new era in the life of financial structures in Russia began. The management of the newly created banking institution contacted WONDERLOFT with a request to help them celebrate this landmark event in a truly unprecedented way. Realizing the full scale of the change happened, we decided that the celebration should be all about metamorphosing and turned to Ovid’s selected poems for inspiration and to director Kirill Serebrennikov to give the occasion his creative twist.
This resulted in an awesome performance featuring international celebrities. Each poem took a specific art form. Opera was sung by Jessye Norman, one of the most remarkable opera singers in the world, ballet was danced by gorgeous Diana Vishneva and Andrey Merkuryev, the drama part was performed by eccentric Renata Litvinova and touching Alla Demidova. The part of Ovid himself – the narrator introducing each number – was played by Konstantin Khabensky, while the concert video decoration was prepared by AES+F collective. The whole show was accompanied by the sweet sound of Djivan Gasparyan’s duduk, which the audience has loved since the Gladiator film.