A charismatic and intellectually questing musician, the conductor Theodor Currentzis is profiled in Conduction, a film by director Alexey Loginov. Described as “64 minutes of love, light, life, beauty and being inside music”, it features works by Mozart, Stravinsky and Rameau and choreography by Jiri Kylian, celebrated as director of the Netherlands Dance Theatre.
Teodor Currentzis, born in Greece, is Artistic Director of Russia’s Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. He is also founder and Artistic Director of the ensemble MusicAeterna, which he conducts on a recently released Sony Classical recording of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Conduction explores a world normally invisible to the spectator in a concert hall or theatre. The viewer becomes submerged in the artists’ creative process and the film asks some striking questions …What makes the audience feel that something extraordinary is about to happen? What do classical music and punk music have in common? Why do certain conductors electrify the auditorium when they appear on stage?
Teodor Currentzis expresses his vision when he talks to his musicians: “When you play for yourself here, in the pit, the music will stay with you here, but if you think of the music projecting to the gods – it surpasses the space”.