IGOR KONYUKHOV, DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / LIBRETTO
Igor Konyukhov is a Russian born director and choreographer based in USA. Igor started out as a
physicist earning Master of Science degree from Moscow State University, Russia. He continued his education in University of Connecticut studying for PHD in Nuclear Physics. His passion for theatre led him directing and choreography. He moved to NYC where he earned an MFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
In 2012 he debuted as a stage director presenting Baroque opera Armida at the Orensanz Foundation in
New York City. He directed the world premiere of opera Shulamit for JCC Manhattan. In 2015 he staged Schumann's Spanische Liebeslieder and Liebeslieder Waltzer by Brahms in an innovative production Salon 4. Igor's production is Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta was premiered in 2014 at the El Museo del Barrio and was presented to a great critical acclaim in San Francisco in April 2016 at the Fort Mason Center. His production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov for New Opera NYC in April 2016 starred legendary bass Mikhail Svetlov, soloist from the Met and Bolshoi, as Boris and Varlaam. For the bicentennial celebration of M.Lermonov I.Konyukhov collaborated with the Theater of Rustem Galitch in a production of the Demon presented at the Theater 81 in NYC. In 2017 he directed a new production of N.Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Golden Cockerel at the Sheen Center for the Performing Arts in NYC. After earning raving reviews from critics the production received the OPERNWELT, leading German and European magazine, critic's nomination for the best costume design.
As a dancer Igor performed internationally with numerous dance companies including Russian Imperial
Ballet, Ballet with a Twist, Seed Dance Company, Viewsic Expressions Dance and others. His choreography was featured in the production of H.Marschner's opera Der Vampyr at ZuHause Theater (Berlin, Germany) and presented at LaMama Dance Moves Festival and DanceNow NYC.
ILYA DEMUTSKY, COMPOSER
Ilya Demutsky is a Russian multi-award winning composer, performer, and conductor. His works include compositions for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, piano, voice, as well as electronic and film music. Ilya holds a Master’s degree in choral conducting from Saint Petersburg State Conservatory and a Master of Music in Composition from San Francisco Conservatory of Music which he attended on a Fulbright scholarship.
Demutsky’s music for the full-length ballet, A Hero of Our Time, at the legendary Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow has won him the most coveted Russian theatre award, the Golden Mask, for the Best Composer in Musical Theatre, and the production was named the Best Ballet Production for 2015/2016. In January 2017 San Francisco Ballet opened its new season with the world premiere of his ballet Optimistic Tragedy, and the year will end with the much anticipated opening of the full length ballet Nureyev at Bolshoi in December 2017, composed by Ilya and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, after the abrupt cancellation in July 2017 just 2 days before the opening. After Black Square workshop Ilya will return to Chicago in 2018 with the full length ballet Anna Karenina for Joffrey Ballet.
Film The Student directed by Kirill Serebrennikov with the music by Ilya Demutsky won the François Chalais Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. For his score of this film, Ilya also won the title of "European Composer of 2016” bestowed by the European Film Academy. As a film composer, Demutsky has worked extensively with Emmy-, TEFI- and Nika- award winning film director Sergey Miroshnichenko (Born in the USSR: 21 Up, Rings of the World, the official film of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, and others). Ilya Demutsky had also composed music for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi.
Ilya lives in St Petersburg, Russia.
OLGA MASLOVA, LIBRETTO
Olga Maslova is Russian-American artist, based in Chicago. She designed costumes and sets for many prominent directors and choreographers in USA, South America and Europe. Among them are Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane Company, Dan Sullivan, Christopher Bayes, Daniel Helfgot, Ron Daniels, Gus Solomons Jr, Pedro Salazar and many others. New York Times hailed her costumes as "stylish", and Boston Globe as "beautiful". Opera News Magazine called her costumes ''spectacular", Backstage hailed Three Sisters attire "authentic", her creativity has been described from "eye popping" to "madly inventive". Recent production of the opera Florencia en el Amazonas, in Bogota, Colombia, with Olga’s costume designs hailed as “exquisite”, was chosen to present at the prestigious International Festival Amazonas de Opera at Manaus, Brazil in May 2018. Past highlights include costumes for the world premiere of a play Long Lost by Pulitzer Prize winning author Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Dan Sullivan, Kabuki- Elizabethan fusion of Iago's Plot directed by the recipient of the Japanese Order of Sacred Treasure venerable Shozo Sato, costumes for on-site production of Verdi's Macbeth performed in the ruins of Panama Viejo, Panama. She designed several productions for the New Opera NYC, including Boris Godunov, Iolanta and Golden Cockerel, the latter was nominated by the famous German magazine OPERNWELT for the best costume design in opera. “We were constantly astonished by the [Olga’s] originality which is difficult to describe” — Voce di Mece writes about the production’s costumes.
Olga is an assistant professor of costume design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received BFA with honors in Directing from the State Academy of Culture, Kharkov, Ukraine, MFA in Dramaturgy with honors from Stony Brook University, and MFA in costume and set design from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.