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The Goblin Estonian Guest performance

Choreographer and Stage Director Marina Kesler
Conductors Vello Pähn, Kaspar Mänd, Lauri Sirp
Set Designer Madis Nurms
Costumes Designer Gerly Tinn
Lighting Designer Karmen Tellisaar, Endla Theatre
Video Designer Argo Valdmaa, Endla Theatre
Graphics Joanita Janson
Estonian National Opera Orchestra, Female Choir and the Estonian National Ballet

The Goblin (1943) is the first Estonian ballet as well as Eduard Tubin’s first work for a music theatre. The work is based on a mythical character from Estonian folklore, the Goblin, whose sole purpose is to serve his greedy master, the Farmer, in obtaining riches. In Marina Kesler’s rendition, the story crosses the borders of one nation’s folklore: in a contemporary money-hungry world the Goblin is like a voice in people’s head, finding excuses why there is never enough money. But money buys no happiness and the reward for gluttony is ruination – becoming weary of human voracity, the Goblin destroys his maker and dies as well. The story of the greedy Farmer and the Goblin is contrasted by the love of the Farmer’s Daughter and the Peasant, resented by the Farmer because of the young man’s poverty. Kesler’s staging raises the question – what is important in today’s material and racing world? Is there room for love?