Ballet "Undine" by Marina Kesler premieres today in the Estonian National Opera. Ballet celebrates the 70th anniversary of Tallinn Ballet School and in the leading roles are this year's graduates Marita Weinrank and Marjana Fazullina alongside with Jevgeni Grib, soloist of Estonian National Ballet.
The story is loosely based on the 1939 play “Ondine” by French dramatist Jean Giradoux
and revolves around soulless water nymphs undines. Though inspired by mythical
concept, the ballet explores day-to-day themes of faithfulness, jealousy and
Undine, also spelled Ondine, is a mythological figure of European tradition, a female water nymph who becomes human when she falls in love with a man but is doomed to die if he is unfaithful to her.
Undine was first mentioned in the writings of the Swiss author Paracelsus, who put forth his theory that there are spirits called “undines” who inhabit the element of water. The word is from the Latin unda, meaning “wave” or “water.”