Щелкунчик (Astana Ballet)

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai

B. Asafyev.

“The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”

Ballet in 2 acts

N. Volkov’s libretto is based on the eponymous poem by A. Pushkin. Choreography by Honoured Workers of Kazakhstan T. Nurkaliyev and G. Buribayeva. Conductor and Music Director – Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Aidar Abzhakhanov. Set Designer – Ezio Frigerio (Italy), Costume Designer – Franca Squarciapino. Projection Designer – Sergio Metalli (Italy). Artistic Director of the Ballet Company – Altynai Asylmuratova, Honoured Artist of Russia



Lead roles:

Ghirei – Zhanibek Imankulov

Zarema – Aigerim Beketayeva, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Maria – Bakytgul Ispanova

Vaslav – Tair Gatauov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Nurali – Serik Nakyspekov


Khan Ghirei, cruel Tartar commander, rampages in Poland. During one of his invasions, he attacks a Polish castle where birthday celebrations for Maria, the daughter of a Polish noble lord, were underway. The tartars kill everyone except Maria whom Khan falls desperately in love with.

In the harem of Bakhchisarai palace the captive Maria meets Ghirei’s favorite wife Zarema who lost her status because of the young Polish girl. The same evening Khan implores Maria to accept his love, but she is only afraid and repelled by Ghirei. Khan Ghirei humbly leaves. Zarema enters the bed-chamber. She demands that Maria alienate Ghirei from herself, Maria tries to explain that she will never love Ghirei. Zarema sees Khan’s scull-cap forgotten by him, and seized with jealousy, kills Maria. Ghirei is overwhelmed by grief.

The ballet was based on the eponymous poem by A. Pushkin, which he wrote inspired by the ancient legends about the fountain of Bakhchisarai, also known as the Fountain of Tears.

The world premiere took place in 1934 at the State Opera and Ballet Theatre named after S.M. Kirov (Mariinsky Theatre). The innovation of the young choreographer R. Zakharov was in mixing and opposing western and eastern dancing styles, thereby highlighting two different worlds – subtle lyricism of the first stands in sharp contrast to deep belligerent feelings of the other.



Performance has one intermission

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes


Management reserves the right to substitute performers