Танцевальный коллектив Ruée des Arts «COSTARD» в Алматы


Jules Massenet


Ballet in 3 acts

Choreography and Libretto by Kenneth MACMILLAN

based on the novel L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by A.F.Prévost

Orchestrated and Arranged by Martin Yates

Sets and Costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis

Staging by Karl Burnett and Patricia Ruanne

Music Director and Conductor – Arman Urazgaliyev

Set Coordinator – Cinzia Lo Fazio

Costume Coordinators – Natalia Stewart / Assel Dosmuratova

Lighting Designer – Jacopo Pantani

Artistic Director of the Ballet Company – Altynai Asylmuratova, People’s Artist of Russia

When MacMillan intended to stage this ballet in 1974, the Royal Opera House had already had Giacomo Puccini's opera Manon Lescaut in its repertory, thus he was advised to address the score of Jules Massenet's eponymous opera. As a result, the ballet score was made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including pieces from 13 operas, two oratorios, orchestral works as well as songs and piano pieces. The former dancer of S.Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Leighton Lucas made musical arrangement of the ballet and became its conductor and composer in collaboration with the accompanist Hilda Gaunt (the score was again orchestrated and arranged by conductor Martin Yates in 2011). Set design and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis.

MacMillan found sympathy with the capricious Manon, bringing his customary psychological insight and the memories of his own impoverished upbringing. He described his heroine as ‘not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor. Poverty in that period was the equivalent of long, slow death’. MacMillan's friend Nicholas Georgiadis, a painter and set designer, reflected this idea, depicting the shifting line between luxury and corruption of the French society on the eve of the Revolution (the action of the ballet was transferred to the end of the 18th century). MacMillan’s incredible choreography create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux's impassioned pas de deux that drive this tragic story and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most heartbreaking dramas.

Many ballet stars brilliantly performed the role of Manon such as Lynn Seymour, Natalia Makarova, Sylvie Guillem, Altynai Asylmuratova, Diana Vishneva and others.


Manon –            Madina Basbayeva, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Des Grieux –     Rustem Seitbekov, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Lescaut –           Bakhtiyar Adamzhan

Lescaut’s Mistress – Gaukhar Ussina, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan

Monsieur GM – Zhanibek Imankulov

Old Man – Ruslan Temirbekov

The Gaoler – Olzhas Makhanbetaliyev

Madame – Serina Sunagava

Beggar Chief – Nikolay Korshunov


Performance has two intervals

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes


Management reserves the right to substitute performers