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How long is now?


Date: October 13, 2021

Time: 19.00

Genre: concert

Duration: 1 hour 30 min.

Age limit: 5+

Parking: no

Additionally: when visiting the theater, it is necessary to observe the mask regime and social distance, also a kind request to take seats in the auditorium according to the seats indicated on the tickets purchased



Dear viewers!

The Abai Kazakh National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater is a member of the Ashyq pilot project on the safe conduct of its main activities, within the framework of which special rules for visiting the theater have been developed:

1. Before you come to the theater, you need to download a special mobile application "Ashyq" to your phone. Log in by phone number and enter your IIN. To register the entrance to the theater, before checking the theater tickets, scan the individual QR-code of the object and show the result to the corresponding theater employee.

2. If you are unable to use the Ashyq application, it is enough to take your ID (or know the IIN) with you. The appropriate theater employee will check your status using a special program.
3. Parents who plan to visit the theater with children over 5 years old also need to know the child's IIN.

4. To visit the theater, non-residents of the Republic of Kazakhstan must give the passport number to the corresponding theater employee for verification.


Gala Ballet

How Long is Now?

One-act ballet by Raimondo Rebeck

Ballet dancers of the Astana Opera House present a BALLET EVENING, consisting of two parts.

The first part is a Gala Ballet, which includes pas de deux from classical ballets and miniatures by contemporary Kazakhstani and foreign choreographers.

The second part is a one-act ballet How long is Now? by contemporary German choreographer Raimondo Rebeck.

Artistic Director of the Astana Opera Ballet Company: Altynai ASYLMURATOVA, People’s Artist of Russia.


A. Adam. Trio from Le Corsaire. Choreography by M. Petipa

Anel RUSTEMOVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan,

Yerkin RAKHMATULLAYEV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan,



L. Minkus. Gypsy dance from Don Quixote. Choreography by M. Petipa

Natalya KONDYA, Kuat KARIBAYEV and ballet dancers


R. Drigo. Pas de deux from Harlequinade. Choreography by M. Petipa



Duet from The Call of the Steppe to music by R. Gaisin. Choreography by P. de Bana



A. Adam. Pas d'esclave from Le Corsaire. Choreography by M. Petipa



Steppe Sons Qorqyt. Choreography by A. Sadykova

Yerkezhan ZHUNUSSOVA, Sultanbek GUMAR


L. Minkus. Grand Pas from Don Quixote. Choreography by M. Petipa

Aigerim BEKETAYEVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan,

Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan, ballet dancers

Choreography: Raimondo Rebeck

Scenography (to the sketches by Raimondo Rebeck): Victor Carare

Lighting Design: Carlo Cerri

Costume Design (to the sketches by Raimondo Rebeck): Arassel Dosmuratova

The ballet How Long is Now? by the German choreographer R. Rebeck is a philosophical reflection on time and its distinct moments.

How long can Now last at different moments of life? It seems to the one who is in love that a kiss is as long as eternity, and the memories of suffering can last forever or disappear without a trace... Time flows differently for a person who is painfully passing away, and for people who love this person.

Today is tomorrow’s Yesterday, because what has just happened, immediately becomes the past. Thus, you can answer the question “How long is Now?”, as the White Rabbit answered a similar question of Alice, the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, “Now, like Forever, sometimes lasts just one second”.

In Raimondo Rebeck’s ballet, three pairs of ballet dancers will illustrate the different stages of a person’s life. By means of art of dance, the talented choreographer makes an original attempt to investigate time, its flow and perception.

The ballet features music by Max Richter, Harry Escott, Ezio Bosso, Olafur Arnalds and Ludovico Einaudi, who gained special acclaim for his soundtrack to the film The Intouchables, as well as by Les Tambours du Bronx (“the Drums of the Bronx”) percussion band.


Time – Arman URAZOV

Youth – Shugyla ADEPKHAN, Aibar TOKTAR

Adulthood –  Anastasia ZAKLINSKAYA, Olzhas TARLANOV

Maturity –  Moldir SHAKIMOVA, Rustem SEITBEKOV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan