Ballet in 3 acts
Choreographer and Director – People’s Artist of the USSR, laureate of the Lenin prize and State Prize Yury Grigorovich (Russia).
Set Designer – People’s Artist of the USSR, laureate of the State prizes Simon Virsaladze.
Conductor – Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Aidar Abzhakhanov.
Artistic Director of the Ballet Company – People’s Artist of Russia Altynai Asylmuratova.
The performance, which will be presented at the Astana Opera House on 7 May 2018, will be a tribute to the renowned ballet dancer, ballet master, choreographer and teacher Ramazan Bapov, whose 70th anniversary of birth was recently marked in Kazakhstan.
Ramazan Bapov personifies the tradition and glory of the Kazakhstani ballet. He became the first and only artist in the history of choreographic art of our country who was designated the title “People’s Artist of the USSR”. As the composer A. Khachaturian who took part in the production himself said, Ramazan Bapov was one of the best performers of Spartacus in the eponymous ballet presented at the Abai State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
The monumental ballet “Spartacus” is truly a poem about the struggle with invasion and oppressive forces, about tragic irreversibility of evil and the immortality of the heroic deed.
The premiere of “Spartacus” was held at the Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Kirov (Mariinsky) on December 27, 1956 in the production of one of the most outstanding choreographers of the soviet times Leonid Yakobson.
In 1968 in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theatre a new production of “Spartacus” was made by a master of the soviet ballet, Yury Grigorovich. It differed from the Yakobson’s production in deeper psychologism and tragic tension. Impeccable and outstanding was the work of the set and costumes designer Simon Virsaladze. Ballet “Spartacus” is an example of the highest synthesis of music, choreography and painting.
In the music of “Spartacus”, one of the best Khachaturian’s works embodied the most striking features of his oeuvre: catchy and memorable images, splendid and brilliant crowd scenes, original melodies, in which European traits are harmoniously combined with oriental intonations.
For many decades the immortal ballet “Spartacus” has been a jewel of the repertoire of many world theatres.
A performance with two intermissions
Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes