Счастливые поют, stages

Гала-балет "Сколько длится сейчас?" (AstanaOpera)

2020 / 2021                 Main Hall                   the 8th Season

21 October * Wednesday * 7.00 pm



On 21 October 2020, the Gala Ballet will take place in the Main Hall of the Astana Opera House.

The two-part programme includes pas de deux from classical ballets, miniatures by contemporary Kazakhstani and foreign choreographers and the one-act ballet by RaimondoRebeckHow Long is Now? performed by the ballet dancers of the Astana Opera House.

Artistic Director of the Ballet Company – AltynaiAsylmuratova, People’s Artist of Russia.




Fragment from the ballet Beethoven – Immortal – Love. Choreography by R. Rebeck

Aigerim BEKETAYEVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


A. Adam. Pas de trois from Le Corsaire.Choreography by M. Petipa

Anel RUSTEMOVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan



F. Chopin. Duet from the ballet Ghost Ball. Choreography by D. Bryantsev

Anastasia ZAKLINSKAYA,Zhaksylyk SAUKYMBEKOV(first performance)


J.Williams.Paradise Lost. Choreography by K. Zvereva

Gaukhar USSINA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan



R.Drigo.Pas de deux from the ballet Le Talisman». Choreography by M. Petipa




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J. Massenet. Méditation from the opera Thaïs.

Bagdat ABILKHANOV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan (violin)

The Astana Opera Chamber Orchestra

Conductor Abzal MUKHITDIN, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan


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How long is now?

One-act ballet


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 RaimondoRebeck’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.

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.




Choreography: RaimondoRebeck

Scenography (to the sketches by RaimondoRebeck): Victor Carare

Lighting Design: Carlo Cerri

Costume Design (to the sketches by RaimondoRebeck): ArasselDosmuratova




Time – Arman URAZOV

Youth – Nazira ZAYETOVA / Aibar TOKTAR

Adulthood – Aigerim BEKETAYEVA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan/Olzhas TARLANOV

Maturity – Mariko KITAMURA / Rustem SEITBEKOV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan



RaimondoRebeck (Germany) is a well-known ballet master, teacher, choreographer and winner of prestigious national and international ballet competitions. As a guest choreographer, he has worked with ballet companies around the world.

He has collaborated with such renowned choreographers and artists as Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Rudolf Nureyev, Yvette Chauviré, AltynaiAsylmuratova, Hans Van Manen, JiříKylián, AngelinPreljocaj, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Mauro Bigonzetti and others.Since 2014, he has been Artistic Director and Choreographer with the NRW Juniorballet Dortmund.



Running time – 1 hour 30 minutes


Management reserves the right to substitute performers