A. Khachaturyan "SPARTACUS"

18/02 - 18:00

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A. Khachaturyan



ballet in 3 acts

Libretto by Nikolai Volkov

Choreography by Zaurbek Raibayev, people's artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, professor


The performance has one intermission

Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

Age limit: 10+


Production Team:

Production-conductor – YERBOLAT AKHMEDYAROV, honored Figure of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Ballet master - stage director – GULZHAN TUTKIBABAYEVA, people's artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Production designer – VYACHESLAV OKUNEV, people’s artist of Russia, laureate of the State prizes of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Russia

Chief Chorus Master – ALIYA TEMIRBEKOVA



In December 1941, during the most tragic days of the Great Patriotic War, a distinguished Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian started creating ballet “Spartacus”. According to the composer, the heroic image of Spartacus and the idea of the rebellion of the slaves in the ancient Rome had a great meaning: “It is important that people know and remember the names of those who at the dawn of human history rose boldly to struggle for freedom and independence.


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.

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Characters and Actors:



Crassus…………NELSON PEÑA

Aegina…………. ASSEL ASKAROVA (first performance)


Etruscans, Gaditan maidens, heteraes, mimes, centurions, companions of Spartacus, artisans and others - ballet dancers.


Symphony Orchestra of the Abay Kazakh National Opera and Ballet Theater


Chief Сonductor – NURZHAN BAIBUSSINOV, honored figure of the Republic of Kazakhstan


* The current cast of performers is available on the official website of the theatre

* The theatre reserves the right to make changes to the cast of performers

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