Kazakhstan Astana State Opera Ballet Theater - Spartacus Pas de Deux
The setting of 〈Spartacus> is ancient Rome and it is based on the slave rebellion known as 'The Third Servile War'. Spartacus was the leader of the slaves. Aram Khachaturian(1903-1978) first composed 〈Spartacus> in 1945 and won the Lenin Prize with the piece. Leonid Yakobson, the choreographer of Leningrad Kirov Ballet, first made it into a ballet in 1956. However, the piece was less successful because it excluded the use of classical point shoes. In 1958, Igor Moiseyev choreographed and performed it at the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow. 〈Spartacus> gained its fame in 1968 when the then head of Bolshoi Ballet Yury Grigorovich choreographed the piece. 〈Spartacus> has been performed ever since as one of major repertoires of many Russian ballet troupes and also became a legendary masterpiece of Khachaturian. In this Gala show, the adagio pas de deux of Spartacus and his wife Phrygia will be performed.