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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.

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Kazakhstan Astana State Opera Ballet Theater - Shaman of Rain

Choreography - / Music - / Performer - Doszhan Tabyldy

〈Shaman of Rain> is the other piece with ethnic colors. It is a 6-minute-long solo ballet piece with Kazakhstan music of Ruslan Kara. It describes a shaman wishing for rain.

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Kazakhstan Astana State Opera Ballet Theater - Russian Dance

Choreography - / Music - / Performer - Anelya Rustemova

Russian Dance is a ballet piece of Slav style Russian folk dance reformed into a classical form. It is one of two solo pieces with ethnic colors that will be performed in this Gala show. The dance starts with feminine lyricism and gradually leads to dynamic Slavic moves. A white towel with Russian traditional costume reminds the audience of white cloth used in Salpuri-chum(Exorcism Dance) of Korea, regardless of its connection to it.