The “Astana Opera” Ballet Company Will Go to Saint Petersburg
October 31, 2016. The Astana Opera Ballet Company will perform on the new stage of the legendary Mariinsky Theatre (Saint Petersburg, Russia). On February 1 and 2, 2017, Kazakhstani artists will present M. Jarre’s ballet Notre Dame de Paris staged by the outstanding choreographer of the XX century R. Petit. The tour will take place within the framework of the EXPO 2017 program.
We hope that the Notre Dame de Paris will be interesting for the Petersburg’s general public. The appreciative ballet audience of the cultural capital of Russia, which loves art and is well versed in it, has an opportunity to appraise the creative work of not only the brilliant troupe of their native Mariinsky Theatre, but also leading foreign companies. Our performance will be a kind of test, which we will try to pass with honour. Our main goal is to present in the best way the young, constantly growing, evolving opera house of the Kazakhstani capital. This performance makes me feel a triple sense of responsibility and is particularly exciting for me, says the Artistic Director of the Astana Opera Ballet Company, Chancellor of the Kazakh National Academy of Choreography, People’s Artist of Russia Altynai Asylmuratova.
M. Jarre’s ballet Notre Dame de Paris is distinguished by its passionate, emotional dances, contrasting with the minimalistic style of the costumes created by the famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent and scenery imbued with the spirit of the Middle Ages by the renowned set designer Rene Allio. Original choreography created in the year 1965 is to this day considered provocative and innovative. The grand premiere of the ballet based on the novel by Victor Hugo took place in the Astana Opera on June 24-25, 2016. Success was achieved largely due to the absolute accuracy, musicality, excellent technique, depth of feeling and sincerity demonstrated by each of the young artists. What is more, the role of the corps de ballet here is no less important than the parts of the main characters.
Grand Prix winner of numerous international competitions Bakhtiyar Adamzhan, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Rustem Seitbekov will perform the part of Quasimodo, Esmeralda � international competitions laureate Aigerim Beketayeva, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Madina Basbayeva, Phoebus � Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Zhandos Aubakirov, international competitions laureate Arman Urazov, Frollo � international competitions laureates Gaziz Ryskulov, Serik Nakyspekov.
The Astana Opera Ballet Company will continue the cultural exchange between the two opera houses. Headed by the Artistic Director A.A. Asylmuratova, 80 ballet dancers participating in the production will go to Saint Petersburg together with a team of costumers, make-up artists, lighting designers, video directors, editors, stage mechanics. Because of the interesting feature of the score material by the Academy Award-winning composer Maurice Jarre � the performance involves an unusually large number of percussion group musicians (11 or more instrumentalists), 5 artists of the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra will be travelling along with the Music Director of the production Arman Urazgaliyev.
Let us remind that the first foreign tour of the Astana Opera also took place at the Mariinsky Theatre. Thus, in March 2014, Kazakhstani creative team presented to the residents of the northern capital of Russia the opera masterpieces � M. Tolebayev’s Birzhan-Sara, G. Verdi’s Attila (Music Director and Conductor V. Gergiev), and a rich Ballet Gala program. For the Petersburg theatre, the young troupe was also the first foreign guest company on the new stage of the Mariinsky-2. We would like to note in particular that on February 15 of this year at the invitation of Valery Gergiev the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra has performed in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under the direction of the maestro himself.
In turn, the choir, orchestra and soloists of the eminent Russian opera house have presented in Astana two parts of R. Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen � operas Das Rheingold and Die Walkure � on October 3-4, 2014, during the I Silk Way International Festival. In April 2015, the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre performed at the Astana Opera a vibrant gala concert program dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory and the 175th anniversary of P. Tchaikovsky.
The management of the Astana Opera has expressed gratitude to the Maestro Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Principal Guest Conductor of the Astana Opera, for the support of the young creative team. The opera house administration has expressed hope for continued long-term collaboration.
Source: Ministry of Culture and Sport Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan