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XIX International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY The Stars of the White Nights 2020
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Classical Ballet Spartacus (ballet in 3 acts)
World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - established 1783

Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Spartacus (ballet in 3 acts) 2020

Composer: Aram Khachaturian
Lighting Designer: Alexander Naumov
Designer: Valentina Khodasevich
Choreography: Leonid Yakobson
Production design: Sergei Grachev
Revival Designer: Batozhan Dashitsyrenov

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

World premiere: 27 December 1956, Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Mariinsky), Leningrad, USSR
Premiere of this production: 1 July 2010, Mariinsky Theatre, St Peterburg

Revival of the original 1956 production

Music by Aram Khachaturian
Choreography by Leonid Yakobson

Sets by Valentina Khodasevich
Revival Designers: Batozhan Dashitsyrenov & Sergei Grachev
Lighting Designer: Nikolai Naumov
Costume Designer: Irina Korovina
Coach: Vyacheslav Khomyakov


Spartacus, or Spartak, is a ballet by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). The work follows the exploits of Spartacus, the leader of the slave uprising against the Romans known as the Third Servile War, although the ballet's storyline takes considerable liberties with the historical record. Khachaturian composed the ballet in 1954, and for this was awarded a Lenin Prize that year. It was first staged, with choreography by Leonid Yakobson, in Leningrad 1956, but only with qualified success since Yakobson abandoned conventional pointe in his choreography. The ballet received its first staging at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow in 1958, choreographed by Igor Moiseev; however it was the 1968 production, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, which achieved the greatest acclaim for the ballet. It remains one of Khachaturian's best known works and is prominent within the repertoires of the Bolshoi Theatre and other ballet companies in Russia and the former Soviet Union

On the two January Sundays at the Mariinsky Theatre we are presenting ballets choreographed by Leonid Yakobson: Shurale and Spartacus. Since the middle of last century, for decades, both performances were among the most popular and beloved ones in the ballet repertory of our theater. Over the last seasons, these performances have been carefully restored, and a number of young ballet artists of the Mariinsky Theatre took a great interest to learn the new for them style and roles of the main characters, enriched with a great drama, theatricality generous and sincerely expressive with respect to what is being called simple human feelings. Choreography by Leonid Yakobson features a combination of dance, drama and pantomime. It has a careful attitude to the era of storytelling and original details of plots. Revival of these ballets represents one of the most important periods in the development of the Mariinsky Ballet in the 20th century and their popularity these days proves that they have stood the test of time and now they are once again in the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre.







Schedule for Spartacus (ballet in 3 acts) 2020


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