Astana Ballet to debut at Royal Opera House

Kazakhstan’s leading ballet company, ASTANA BALLET will present four one-act ballets in their London debut

September 12th, 13th, 14th Linbury Theatre/Royal Opera House at 7.30pm





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Running time: 2 hours including one interval

Kazakhstan’s ASTANA BALLET is to make its UK debut with three performances at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, on September 12th, 13th, and 14th.  

Astana Ballet will present a mixed programme of four one-act pieces; three works feature slick, modern choreography while the fourth combines the beauty of traditional Kazakh folk art in the company’s signature piece.

When Astana Ballet made its debut in Kazakhstan in 2013, it marked a significant step-up in Kazakhstan’s cultural landscape.  Since then the company has gained thousands of fans in and around the region, in neighbouring countries and abroad; they performed in New York City, Paris, Milan, Monaco and will perform in San Francisco later this year.

ASTANA BALLET at the Linbury – programme:

LOVE FEAR LOSS is a series of duets inspired by the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse and lyricist Edith Piaf (1915-1963). Piaf’s music often reflected her own life: her lyrics to ‘Hymne à l'amour’were inspired by her love for the boxer Marcel Cerdan while ‘Mon Dieu’ tells of her personal loss when he died tragically young in a plane crash.

Music is by the French songwriter Charles Dumont (who co-wrote ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’ for Piaf), Belgian songwriter/musician Jacques Brel and most of the lyrics are penned by Piaf.

Choreography, design:   Ricardo Amarante, Guest Choreographer at Astana Ballet.

Dancers: David Jonathan, Dilara Shomayeva, Marina Kadyrkulova, Farkhad Buriyev, Tatyana Ten, Sundet Sultanov, Darina Kairasheva, Aizhan Mukatova, Ainur Abilgazina, Ilya Manayenkov.

SALOME is a one-act ballet based on Oscar Wilde’s play.  Oscar Wilde’s shocking interpretation of the famous biblical story is the inspiration for Astana’s version which uses a variety of techniques including pointe and barefoot.  

Salome was the daughter of Herod II and Herodias who, legend has it, demanded and received the head of John the Baptist:   “In life,” says Oscar Wilde, forever a brilliant philosopher and wordsmith, “there are only two real tragedies: one – when you do not get what you want and the second – when you receive.”

Music: Turkish pianist/composer Fazil Say.

Artist concept, choreography: Mukaram Avakhri.

Design: Olga Shaishmelashvili.

Libretto: Mukaram Avakhri, Dilara Shomayeva.

Dancers: Aizhan Mukatova. Ainur Abilgazina, Darina Kairasheva, Kazbek  Akhmedyarov, Farkhad Buriyev, Ilya Manayenkov.

A FUEGO LENTO is a one-act ballet about the ‘slow burn’ generated by the initial stages of a relationship. The company dancers combine tango moves with contemporary choreography to the music of some of the greatest Argentinian singers and composers including Astor Piazzolla, Lalo Schifrin, Carlos Gardel and the New York based Japanese composer Sago Kosugi. Choreography and design is by Ricardo Amarante, the company’s Guest Choreographer.

THE HERITAGE OF THE GREAT STEPPE is the company’s signature piece featuring a cast of female dancers in traditional costume and classic Kazakh folk dance choreography.  It’s the perfect way to end Astana Ballet’s exceptionally varied programme at the Linbury.

Music:   Dina Nurpeisova, Turan, Hakkas, Shamirani, Kazakh folk music.

Choreography: Mukaram Avakhri, Aigul Tati.

Created at : 1.09.2019, 14:00, Updated at : 1.09.2019, 14:00