Spartacus is Closing the Ballet Season

July 05, 2016

NOVAT is closing the ballet season with one of the brightest and most spectacular productions recently included into the repertoire — Spartacus ballet by Aram Khachaturian as choreographed by George Kovtun. The performances are scheduled on July 5 and 6.

The production premiered in January of 2016 — choreographer George Kovtun presented his version of events that took place in Roman Empire in the I century B. C. By the will of the staging team, the production combines dances, music, singing and drama. Unique set and costumes by Vyacheslav Okunev exhibit luxury that Roman noblemen used to lavish upon themselves.

"I attempted to stage this title like a widescreen feature film, — says George Kovtun. — It is one of the most massive productions, about 300 people are involved on stage including the choir, extras, children from the Choreographic School and, of course, live tigress Shakira, the true actress".

George Kovtun, as previously noted in a review by "Novaya Sibir", translated the "story of a hero, whose intelligence, willpower and high principles overcame myopic givens of his time" into a dimension, "where basic instincts rage and groove".

"Spartacus is not just one of the roles. When I dance, neither audience nor family exist to me, it seems as if I cast back into that time and live through everything that my character experienced", — says Denis Matvienko, the main part performer and one of the best dancers of our age.

At the turn of the ballet season main parts in Spartacus will be performed by Denis Matvienko and Nikolai Maltsev (Spartacus), Olga Grishenkova and Kseniya Zakharova (Phrygia), Anna Odintsova and Anna Germizeeva (Aegina), Marat Shemiunov and Mikhail Lifentsev (Crassus). Conductor — Karen Durgaryan.