Marat Shemiunov, the principal dancer of the Mikhailovsky theatre will play Marcus Crassus in “Spartacus” ballet with Georgy Kovtun’s choreography on 13th and 15th June. The young war chief came out self-assured and drastic.
Marcus Licinius Crassus is interesting to me as one of the outstanding characters of Rome’s history – tells Marat Shemiunov – his person is a symbol of passion for life, wealth and fame of a great war chief.
Graduate of Vaganova ballet academy, Marat has been performing lead parts of the stage since 18 years old. In St. – Petersburg ballet world he is known as a “king of balance” for his incredible liability while working with ballerinas. This highly artistic dancer is as good in classic ballet as in contemporary dance and also he does experimental performances as a master of a spontaneous dancing.
In his free from ballet time, which is few, Marat creates graphic images and sculptures of his characters played on the stage. In the past few years has arranged more than 20 displays of his works in Saint Petersburg and different counties of the world, including Japan, Great Britain and Italy. “Human body can’t be appreciated only in static forms of art – states Marat Shemiunov – the art of photography, sculpture, choreography lets you see it. A man goes to a ballet performance to perceive it”.
The part of Marcus Crassus has become one of the best performances in Marat’s repertoire. Georgy Kovtun’s “Spartacus” was called a blockbuster ballet for its Hollywood-like wide scenes depicting Roman lifestyle and realistic battle scenes. “This Crassus was brilliant, attractive and repulsive at the same time – said the critics – and Marat did it all easily, naturally, artistically”.
“It’s my pleasure to perform this part in Grigory Kovtun’s ballet – noted Marat Shemiunov – The incredible temper and of this man and his mastery helped me to create an unforgettable image of this “”Crassic” character. Through this role and this mellow performance I get enough history, enough Rome”.