Premiere of the “Carmen Suite” one-act ballet in Astana Ballet

Premiere of the “Carmen Suite” one-act ballet in Astana Ballet
Music - Georges Bizet - Rodion Shchedrin
Libretto and choreography - A. Alonso based on the similarly-named novel by P. Mérimée
Director – Timofey Lavrenyuk
Stage Designer - Zhandos Omarov
Costume Designer – Nataliya Protasova
Lighting Designer – Evgeniy Tikhonin

The Astana Ballet Theatre presents a program of one-act ballets combining the premiere of the “Carmen Suite” ballet and the “Orpheus and Eurydice” ballet.
“Carmen Suite” is a unique gem of the ballet art of the XX century. The life story of the freedom-loving, flamboyant and passionate Carmen is a source of inspiration for many choreographers, and the best ballerinas aspire to dance this part. 
The choreographic interpretation of Georges Bizet’s famous opera “Carmen” was created especially for the magnificent Maya Plisetskaya. The musical transcription on the opera’s themes was created by composer Rodion Shchedrin, who worked on the score with incredible passion. He managed to achieve true virtuosity in conveying through music the finest psychological nuances of the great opera and the novella by Prosper Mérimée. Due to the bright and extraordinary choreography by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, brilliantly conveying the feelings and aspirations of the characters, “Carmen Suite” has become a favourite ballet for many admirers of dance art and has become the heritage of the best theatre stages. 

The second part of the evening will feature 
the “Orpheus and Eurydice” one-act ballet

Music – Sergei Prokofiev, Edward William Elgar, George Frideric Handel, and Davidson Jaconello
Choreographer – Kristina Paulin, Germany
Scenography – Otto Bubeniček, Germany
Costume Designer – Dennis Peschke, Germany
“Orpheus and Eurydice” is a choreographic interpretation of the myth of Ancient Greece in the neoclassical style with elements of modernity. This love story has been of interest to people of art down the ages.
In the ballet, the choreographer answers philosophical and spiritual questions about the meaning of life and the immortality of love and the soul, praises the sincerity of feelings, the supremacy of the power of love and art. Her Orpheus is a famous writer, and Eurydice, his beloved one, is his muse and a source of inspiration.  
The stage costumes reflect the symbolism of the myth, and the scenery includes uneven mirror geometric images resembling mountains. What is happening on stage will grip the attention of the audience with an interesting plot, will attract all attention to the powerful impulse that comes from the dancers.