Premieres of the “Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra” and “The Arcana of Fate” ballets at Astana Ballet


Venue: the Astana Ballet Theatre
Date and time: November 27 and 28, 2021
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes with one intermission
Age limit: 7+ *If your child is 7 years old or older, you need to purchase a separate
ticket for them

About the “Capriccio for piano and orchestra” ballet

One-act ballet

“Capriccio for piano and Orchestra” (Rubies) is one of the parts of the “Jewels” performance that adorns the repertoires of the world’s leading theatres. The best-known choreographer and creator of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, being inspired by the artistry of the jewelry designer of “Van Cleef & Arpels”, created a ballet about precious stones, in which he elegantly expressed his life story and love for all stages of his creative career. “Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra” to the music of Igor Stravinsky is a vivid and dynamic ballet with fantastic energy. The action is characterized by emotional intensity, and shines with all facets of fiery passion. The production of George Balanchine has been prepared in collaboration with the George Balanchine Trust and implemented in accordance with the standards of style and technique.


Authors and directors:
Music - Igor Stravinsky (Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra)
Choreography - George Balanchine
Production - Paul Boos

About “The Arcana of Fate” ballet

One-act ballet

The Tarot cards are enigmatic, mysterious, and boundless, like the universe. The symbolism encoded in them is rooted in secret knowledge, revealed only to the initiated ones. This is a real treasure trove, concealing fundamental truths and great knowledge, which represent the key to the bottomless sources of wisdom of mankind on the way to self-understanding. For the past five centuries, the Tarot has intrigued and tempted historians, artists, poets, and now choreographers with its mystical and allegorical symbolism. The arcana system contains a colourful and comprehensive picture of the world; metaphorical images reveal the true human nature. “The Arcana of Fate” ballet consists of twenty-two fascinating separate stories framed in modern choreography, which come together to form a scenic whole.


Authors and directors:
Music, libretto - Karina Abdullina, Honoured figure of Kazakhstan
Choreographer - Mukaram Avakhri, Honoured figure of Kazakhstan