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Arts Calendar / October 7 / Ballet
19:00 Spartacus
Ballet in two acts, eleven scenes. Staging and choreography: N.Kasatkina, V.Vasilev. Libretto: based on historical materials, the novel by R.Giovagnoli and fantasies of Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilev. Spartacus opening night performance was shown in 2002. The ballet’s libretto and choreography are based on the heroic story of the slaves rebellion leader. Spartacus by Kasatkina and Vasilev is a modern classical ballet. The directors would like to show the style, mood, tragical and sensual (even erotical) atmosphere of the twilight of the Roman Republic. Critics went into a frenzy with their reviews as well as the audience that roared into applause at the end of the performance. Spartacus by Kasatkina and Vasilev is the most beautiful scandal of the beginning of the century in the world of ballet. 300 luxurious costumes by Elizaveta Dvorkina, 6 tons of unique theatrical decorations created by Joseph Sumbatashvili (it takes 8 hours to assemble all the pieces into a full setting), stage arms produced at the famous jewelry factory – everything was created to demonstrate a sensual and passionate style of the epoch of the fall of the Roman Empire. The artists were taught Roman fighting techniques by the professional stuntman Alexander Malyshev. It is the first time that the choreographers included some musical pieces which were not used in Spartacus before. As a result, the ballet turned out to be a bright and exciting performance created in accordance with Roman traditions.
State Kremlin Palace 
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