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07 September 2018 (Fri), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Stars of the Stars OPENING OF THE 2018/2019 BALLET SEASON Classical Ballet Spartacus (ballet in two acts) RETURN TO STAGE

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (till 21:50)


Schedule for Spartacus (ballet in two acts) 2018/2019

Conductor: Karen Durgarian

Set Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Composer: Aram Khachaturian
Stage Director: George Kovtun

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Libretto: George Kovtun
Choreography: George Kovtun
Set and costumes designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Premiere of the production: April 29, 2008

Under the artistic direction of Farukh Ruzimatov, choreographer Georgy Kovtunís new production of Spartacus is a full-length entertainment extravaganza.

With elaborate gilded sets and matching gold costumes by Vyacheslav Okunev and an onstage opera chorus a Roman drama unfolds on a grand scale.
The choreography includes high, stage-sweeping jumps and difficult lifts. Metal swords splay out sparks as the gladiators and centurions go for each, and the crowd, so crucial to any portrayal of Rome, moves like a menacing, single organism, flowing across the stage.

The production proceeds in high-energy mode from start to finish. Kovtunís Spartacus captures the flavour of Rome and the feel and energy of the circus in a Coliseum, effectively garnished with a Bacchanalian orgy. Those looking for emotional depth and a dramatic connection to the artists wonít be left disappointed.



Synopsis

Act I

Scene 1
Invasion.
The military machine of imperial Rome, led by Crassus, wages a cruel campaign of conquest, destroying everything in its path. Among the chained prisoners, who are doomed to slavery, are Spartacus and Phrygia.

Spartacusíc Monologue.
Spartacus is in despair. Born a free man, he is now a slave in chains.

Scene 2
The Slave Market.
Slave dealers separate the men and women prisoners for sale to rich Romans. Spartacus is parted from Phrygia.

Phrygiaís Monologue.
Phrygia is overcome with grief. She thinks with horror of the terrifying ordeals that lie ahead of her.

Scene 3
Orgy at Crassusís Palace.
Mimes and courtesans entertain the guests, making fun of Phrygia, Crassusís new slave. Aegina draws Crassus into a frenzied, bacchanalian dance. Drunk with wine and passion, Crassus demands a spectacle. Two gladiators are to fight to death in helmets with closed visors, i.e., without seeing each other. The victorís helmet is removed. It is Spartacus.

Spartacusíc Monologue.
Against his will, Spartacus has been forced to murder a fellow man. His despair develops into anger and protest. He will no longer tolerate captivity. He has but one choice of action - to win back his freedom. "Click

Scene 4
The Gladiatorsí Barracks.
Spartacus incites the gladiators to revolt. They swear an oath of loyalty to him and, of one accord, break out of the barracks to freedom.

Act II

Scene 5
The Appian Way.
Having broken out of their captivity and finding themselves on Appian Way, surrounded by shepherds, Spartacusís followers call the latter to join the uprising. Shepherds and populace proclaim Spartacus as their leader.

Spartacusís Monologue.
The thought of Phrygiaís fate as a slave gives Spartacus no peace. He is haunted by memories of his loved one whom he thinks of day and night. "Click

Scene 6
Crasussís Villa.
His search for Phrygia leads Spartacus to Crassusís villa. The two lovers are overjoyed at their reunion. But, due to the arrival of a procession of patricians, led by Aegina, they are forced to hide.

Aeginaís Monologue. Aegina has long dreamed of seducing and gaining power over Crassus. Her goal is to win him and thereby gain legal admittance to the world of the Roman nobility.

Scene 7
Feast at Crasussís Villa.
Crassus celebrates his victories. The patricians sing his praises. The festivities are cut short by an alarming piece of news: Spartacus and his min have all but surrounded the villa/ The panic-stricken guests disperse. Crassus and Aegina are also forced to flee. Spartacus breaks into the villa. "Click

Spartacusís Monologue.
Victory! It elates him and fills him with faith that the uprising will be successful. Victory!

Scene 8
Spartacusís Victory. Spartacusís men have taken Crassus prisoner and want to kill him, but Spartacus is not bent on revenge and suggests that they should engage in single-handed combat. Crassus accepts the challenge and suffers defeat: Spartacus knocks the sword out of his hand. Crassus makes ready demonstratively to meet his death, but Spartacus, with a gesture of contempt, lets him go. That all shall know of Crassusís dishonor is punishment enough. The jubilant insurgents praise the victory of Spartacus.

Act III

Scene 9
Crasuss Takes His Revenge.
Crassus is tormented by his disgrace. Fanning his hurt pride, Aegina calls on him to take his revenge. There is only one way forward - death to the insurgents. Crassus summons his legions. Aegina sees him off to battle.

Aeginaís Monologue. Spartacus is Aeginaís enemy too. The defeat of Crassus will be her downfall. Aegina devises a perfidious plan - she will sew dissension in Spartacusís encampment. "Click

Scene 10
Spartacusís Encampment. Spartacus and Phrygia are happy to be together. But suddenly his military commanders bring the news that Crassus is on the move with a large army. Spartacus decides to give battle but, overcome by cowardice, some of his warriors desert their leader.

Scene 11
Dissension.
Aegina infiltrates the ranks of the traitors who, though they have abandoned Spartacus, might still be persuaded to go with him. Together with the courtesans she seduces the men with wine and erotic dances and, as a result, they put all caution to the winds. Having lured the traitors into a trap, Aegina hands them over to Crassus.

Spartacusís Monologue.
Crassus is consumed by the wish for revenge. Spartacus shall pay with his death for the humiliation that he, Crassus, was forced to undergo. "Click

Scene 12
The Last Battle.
Spartacusís forces are surrounded by the Roman legions. Spartacusís devoted friends perish in unequal combat. Spartacus fights on fearlessly right up to the bitter end but, closing in on the wounded hero, the Roman soldiers crucify him on their spears.

Requiem.
Phrygia retrieves Spartacusís body from the battle field. She mourns her beloved, her grief is inconsolable. Raising her arms skywards, Phrygia appeals to the heavens that the memory of Spartacus live foreverÖ


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Schedule for Spartacus (ballet in two acts) 2018/2019


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