Astana ballet theatre presents premiere
The legendary performance directed by William Forsythe was staged on the Kazakh stage for the first time. Astana Ballet presented a neoclassical production "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated". The artists depict the performance as the complicated choreography with acrobatic elements, unusual music and high emotional tension.
VALERY KUZEMBAYEV, DIRECTOR, ASTANA BALLET THEATRE:
- This is ballet of perfect movements and extreme technique. For the first glance, it seems that these are simple movements, but they require a lot of rehearsals and endurance from the artists. It's the ballet of the most modern level. This ballet is the peak of the ballet vanguard.
Paris hosted the premiere of this ballet in 1987. William Forsythe’s production doesn’t include impressive scenery and bright costumes. Every detail of the performance focuses on the artists, particularly, movements, plasticity and gestures. This is the main expressive part of the production.
MUKARAM AVAKHRI, BALLET MASTER, ASTANA BALLET THEATER
- The ballet is very serious and difficult in terms of technical and emotional components. Back then this ballet draw the line between classical ballet and modern choreography. As we call it, the ballet is on the verge of dancing possibilities, extreme body positions and emotional state.
This evening the Astana Ballet artists also showcased one-act productions from Serenade by George Balanchine and Contrasts by Ruben Terranova.