Brussels hosted a gala concert "The Legacy of the Great Steppe" by the Astana Ballet troupe. The public interest in performances by Kazakh artists, including world classics and Kazakh national music, exceeded all expectations. The tickets were sold out a few days before the concert.

AIGUL TATI, BALLET MASTER, ASTANA BALLET:

- Of course, it is a great responsibility to us and a great honor for our theater. In addition, we have the national ‘People of the Great Steppe’ program. The choreography and dances were staged based on traditions and national music. We want to convey our culture and history through the language of dance.

The audience greeted the "Love Fear Loss" production warmly. The production was based on the songs from famous French singer Edith Piaf’s repertoire. Each of the three duets of the ballet has its own love story. Kazakh music of Kurmangazy and Dina Nurpeisova won the love of the Belgians, too. The spectators were able to discover the Kazakh culture and view the philosophy of the nomads from a new perspective.

ZHANIBEK ATAUSHIYEV, SPECTATOR:

- Astana Ballet performed very well in Belgium. It was beautiful! The production was very interesting and I want to note that I have never seen such an exciting performance ever before. I hope that I will see the performances by Kazakh artists more than once in the future. I wish that Kazakhstan continues to develop in the creative area.

Australian David Jonathan has been working with the team for 1.5 year. He has already performed solo in one-act "A fuego lento" ballet which is the modern production about power of love.

DAVID JONATHAN, LEADING SOLOIST, ASTANA BALLET:

- Why Astana? Well, the choreographer Ricardo Amarante was invited to make a ballet may be almost two years ago and after that he was then invited to come as a resident choreographer.

NORBERT JUSTIN, FORMER EU SPOKESPERSON IN KAZAKHSTAN:

- This is a very good way to bring Kazakhstan closer to Europe and an excellent example of what artists show in their homeland. Belgians were able to appreciate this art today. I hope that there will be more such events and I congratulate the people of Kazakhstan on the ballet of such high quality!

MARK IVASILEVICH, FRENCH ART CRITIC:

- The troupe and all the dancers felt at home in Europe! You not only have the wonderful theater that you built, but also the academy, which is going to host the entire world, including young talents and young choreographers. I believe that your theater becomes a laboratory for the whole world because it is located at a crossroads of Japan, China and Western Europe!

Kazakh dancers got a standing ovation from Belgian spectators! The autumn tour of Astana Ballet in St. Petersburg is coming to an end.

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