Kazakh artists won the hearts of the Greek audience. Abai State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre brought one of its latest productions "Legends of the Great Steppe" to Athens for the first time. The tour is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence, therefore, the choice fell namely on this ballet. Colorful and romantic, the performance is about Kazakhstan’s history and culture. Assel Askarova takes the leading role - the role of the proud daughter of a powerful sultan with long braids and gentle look. Events unfold in the Kazakh steppe and therefore it was particularly pleasant to dance the party on the European stage, the soloist says.

 

Assel ASKAROVA, SOLOIST, ABAI OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE:

I have been dancing this part since the premiere; it’s a great part. It’s an honor to play it. The play is very beautiful, it represents our culture. You can see Kazakh national dances, the peculiarities of hand movements and a very unusual order.

 

The ballet about peace and enmity, unity of people and traditions of the steppe has been staged by the Abai Theater last year and had success with the domestic audience. It is the first time the ballet was performed abroad. Kazakh composers’ music, bright and original costumes are new for Europeans.

 

Askar BURIBAYEV, DIRECTOR GENERAL AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ABAI STATE ACADEMIC OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE:

We wanted to show our National Ballet with Kazakh music. We need to show Kazakh music, Kazakh ballet with our dancers in Europe. Everyone can see "Swan Lake", "La Bayadere" and "Giselle" here. But such an amazing ballet of the Kazakh steppe is quite a rare opportunity.

 

The audience left the theatre hall really impressed. Former Speaker of Hellenic Parliament appreciated the originality of the ballet production.

 

Vyron POLYDORAS, FORMER VICE SPEAKER OF HELLENIC PARLIAMENT:

We celebrated the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence, enjoyed this wonderful ballet. It tells about traditions. We saw the original lifestyle of the nomadic people, the country’s past, a story of love and war, and I must say we have really enjoyed it.

 

Artists received lots of feedback from former Kazakhstan citizens who moved to Greece.

 

Rima BUKENOVA, SPECTATOR:

Costumes and everything are magnificent. I am Kazakh, I miss Kazakhstan. I think all Kazakhs who moved to Greece for permanent stay miss Kazakhstan.

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