Astana opera prepares to stage Notre Dame de Paris
Astana Opera is preparing to stage the grand Notre Dame de Paris ballet. It will be staged by famous choreographer Luigi Bonino. Astana Opera ballerina Madina Basbayeva will perform the leading role, a lady named Esmeralda. Parisians were the first to see the ballet 50 years ago. At that time, reformer of the post-war French ballet Roland Petit was the choreographer of the performance. And now after decades, his assistance and apprentice Luigi Bonino stages the performance in Kazakhstan leaving Petit’s original interpretation unchanged.
Notre Dame de Paris is an emotional and heartfelt drama. However, this famous ballet was interpreted in different ways. Initially there was a classical performance of Jules Perrot staged in the mid-19th century under the simple name "Esmeralda". By the mid-20th century, a completely new interpretation took place.
Madina BASBAYEVA, PERFORMER OF ESMERALDA, HONORED WORKER OF KAZAKHSTAN:
There are absolutely different muscle appliances, different body moves. We have classic positions of the hands and feet we try to show, but here you move more freely, more relaxed.
Rustem SEYTBEKOV, PERFORMER OF QUASIMODO, HONORED WORKER OF KAZAKHSTAN:
Hands become swollen and shoulders numb, you have to be the character on stage and dance and not stop playing your character for one second because a split second and you may lose it.
Costumes for the performance were created by legendary Yves Saint Laurent. He was a friend of Petit. The choreographer himself performed the role of Quasimodo, and he played brilliantly, showing that the poor bell-ringer is not only a monster with the soul of an angel, but just a person with a physical disability.
All 200 costumes in the workshops of the theater were sewn according to the sketches and samples of authentic costumes by Yves Saint Laurent. Decorations were delivered from France. As artistic director -- in the past one of the favorites of Petit Altynai Asylmuratova says, if everything goes well, they would have what was once thought and brought to life by Laurent.