Posted on July 17, 2019
Astana Ballet, the Republic of Kazakhstan’s leading ballet company, presents four one-act ballets in its London debut from September 12 to 14 at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre. The mixed bill combines modern choreography with a flavour of traditional Kazakh folk art and includes performances of The Heritage of the Great Steppe, Love Fear Loss, A Fuego Lento and Salome.
The Heritage of the Great Steppe is the company’s signature piece featuring a cast of female dancers in traditional costume and classic Kazakh folk dance choreography; Love Fear Loss is inspired by the life and music of the French singer Edith Piaf; A Fuego Lento (Burning Desire) explores the first feelings of anxiety and emotion when you fall in love; finally, Salome is based on Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, which inspired Astana’s interpretation using a variety of techniques including pointe and barefoot.
When Astana Ballet made its debut in Kazakhstan in 2013, it marked a significant step in the country’s cultural landscape. Since then the company has performed in New York, Paris, Milan, Monaco and will perform in San Francisco later this year. In London, one lucky pair can experience Astana Ballet on the evening of September 12 for free! To enter our competition, simply send your name and postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 30, 2019.
Image: Astana Ballet in The Heritage of the Great Steppe. Photograph: Askhat Nurekin.