Yuri Burlaka, Director of Ballet
"The mightiest and grandest of world-class companies"
--The Washington Times
"A grand cinematic spectacle, full of leaps and loves and betrayals and brilliant tableaus"
--The New York Times
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich
Music by Aram Khachaturian
Founded in 1776, Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet became a symbol of excellence in the classical tradition of Soviet-era Russia, garnering a nearly mythical reputation in the West through a series of tours organized by the great 20th-century impresario Sol Hurok. After a decade-long absence, the company made a triumphant return to prominence in the United States during its Kennedy Center–produced tour in June 2000, and also performed as part of the Center's ballet seasons in 2002 and 2007.
Now, the company returns to the Kennedy Center with a powerhouse production of former artistic director Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus. The classic story of a man who falls from king to slave, rises from gladiator to rebel leader, and dies a martyr, Spartacus is filled with bravura dancing, epic staging, and heart-pounding drama. While the tale is set in Rome, its themes have links to Russia's historic struggle with class and despotism. This triumph of storytelling and dance, with "its brilliant, base theatrical power" (The Daily Telegraph, London), will have audiences standing in solidarity with Spartacus.
Part of the Kennedy Center's Focus on Russia.
Timing: Act I - 40 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act II - 40 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 45 min.
PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change) - updated 2/12/10:
Tue., Feb. 16 & Thu., Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Spartacus: Ivan Vasiliev
Crassus: Alexander Volchkov
Phrygia: Nina Kaptsova
Aegina: Maria Allash
Wed., Feb. 17, Fri., Feb. 19 & Sat., Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Spartacus: Pavel Dmitrichenko
Crassus: Yury Baranov
Phrygia: Anna Nikulina
Aegina: Maria Alexandrova
Sat., Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Spartacus: Ruben Muradyan
Crassus: Andrey Merkuriev
Phrygia: Marianna Ryzhkina
Aegina: Ekaterina Krysanova