Opera ballet

Ballet artists from Astana Opera shine in international competition in New York

ASTANA — Artists from the Astana Opera Theater scored a double victory at the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) from June 5-10 in New York, according to the theater’s press service.

Principal dancer of the Astana Opera Ballet, Bakhtiyar Adamzhan became the first Grand Prix winner in the Classical Dance category in the history of the competition. Another soloist from the Astana Opera Ballet, Serik Nakyspekov, won a bronze medal.

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The authoritative honorary president of the jury was the choreographer Mikko Nissinen (Finland) and the president of the judges was the ballet master and people’s artist of Russia Andris Liepa.

“It was a very difficult competition. There were serious competitors from Korea, Japan, the United States, Brazil, France and Canada. I presented four classical variations and one modern dance. For my last performance, I presented a brilliant variation of Diana and Actaeon from the ballet Esmeralda by C. Pugni. I would like to express my gratitude for the support given to our state, especially to the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan. Having the opportunity to represent our art abroad, we are implementing the tasks entrusted to us by the President: to promote modern Kazakh culture in the world,” Adamzhan said.

Following the competition, the artist was invited to participate in gala concerts on prestigious world stages.

Nakyspekov presented a modern dance in his own production, which was praised by the members of the jury.

“I was a little nervous before the first round, but it went away as soon as I got on stage. It wasn’t my first visit to New York, it’s a city full of opportunities, but, being there I really missed Astana and my native theatre.In addition to modern dance, I performed James’ variation of the ballet La Sylphide, a variation of the ballet Le Corsaire and made my debut with the variation of the Talisman ballet,” Nakispekov said.

Now Adamzhan and Nakyspekov began to prepare for the difficult competition with 200 participants in Moscow. The International Ballet Competition and Choreographer’s Competition is one of the most prestigious ballet performances in the world. This major event will mark the 90th birthday of the exceptional contemporary choreographer, artistic director of the competition Yuri Grigorovich. The international competition precedes the Year of Russian Ballet and the 200th birthday of the great ballet master Marius Petipa.