Opera ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet presents the Gala Tour from Paris to Astana

ASTANA – The Paris Opera Ballet will present its Gala de Paris program from July 27 to 30 at the Astana Opera House in the Kazakh capital. The gala is part of a tour dedicated to the 350th anniversary of the Opéra National de Paris; Maestro Vladimir Lande will conduct the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra for the performances.

A press release on the gala and the tour promises a continuation of the virtuoso dance for which the French school is known and a performance of “strength and enthusiasm”. The main soloists and artists from the corps de ballet of the national ballet company will participate, such as Laetitia Pujol, Sae Eun Park, François Alu, Marc Moreau, Pablo Legasa, Axel Magliano and many others.

“An excerpt from the colorful and moving ballet ‘Raymonda’, staged by Vincent Chaillet to music by Alexander Glazunov, will open the concert’s unique program. Based on a medieval knightly legend, the ballet tells the story of the beautiful Raymonda; her fiancé, the crusader knight Jean de Brienne; and Buckwheat Abderakhman. The romantic pas de deux from the ballet ‘Le Specter de la Rose’ directed by Michael Fokine to the music of Carl Maria von Weber based on the eponymous poem by Théophile Gautier will be presented. A Grand Pas Classique staged by Victor Gsovsky with music by Daniel Auber will also be presented to the public. It premiered at the Paris Opera in 1949,” reports the Astana Opera press release.

Also on the program is “Manfred” by Rudolf Nureyev to music by Peter Tchaikovsky and a pas de deux from “Corsaire”, a classical ballet directed by Sébastien Bertaud.

The ballet “Renaissance” to the music of the Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64, will open the second part of the gala concert. French couturier and creative director of Balmain fashion house Olivier Rousteing created the costumes for this production. “Dying Swan” from the “Carnival of the Animals” suite and Carl Czerny’s Etude with all the soloists are on the program.

The event, which is also timed to celebrate Astana’s 20th anniversary, is organized with the support of the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The Paris Opera Ballet is the official national ballet of the Paris Opera, founded in 1661 by King Louis XIV as the Academy of Dance. The troupe includes more than 150 soloists. The company gives more than 180 performances a year.