Astana Ballet and Astana Opera theatres launch exciting online projects

Astana Ballet and Astana Opera theatres launch exciting online projects

The Astana Ballet launches a series of online tours of the theatre and its history. The project is called ‘OnStage/Online’. The online tours will tell about the development of ballet as a form of art, as well as its etiquette, audience and artists. The leading soloist of the Astana Ballet Dilara Shomayeva, together with invited guests, will reveal to the viewers the subtleties and nuances, as well as the deep meaning behind the performances from the theatre’s repertoire.

This project will help us talk interestingly and easily about the ballet in an accessible format, so that in the future when the viewers will visit our theatre after watching our episodes, they could watch our performances with a different perception. They will already know what exactly the choreographer wanted to say and convey by a particular movement or what role the lighting design plays in the performance – people will notice such little things that previously they didn’t give a thought about. We really hope that the audience will be able to learn something new from our project and simply enjoy the beautiful visuals we pay great attention to,” Shomayeva said. 

The first episode was dedicated to the history of theatre. It told about changes that theatre underwent through ages, as well as about its current life. The guest of the next episode will be the Honored Artist and the Astana Ballet choreographer Aigul Tati. The episode will be aired on May 22 at 8 p.m. Tati will tell about the process of creating the national style of the theatre, the inspiration and the future of the Kazakh dance. The viewers will be able to descend into the history of national choreographic art from antiquity to the present day.   

The third episode is scheduled to be released on May 29 and will start exactly at 10 p.m. The episode will tell about the traditions of visiting theatres – what kind of traditions were common in the fifth century BC, for example, and what norms are followed in the modern world. The Astana Ballet choreographer Ricardo Amarante will be the guest of the third episode. The viewers will immerse themselves into the atmosphere of his original productions and learn the nuances of the creation of the ballet choreography. The online tours are broadcasted on the Astana Ballet Theatre’s official YouTube channel.

Another theatre located in the Kazakh capital, the Astana Opera, will broadcast the premiere of the Honored Artist of Kazakhstan Zhannat Baktai’s concert, on its YouTube channel on May 25 at 8 p.m. The concert will be dedicated to the 175th birth anniversary of the great poet Abai.

“I wanted to make my musical contribution as part of the celebration of the great holiday, which is the 175th anniversary of the Kazakh philosopher, poet and composer Abai Kunanbaiuly. The concert program will include his most popular songs, which are loved by the public. The songs will be performed as a medley. Since the repertoire of our theatre includes the great legacy of the Kazakh classics – the opera ‘Abai’ by Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi, which we perform on all our tours as the highlight of our program, I would like to sing an excerpt of it during the online concert. The listeners will hear the opera’s ‘Azhar and Aidar’s duet’, which by its nature relates to the folk songs. Since the concert will be held online, I wanted to make it light for perception. That is why I didn’t include the complex opera arias in the program, but diversified it with the popular songs,” Baktai shares.

Two well-known accompanists, Yelena Sakhno from the Astana Opera and composer Alibi Abdinurov, will take part in the online concert. Along with Zhannat Baktai, the Honored Artist of Kazakhstan and the Order of the Star of Italy Knight Medet Chotabayev, as well as the promising tenor Narul Toikenov will also take the stage.