Zhusan

One-act ballet to music by K. Shildebayev, Rachmaninov, A. Pärt, K. Jenkins

Premiere was held on the 10th of December 2014

The ballet Zhusan, created by the young Kazakhstani choreographer Mukaram Avakhri reveals the secrets of the Great Steppe to the audience. The image of wormwood, which is called ‘zhusan’ in Kazakh, permeates the whole performance. Worm – wood has a bitter taste, but the bitterness of its sadness overcomes the fragrance that is dear to us as the eternal image of the Motherland. The basis of the performance is the legends and myths of the steppe people, the allegorical image of whomis embodied in dance. The special colour and mysticism give the ballet a combination of original choreography with the great pieces of European, Russian and national music, lighting effects and video installations, which helpaudiences to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of a real journey around the vast steppe, en – veloped in legends and myths.

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