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Classical ballet

Spartacus  

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Mikhail Sokolov
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2hours 5minutes
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in 1 b.c., a feast in crassus’ mansion. two gladiators with the blinders fight each other until one of them dies. the last winner is spartacus. however, shocked by killing a man who was once a prisoner like him, spartacus rebels with other slave gladiators, in order to attain freedom and human rights. however, they are destroyed by crassus and his mistress aegina, who had the idea of conquering the world.
this ballet is based on the historical event. it has been performed worldwide since it was choreographed by jacobson in 1956 and moiseyev in 1962. the grigorovich’s <spartacus> in 1968 is the most popular version. especially, a large scale male group dancing is introduced in his version and such unprecedented arrangement has been reviewed as very creative and excellent presentation.
the korea national ballet performed this work in seoul art center in august 2001 for the first time in asia. saying “there is spartacus in korea,” grigorovich accepted the performance of this work and coached the korean dancers for 65 days for this performance in 1968, along with natalia bessmertnova who together with maximova who was cast in phrygia. creating a sensation within the korean dance world in 2001, this performance was reviewed as great masterpiece which opened a new chapter in korean ballet. this performance had each novosibirsk ballet company and combination performance in russia and seoul in 2007.

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