Astana Opera invites all to the evening of one-acts contemporary ballets, a philosophical reflection on time and its specific moments “How long is now?” by Raimondo Rebeck’s and a ballet based on Adam Kapanov’s libretto Celestial Nomadic Travelling“Sounds of Time” by Ksenia Zvereva’s.
“How long can Now last” at different moments of life? It seems to the one who is in love that a kiss is as long as eternity, and the memories of suffering can last forever or disappear without a trace… Time flows differently for a person who is painfully passing away, and for people who love this person.
Today is tomorrow’s Yesterday, because what has just happened, immediately becomes the past. Thus, you can answer the question “How long is Now?”, as the White Rabbit answered a similar question of Alice, the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, “Now, like Forever, sometimes lasts just one second”.
In Raimondo Rebeck’s ballet, three pairs of ballet dancers will illustrate the different stages of a person’s life. By means of art of dance, the talented choreographer makes an original attempt to investigate time, its flow and perception.
Music by Max Richter, Harry Escott, Ezio Bosso, Olafur Arnalds and Ludovico Einaudi, who gained special acclaim for his soundtrack to the film The Intouchables, as well as by Les Tambours du Bronx (“the Drums of the Bronx”) percussion band.
“Sounds of Time” is based on Adam Kapanov’s libretto Celestial Nomadic Travelling to the music of Aktoty Raimkulova. Set design by Riccardo Massironi.
The story of lovers, whose fathers were ordinary people, while mothers were celestial nomads, lies at the heart of the ballet. The main characters Ansar and Nuriya unknowingly possess the ancient magic and find themselves in a whirlwind of amazing events. On their way, they face good and evil, love and hatred, self-commitment and selfishness. However, this fascinating story, filled with magic and spirit of times, will be transferred to our modern world. Mysterious powers of heroes and magic amulets will take different forms, and the character traits and deeds of the heroes will become recognizable for today’s spectators. The performance will reflect the contemporary world, its current problems, relationship between people, and different layers of society and its values. Thus, the densely eventful plot of the ballet, where myth and reality are intertwined, will eventually lead to the ideas that have always been, are and will remain the main concepts regardless of time and space.