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Moscow’s mighty Bolshoi Ballet returns to Australia with their grandiose epic Spartacus, recounting the story of a Roman slave's fight for freedom.

In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian soldier, is turned captive by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented upheaval…

With its famous Khachaturyan score, Spartacus has long been considered the company’s signature ballet. The choreography by Yuri Grigorovich fills the stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict, and gives full expression to the virility and strength for which Russian male dancers are renowned.

Since its first performance in the Bolshoi Theatre some 60 years ago, Spartacus remains the ultimate balletic tour de force and like the Bolshoi Ballet company itself, is dynamic, big and explosive.

Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Beyond compelling. The Guardian
Nobody performs Spartacus quite like the Russians, and last night the Bolshoi Ballet demonstrated precisely why.” The Stage, UK

Spartacus - Production Credits

Aram Khachaturyan’s Spartacus
Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich
after the novel of the same name by Raffaello Giovagnolli,
ideas from the scenario by Nikolai Volkov used

Choreographer Yuri Grigorovich
Designer Simon Virsaladze
Music Director Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Lighting Designer Mikhail Sokolov
Conductor Pavel Sorokin
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Spartacus Cast Rotation*

Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 7:30pm Denis Rodkin (Spartacus), Artem Ovcharenko (Crassus), Ekaterina Krysanova (Aegina), Maria Vinogradova (Phrygia)
Thursday, 27 June 2019, 7:30pm Igor Tsvirko (Spartacus), Alexander Volchkov (Crassus), Olga Smirnova (Aegina), Margarita Shrayner (Phrygia)
Friday, 28 June 2019, 7:30pm Mikhail Lobukhin (Spartacus), Artemy Belyakov (Crassus), Yulia Stepanova (Aegina), Anna Nikulina (Phrygia)
Thursday, 4 July 2019, 7:30pm Denis Rodkin (Spartacus), Artemy Belyakov (Crassus), Yulia Stepanova (Aegina), Anastasia Denisova (Phrygia)
Friday, 5 July 2019, 7:30pm Mikhail Lobukhin (Spartacus), Alexander Volchkov (Crassus), Olga Smirnova (Aegina), Anna Nikulina (Phrygia)
Saturday, 6 July 2019, 1pm Igor Tsvirko (Spartacus), Artem Ovcharenko (Crassus), Ekaterina Krysanova (Aegina), Eleonora Sevenard (Phrygia)
Saturday, 6 July 2019, 7:30pm Denis Rodkin (Spartacus), Artemy Belyakov (Crassus), Olga Marchenkova (Aegina), Maria Vinogradova (Phrygia)
Sunday, 7 July 2019, 1pm Mikhail Lobukhin (Spartacus), Alexander Volchkov (Crassus), Olga Smirnova (Aegina), Margarita Shrayner (Phrygia)
*casting is subject to change without notice.


Spartacus Synopsis

With its famous Khachaturyan score, Spartacus is the dramatic story of the leader of a band of slaves uprising against cruel Roman rule and has long been considered the company’s signature ballet.

The choreography by Yuri Grigorovich fills the stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict, and gives full expression to the virility and strength for which Russian male dancers are renowned.

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