By Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
On the evening of Friday, November 22, 2019 the Saban Theatre located at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills will play host to an eclectic three-part repertoire of dances called “Masterpieces” performed by the Astana Ballet from the Republic of Kazakhstan. This will be the first time Astana has graced the West Coast stage after conquering countless audiences all over Europe.
Astana Ballet forms its famous signature style by combining classical ballet, modern dance trends, and national traditions. This synthesis allows Kazakh dances and works to be presented on the world stage while preserving Kazakhstan’s own rich and diverse cultural heritage.
The “Masterpieces” are titled “The Heritage of the Great Steppe,” “A Fuego Lento,” and “Love Fear Loss.” “The Heritage of the Great Steppe,” intended as an elegant philosophical observation that is steeped in Kazakh culture, has become a kind of visiting card for Astana all over the world.
“A Fuego Lento” uses the sultry rhythms of the tango to communicate the first stirrings of love and desire. The tragically romantic duets of “Love Fear Loss” are inspired by the extraordinary life and works of French singer Edith Piaf.
“A Fuego Lento” and “Love Fear Loss” both celebrate the neoclassical artistry of New York-born choreographer Ricardo Amarante.
Critics have called “Masterpieces” a stunning pièce de résistance for the international stage. For more information about programming and ticketing, please visit https://www.eventticketboss.co
The Saban Theatre is a historic theatre in Beverly Hills, California, formerly known as the Fox Wilshire Theater. It is an Art Deco structure at the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Hamilton Drive designed by architect S. Charles Lee and is considered a classic Los Angeles landmark. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 2012.