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Spartacus at Cineplex on Sunday

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM
An especially graceful moment in the Bolshoi Ballet'’s Spartacus.
High flying dancing in the Bolshoi Ballet'’s Spartacus.

Spartacus will be shown this Sunday at the Palace Cineplex, starting at 11:30 a.m. The historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BC led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic, is a living legend and the subject of at least one Hollywood blockbuster and several TV series the world over.

The Bolshoi Ballet's interpretation, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich with music by Aram Kachaturian, is equally spectacular and is inspired by the novel of the same name by Raffaello Giovagnolli.

Grigorovich's Spartacus was created at the Bolshoi in 1968 and has since remained the Russian company's signature ballet. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the strength for which the Bolshoi's male dancers are renowned. Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, along with Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina.

The stunning set is designed by Simon Virsaladze, the costume designer is Simon Virsaladze and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky is music director.

In Spartacus the military machine of imperial Rome, led by General Crassus, wages a cruel campaign of conquest, destroying everything in its path. Among the chained prisoners, doomed to slavery, are Spartacus and his wife Phrygia. Spartacus is in despair. Born a free man, he is now a slave in chains.




In the slave market dealers separate the men and women prisoners for sale to rich Romans. Spartacus is parted from Phrygia. She is overcome with grief and thinks with horror of the terrifying ordeals that lie ahead of her.

At Crassus palace mimes and courtesans entertain guests, making fun of Phrygia, Crassus's new slave. A courtesan, Aegina draws Crassus into a frenzied, bacchanalian dance. Drunk with wine and passion Crassus demands a spectacle. Two gladiators are to fight to death in helmets with closed visors that is, without seeing each other. The victor's helmet is removed.

It is Spartacus.

Encore performances of the spectacular 2015 2016 season of the Bolshoi Ballet, captured live from Moscow, are now showing at Palace Cineplex in the Sovereign Centre, Liguanea, St Andrew. Tickets are on sale at participating cinema box offices and via the web at, with a Palace Card.