Libretto basierend auf historischen Schriftstucken,
Leitmotiv nach dem Roman von R. Gioagnoli und einer
Idee von N. Kasatkina und V. Vasilev
Orchester des "Moscow Classical Ballet"
Production und Choreographie-Natalia Kasatkina und Vladimir Vasilev
INTRODUCTION. "SONG ABOUT THE HERO" ACT ONE
Scene one. SPARTACUS' CAPTURE
On the battlefield Spartacus fights alone against numerous enemies. Wounded, he is taken prisoner to Romans.
Scene two. CRASSUS' TRIUMPH
Ex-dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla inspects a parade of Roman military forces at the Colosseum. Greek slave Aurelia - a dancer in the image of the goddess of Victory and mime Metrobius as the god of War participate in the procession. Among the victors is a horsewoman Eutibida - Marcus Lucinius Crassus' concubine. Tied up Spartacus pulls a chariot with the successful commander Crassus. Aurelia, having recognized her beloved, rushes to Spartacus. The Victory celebration is followed by gladiatorial battles: Andabates, Retiarius and Mirmillon, Thracians and Samnites. Crassus calls unarmed Spartacus to fight against several enemies. Spartacus is victorious, but he asks to save the lives of the conquered gladiators. Spartacus is tied up again. Performing the dance of the "Roman She-wolf Eutibida makes Spartacus free of fetters and leads Crassus away from the Coliseum. Gladiators Crixus, Gannicus, and Cassius saved by Spartacus rush to him.
Scene three. CONSPIRACY
Slaves, city dwellers, mimes and beggars meet at the "Venus Libitinus" (Venus Funeral) tavern. The tavern - owner Lutacia-One-eyed and her two maids treat them. Spartacus and his friends appear. He incites everybody to revolt. All the people are enthusiastic about his call.
Scene four. RENDEZVOUS OF SPARTACUS AND AURELIA
Spartacus secretly meets Aurelia in the streets of Rome. The patricians invited to the ex-dictator Sulla's feast pass them by. Crassus is brought on the litter; he is being accompanied by Metrobius. Aurelia has to join Eutibida's retinue. Spartacus tries to avoid the insistent attention of the capricious matron.
Scene five. FEAST AT THE EX-DICTATOR'S PATIO
The noblest patricians and matrons have gathered at the Roman patio. Ex-dictator Sulla prepared a performance for his guests. Metrobius and mimes are dancing. Crassus, Metrobius and Eutibida try to involve Aurelia in the erotic games, but she manages to escape. Aurelia is dancing an Etruscan dance with Metrobius and mimes. During the Gaditan maidens' dance with snakes Spartacus and his allies rush into the patio. They set fire to the hall with torches. Spartacus let all the women and Eutibida go. She takes Crassus and Metrobius out of the patio, hiding them among the Gaditan maidens and slaves. The rebels proclaim Spartacus their commander.
ACT TWO. "VICTORY SONG"
Scene six. TRAINING OF SPARTACUS' WARRIORS AND THE BATTLE
Spartacus' camp. The gladiators teach slaves Roman ranks. The warriors train to fight with different kind of weapons. Crowd of slaves visibly transforms into perfectly trained forces. The battle with Romans. Spartacus' army wins a victory. Eutibida makes a declaration of love to Spartacus. He is indifferent to her. Eutibida tries to kill him and swears to revenge the insult.
Scene seven. CRASSUS' DEFEAT
Having flown into a rage, Crassus kills his soldiers, retreating in panic, and uses force to improve the discipline. Eutibida takes him to the occult Egyptian temple suppressed in Rome.
Scene eight. SACRIFICE
At the Egyptian temple Eutibida stabs a vestal in the ritual dance and washes Crassus' sword with her blood to plead with goddess Isis for the victory of the Roman forces.
Scene nine. REBELLION AT THE SPARTACUS' CAMP
Slaves, being in raptures about their victories, start robbing, torturing prisoners, raping their wives and daughters. Spartacus is indignant. After his interference, a group of rebels, headed by his closest friend Crixus, separate to go to Rome. Spartacus is against - his aim is to return liberated slaves to their native countries. Obeying his loyal supporters' decision, he has no choice but to remain the leader of his army.
Spartacus and Aurelia live through this night in anticipation of the last fight till death. "Love song".
Scene ten. LAST FIGHT. "SONG ABOUT IMMORTALS"
In a bloody battle Spartacus dies with his army. Eutibida conceals her sorrow. The women - slaves from the countries, conquered by Rome, mourn over their beloved men, who have perished on the battlefield. Aurelia bewaits Spartacus.
Scene eleven. CRASSUS' TRIUMPH
New slaves are putting the chariot with Crassus and Eutibida. A crowd greets the victors.