Music by Aram Khachaturian (includes his famous "Sabre Dance")
Libretto by Vilen Galstyan
Musical Director and Principal Conductor: Karen Durgaryan
Choreographer: Vilen Galstyan
Set Designer: Minas Avetisyan
Costume Designer: Roubina Hovhannisyan
Performance running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
There will be two intervals
In an Armenian village people are resting after a hard day’s work. Compared with the other girls, Gayaneh stands out with her beauty and charm. In her spare time she loves to dance. Gayaneh is the embodiment of Armenia, its vivid colours and unique national hues. Armen, who is in love with Gayaneh, cannot draw his eyes away from the young woman.
Giko, who is aware of Gayaneh and Armen’s love, nevertheless tries to win the girl’s heart. His unrequited love encourages him to play dirty and cruel tricks. Giko is a courageous and decisive fellow who will see no obstacles in his path. But here he faces defeat. This annoys Giko. His heart is filled with malice and despair. He resolves to avenge himself.
With the help of his friends, Giko abducts Gayaneh. The entire village hears of what has happened with lightning speed. The villagers are shocked and angry. Led by Armen, they discover the kidnappers. Giko is unable to bear the villagers’ wroth. He resolves to flee. Gayaneh and Armen are happy. Love has triumphed and they are free to marry. All their fellow villagers sing and dance at the wedding. This part of the ballet includes several folk dances, among them the famous Sabre Dance.
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