Anatomy of a Scene from Spartacus

ACT 1, SCENE 3:
The Orgy At Crassus’ Villa

During this iconic scene, Crassus, frenzied and drunk with wine and passion, demands that two gladiators (Spartacus and Hermes) fight to the death for his entertainment. The gladiators are forced to wear helmets with closed visors, so are unable to see one another or identify their opponent.

The positions of the dancers, their gestures, the musical cues all carry significant meaning. QPAC’s Executive Producer, Bolshoi Ballet Janelle Christofis talks us through the scene and offers tips on what to look and listen out for.

 

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