We are in Athens and specifically in Herodeion ancient theater, in Greece.
In the film we watch parts of the first ever performance of the Bolshoi Ballet in Greece. Four performances were given on 16, 17, 18 and 27 August 1977.
It is the Aram Ilyich Khachaturian's ballet Spartacus, choreographed by the first choreographer and artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Yuri Grigorovich, with lead soloist Mikhail Leonidovich Lavrovsky in the homonymous role as well as Vladimir Vasiliev and Yuri Vladimirov in leading roles as well and opens with the soloist Mikhail Lavrovsky as Spartacus.
The story presents the achievements of Spartacus, the leader of the slaves during their revolt against the Romans. But the story of ballet in many places distances itself from historical events.
We watch shots with all the ballet on stage, the soloist Natalia Bessmertnova as well as figures of couples that follow. Afterwards, Vladimir Vassiliev gets on the stage and we watch his dance for a while. The filmmaker shows us the 3rd act with the battle of Spartacus and the end of the show.
The film closes with the bows of the protagonists.
*The Bolshoi Ballets are an internationally renowned classical ballet company based in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. They were founded in 1776 and are one of the oldest ballet groups in the world and one of the most diverse. Nowadays, it usually employs 220 dancers. The majority of the dancers come from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, known as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The World First Legendary Ballet Swan Lake was given in 1877 by the Bolshoi Ballets.