Kazakhstan seeks to leap onto ballet world stage

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in 2013 a country that builds factories thinks years ahead while one that builds theatres thinks "in terms of centuries"The cast-iron abstract sculpture stands at the entrance of the second major ballet theatre to have opened in the new capital in the last few years. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union 25 years ago, ballet has enjoyed mixed fortunes in the Muslim-majority Central Asian region's newly independent countries. Much of Kazakhstan's multi-million-dollar ballet boom has been funded by the government, but private sponsors and international partners have also stepped in.

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