The Golden Slave

The Golden Slave is romantic pas de deux, choreographed to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scherazade.  An archaeologist, at a dig in the desert, stumbles upon the golden Slave.  He is mourning the loss of her dead lover.  he falls in love with her and tries to persuade her to let go of the golden scarf and the burdens of the past.  At last, she realizes her love for him and releases her burdens to join her lover in life.

“Sheherazade, Op. 35, is a symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, sometimes known as The Arabian Nights,[1] this orchestral work combines two features typical of Russian music and of Rimsky-Korsakov in particular: dazzling, colorful orchestration and an interest in the East, which figured greatly in the history of Imperial Russia, as well as orientalism in general.”

The Golden Slave was awarded Pointe Magazine’s “Viewers Choice” for Video of the Month.


Choreographer: John M. Castagna

Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Op. 35

Dancers in Photos: Stephanie Kim, Jack Virga