Gayane (also rendered Gayaneh or Gayne (the e is pronounced); Armenian: Գայանե; Russian: Гаянэ) is a four-act ballet with music by Aram Khachaturian. Originally composed in 1941–1942, to a libretto by Konstantin Derzhavin and with choreography by Nina Aleksandrovna Anisimova the score was revised in 1952, and in 1957, with a new plot.
Khachaturian's original Gayane was the story of a young Armenian woman whose patriotic convictions conflict with her personal feelings on discovering her husband's treason. In later years, the plot was modified several times, the resultant story emphasizing romance over nationalistic zeal.
The most famous parts of the ballet are the "Sabre Dance", which has been covered by many pop artists, and the Adagio, which featured prominently in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Director: Boris Eifman
Dance: Gennady Gorbanev, Maris Korystin, Aleksandr Rumjantsev, Larisa Tuisova