Azerbaijan to join Theatre Forum in Minsk

By: Laman Sadigova

Azerbaijan`s State Academic Drama Theatre will take part in the second Youth Theatre Forum of the CIS countries, Baltic states and Georgia to take place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus next month.

Azerbaijani actors will perform “A divine game” on the stage of the National Academic Theater of Belarus named after Yanka Kupala on November 19, BELTA reports.

An ethno musical, the play is based on “The Song of Bugach Khan, son of Dirse Khan” poem of the Book of Dede Korkut, Oghuz epic stories.

Director Mikayil Mikayilov said: “We tried to take the spectators to the ancient world, a world where all just started up… when the blessing was a blessing and a curse was a curse. When Kamas (shamans) communicated with the gods, travelled between worlds and struggled with evil spirits.”

“We wanted to keep the melodies of the ancient language spoken by Oghuz tribes,” he said, adding that thanks to the actors they “were able to create an ethno musical that adds some modern color to the legend”.

In addition to the competitive selection of directors, theater artists and playwrights are also passing selection. The best works of the artists will be presented at the exhibition, which will be held within the forum in the gallery space TBS.

The best plays of young playwrights are published in a special collection.

On March 10, 1873, in “Club of aristocrats” under the guidance of the well-known educator Hasan bey Zardabi pupils of Baku Real school put at stage M.F.Akhundov’s “Vizier of Lankaran khan” comedy and thus the foundation of professional national theater -the Academic National Drama Theatre –was laid. The theatre, which previously performed spectacles in the form of various troupe (at theatre groups under the “Nijat”, “Safa”, “Hamiyyət” cultural-educational societies, as well as in the form of the “Muslim Drama Artists’ Union”, “Brothers Hajibeyov administration”), since 1919 till date had been functioning under the status of the State Theatre.

During the 125-year history of the theater after creation of actors school of Abulfat Veli, Mohammed bey Alvandi, Hussein Arablinsky, Jahangir Zeynalov, Abulhasan Anaplı, the great generation of actors and directors was trained: People’s Artists of the USSR Aga Aliyev, Sidgi Ruhulla, Marziyyə Davudova, Alesker Alekperov, Adil Iskandarov (director), Hokumə Gurbanova, Ismail Daghestanli, Ismail Osmanly, Mohsun Sanani, Reza Tahmasib (actor and director), etc.

ANDT finding growth with plays of M.F.Akhundov, N.B.Vazirov, A.B.Haqverdiyev, N. Narimanov, J. Jabbarli, H. Javid, S. Rahman, Ilyas Afandiyev had included in own repertoire works of classics of the world like Shakespeare, Schiller Molliere, Lope de Vega, Carlo Haldoni, A. Dumas, V. Hugo, H. Hauptman, Maurice Maeterlinck, Balzac, Eugene O `Nil, B. Nusich, M. Sebastian, H. Heynen, Walter, A. Ostrovski, A. Pushkin, M. Lermontov, L. Tolstoy, N. Gogol, A. Chekhov and dozens others.