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Fikrat Amirov's ballet to be staged in St. Petersburg

11 February 2023 13:20 (UTC+04:00)
Fikrat Amirov's ballet to be staged in St. Petersburg
Laman Ismayilova
Laman Ismayilova
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The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater is going on a winter tour from February 21 to March 2, Azernews reports.

As part of the tour, Fikrat Amirov's ballet "One Thousand and One Nights" will be staged in St. Petersburg on February 22-23.

For more than forty years, this ballet has been staged with triumph on world stages.

Well-known in English as the "Arabian Nights", the work is about Scheherazade, a Sassanid Queen, who tells a series of stories to her husband, King Shahryar in order to delay her execution.

The ballet was first staged at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in 1979.

The ballet's new version was premiered as part of the 5th Mariinsky International Far East Festival in 2020.

Over 300 costumes with hand embroidery were made for the ballet show directed by Honored Art Worker of Russia Eldar Aliyev.

Azerbaijan's traditional musical instruments - tar and naghara - were presented to the theater on behalf of the national musicians.

The idea to add tar performance came from Eldar Aliyev. Ramin Azimov, the soloist of the Azerbaijani State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, performed on tar during the premiere.

The ballet production in St. Petersburg will be staged under the baton of the musical director and the principal conductor of the Azerbaijani State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Honored Artist Ayyub Guliyev.

The theater's tour program also includes such works as Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" and Adolphe Adam's ballet "Corsair".

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