Life of Piri Reis in ballet
MERSİNThe Mersin State Opera and Ballet (MDOB) is set to stage the premiere of the Piri Reis ballet, which depicts the life of the Ottoman admiral and cartographer Piri Reis, one of the most important figure in world maritime history.
The ballet features the whole of Piri Reis’ life from his youth to his death, according to a written statement from the MDOB. The music of the ballet work was composed by Can Atilla, and its libretto and choreography were created by Armağan Davran. The Piri Reis character will be played by Ender Üçdemir and Iraklı Bakhtadze alternately.
Özlem Şenormanlılar, Berna Turhan İleri, Büşra Ay, Burak Serkan Cebeci, Serbülent Biçer, Beatrice Parma, Tutku Barın Tümen, Mahmut Akyol, Murat Koman, Niyazi Cingöz and Tolga Ergen also perform in the ballet.
The Piri Reis ballet will be on stage for the first time on Oct. 16 at the Mersin Culture Center and Opera Stage.
In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Piri Reis world map, UNESCO declared 2013 as the Year of Piri Reis.