‘Sound of Anatolia’ to echo in Far East

‘Sound of Anatolia’ to echo in Far East

ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
‘Sound of Anatolia’ to echo in Far East

The show ‘Seslerle Anadolu’ is a production of Ankara’s State Opera and Ballet.

The musical show titled “Seslerle Anadolu” (Sound of Anatolia), which brings together different musical traditions of Anatolia theater in the round, including the theater-in-the-round, folk songs from various regions, and the Karagöz and Hacivat shadow play, will travel abroad to promote this music to the world.

“Seslerle Anadolu” is a production of Ankara’s State Opera and Ballet, and has previously been staged in Barcelona. Now it will make a world tour, traveling to Germany, the Netherlands, Korea and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The show will be staged in Dortmund and Berlin, Germany, June 14 and 19, with supertitles in German. Following the show, the company will hold workshop jointly with a German arts organization on June 18.

Later in the spring “Sound of Anatolia” will take the stage in the Netherlands, as part of the events celebrating the 400th anniversary of Turkish-Dutch diplomatic relations, and then it will travel to Korea. Following shows in September and October, the company will travel to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China in 2013.

The show’s script was written by State Opera and Ballet Deputy General Director Şadi Erdoğan, and its musical score was composed by Ali Aykaç. The show has received great interest both in Turkey and abroad, because it reflects Anatolian culture, traditions, customs and history, Erdoğan said, speaking to the Anatolia news agency. He added that the show had been performed 50 times with 99 percent of seats occupied.

The reason “Seslerle Anadolu” has attracted so much interest is that it genuinely reflects Turkish culture, Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan said some audience members have asked why the dance or folk song of their particular region was not represented in the show, and explained that “it is very hard to show all of the regions within a 1.5-hour show, because our country is a treasure; it is very rich in terms of culture and arts. We reflect this treasure with dance and music.”