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The Folk Ethnographic Theater "Ordo Sakhna"

5 May 2008

On May 5th, 2008 the only one festive concert of the Folk Ethnographic Theater “ORDO SAKHNA” under the informational support of the American Chamber of Commerce in the KR (AmCham) was held at the Russian Drama Theater.
 “ORDO SAKHNA” was created in 1999 and comprises a group of professional musicians - the conservatory graduates and laureates of international and regional contests. The director of the Theater is a well-known film director Shamil' Japarov, musical leader is an Honored artist of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurlan Nyshanov and the Theater ballet master is People's artist of the Kyrgyz Republic Dokturbek Biyseyev.

The aim of the Theater is to retain, develop and popularize Kyrgyz folk heritage in the world. The originality of the Theater lies in the fact that the occupation of folk music has become not simply enthusiasm, but a deep study of the spiritual culture of Kyrgyz people. Meeting with the bearers of folk traditions, the Theater artists have managed to recreate the ancient dances "Bakshy-Biy" and "Shyrdak-Biy", which reminded  forgotten until recently. The artists have considered every aspect of the songs and dances: in recreating the  detailed of national costume, manner of motion and symbolism of gestures. With the aid of these factors they have succeeded in recreating a realistic ethnographical picture with the unique atmosphere of "truthfulness".

Since 1999 the Theater has recorded three CDs: "The Music of Legends" in 2000, "The Song of Nomad" in 2001 and "The Flame Horses" in 2007. The repertoire of the Theater is appeals to a wide audience and musical styles range is diverse from the ancient archaic melodies (Kuu) to folk-jazz. A video-project “Toguz Ak” has been broadcast on many National television programs and has truly  become a people's heritage.

“ORDO SAKHNA” was invited to and participated in the following events:
2002  Concerts in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey;
2003  Festival “VISTA 360” (Wyoming, USA);
2004  “Secret Music” Festival (Dijon, France);
2004  Festival “SORI” (South Korea);
2005  Days of Central Asian culture “Dialogue of cultures” by UNESCO (Paris, France);
2005  “Expo 2005” (Nagoya, Japan);
2005  Days of Kyrgyz culture (Moscow, Russia).

Thanks to the work of the Theater the number of people learning about Kyrgyzstan is growing worldwide. The music of "ORDO SAKHNA" is being listened to in Europe, Far East Asia and America. During the concerts "ORDO SAKHNA" recreates a special atmosphere, which arouses love and respect for Kyrgyz amateur arts across in the entire world.


Discovery AmCham Kyrgyz Republic #3/2008


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