Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre

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Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre
Azərbaycan Akademik Milli Dram Teatrı
Азербайджанский драматический театр.jpg
General information
Type Theatre
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Completed 1919

The Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Akademik Milli Dram Teatrı) is an academic theatre of drama in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1]

History of the theatre[edit]

Origin of Azeri nation’s theatrical art relates to national holidays and dances. Elements of theatricality were contained in many kinds of national creativity accompanying national festivities, traditional holidays and other occasions. On 10 March 1873 under the guidance of Hasan bey Zardabi and with the participation of students of the Real School of Baku a performance was held – M.F.Akhundov’s "Vizier of Lankaran khanate" comedy was showas heldwn. The professional Azerbaijani theatre was originated after this very performance. In 1919, separated troupes joined up and the theatre acquired the state recognition.[2]

Then Azerbaijan Dramatic Theatre had different names in different years-"State Theatre", "United State Theatre", "Azerbaijani Turkic Drama Theatre" and others. In 1923-1933’s the theatre was named after Dadash Bunyatzade, but in 1933-1991’s after Meshadi Azizbekov. In 1991, the theatre was renamed to the "Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre".

Activity[edit]

During the Soviet period the theatre was awarded many awards of the USSR for successful activity. Such actors as Huseyn Arablinski, Mukhtar Dadashev, Jahangir Zeynalov, Mirzaagha Aliyev, Sidgi Ruhulla, Alasgar Alakbarov, Adil Isgenderov, Barat Shekinskaya, Leyla Badirbeyli and other famous actors played at the theater during its activity period. Plays to works of Jafar Jabbarli, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Ali bey Huseynzade, Najaf bey Vazirov, Huseyn Javid, Sabit Rahman, Nariman Narimanov, Ilyas Efediyev, also to works of other world classics such as Shakespeare, Schiller, Molière, Dumas, Hugo, Balzac, Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, Gogol were staged in the theatre.[3][4]

The troup of the theatre was repeatedly in tours-in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Tbilisi, Tashkent, Ashgabat, Turkey, Germany and Cyprus. Some performances were awarded state grants of the USSR and Azerbaijan.[5][6]

Troupe[edit]

People’s actors

Sayavush Aslan

Yashar Nuri

•Nureddin Guliyev

•Basti Bekirova

•Firangiz Mutallimova

•Rafael Dadashov

•Ilham Alesgerov

•Zarnigar Atakishiyeva

Telman Adigozalov and others

Honoured actors

•Asger Mamedoglu

•Sabir Mamedov

•Jafar Namig Kamal

•Sadig Imanov

•Saida Guliyeva

•Parviz Bagirov and others

Chief director

•Merahim Farzalibeyov

References[edit]

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