"The Dead's" by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh will be performed at the Heydar Aliyev Center on February 24 as part of the Heydar Aliyev and the National Theater Art project honoring the 100th anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev.
Jointly organized by the Heydar Aliyev Center and the Ministry of Culture, the play will be performed by the Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater.
The production and artistic director of the performance is People’s Artist Azer Pasha Nematov. A new version of the music written by People's Artist Gara Garayev for "The Dead's" will be used in the stage work. The Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli will play the music under the direction of People's Artist Rauf Abdullayev.
In the two-act drama, the part of Sheikh Nasrullah will be performed by People's Artist Nureddin Mehdikhanli, and that of Iskander will be performed by Honored Artist Anar Haybatov. They will be joined on stage by people's artists Ali Nur, Haji Ismayilov, Rafig Azimov, Sabir Mammadov, Honored Artists Elkhan Rustamov, Mazahir Jafarov, and Mirza Aghabeyli, and other actors.
The tragicomedy "The Dead's" by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh is the favorite work of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. The great leader said in his interviews, "When I was in high school, I was very interested in theater and frequently watched the performances of the local drama theater ... Thus, our theater played "The Dead's," and I watched this performance several times with great pleasure. “The Dead's" is a profound philosophical work. Due to its philosophical significance, it ranks first among the dramatic works of Azerbaijani literature. At the same time, its strong national spirit distinguishes it from other works ... I am familiar with all dramatic works, starting with Shakespeare. I think no one has ever managed to create a play comparable to "The Dead's". Coming up with such a theme requires philosophy and imagination..."
Heydar Aliyev was very close to the theater from an early age. Heydar Aliyev, who performed on the stage of theater clubs during his school and student years, loved theater very much and referred to the Azerbaijani National Theater as our national wealth. The national leader regularly watched theater performances, met the creative staff, and gave his recommendations and instructions.
The Heydar Aliyev Center plans to organize a number of projects and events in conjunction with the decree of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev declaring 2023 the year of Heydar Aliyev in our country. The Heydar Aliyev Center will host a number of theatrical productions as part of the Heydar Aliyev and National Theater Art project.
You can obtain tickets for "The Dead's" at the box office of the Center, and at the iTicket.az sale points and website.