Auezov Kazah Állami Drámai Színház, Almati
Director: Jonas Vaiticus
Performed in Kazakh, with Hungarian subtitles.
1 hours 40 minutes, without breaks.
The topic of the contemporary poet’s play is the search for immortality, which the protagonist, Korkyt, the holy minstrel, finds through music: with his wonderful singing accompanied by instrumental music (kuyi), he stops the birds mid-air, and even death is kept at bay. Korkyt’s character is mentioned in several historical texts: he probably lived in the 8th-9th century (for 95 years, according to some, while other sources claim he lived for 190 years or 400 years).
“In one of the stories originating from the region of the River Syr Darya, the wise Korkyt first lived in a hidden corner of the world. One night, he dreamt of a few men digging a grave. When he asked them who they were digging the grave for, they answered they were digging it for the wise Korkyt. When Korkyt woke from his dream, he decided that he would run away from death, so he fled to the other end of the world. There he saw the same dream, so he decided to move, this time to the center of the world. This is how he got to the River Syr Darya, where he had the same dream again. He concluded that he was not to live on the earth, so he took off his sheepskin coat, lay it on the river, sat down on it and lived this way for another 100 years. /…/ According to another legend that spread among Kazakh people, Father Korkyt was a poet of folksongs, and he invented the cobza and the tambura. For the Kazakhs, the main difference between the two widely-used folk instruments is that cobza is a bow instrument, while the tambura’s strings are usually plucked. The legend thus claims that Father Korkyt was the inventor of all stringed instruments. When the Kazakh shamans play the cobza, their song is a prayer to their teacher, Father Korkyt, for help. /…/ One image often used in Kazakh folksongs is a simile in which the young lover boy compares his beloved’s eyes to ‘a light lit by Korkyt.’” (Imre Adorján)
According to the creators of the production, The Legend of Korkyt is a requiem for civilization, culture, the arts, and kuyi (traditional Kazakh instrumental musical genres), and also for notions of the holy and the spiritual.
The Legend of Korkyt is the life of the universe, the fusion of religions … Directed by the legendary Lithuanian master, Jonas Vaitkus.
Korkyt: Dulyga Akmolda
Azhal 1: Shynar Zhanysbekova
Azhal 2: Lyazzat Kaldybekova
Kagan: Baurzhan Kaptagai
Saryn beauty, wife of korkyt: Madina Kelgenbai
Karakozha, ancestor of Oguzes, father of Korkut: Bekzhan Turys
Kamka, ancestor of Kipchaks, Korkuts mother: Kunsulu Shayakhmetova
Rapil, Korkyt’s friend: Nurlan Abilov
Nyke, Korkut’s lover: Sayazhan Kulymbetova
Cliff: Toleubek Aralbai
Shyrgai Tree: Zhasulan Baisalbekov
Baksy 1, shaman: Kairat Nabiolla
Baksy 2, shaman: Ermek Bektasov
Swan: Dinara Usenova
Swan: Maira Absadykova
Swan: Azharlym Bakytzhanova
Swan: Asel Sailauova
Swan: Zarina Karmenova
Crow: Galymbek Ospanov
Crow: Kuanysh Beisegaliyev
Crow: Nurgisa Kuanyshbaiuly
Crow: Sherkhan Pirnazar
Crow: Elzhan Turys
Crow: Alikhan Lepisbayev
Assistant director: Kuanysh Mamytkaliev
Scenic designer: Arturas Shimonis
Composer: Algirdas Martinaitis, winner of the national prize of Lithuania
Choirmaster: Galymzhan Berekeshe
Choreographer: Guzel' Mukhamedzhanova
Stage - manager: Gulnar Seytimbet