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Ghosts in Tashkent

Written by on Thursday, 10 January 2013
Culture and History, Uzbekistan
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“Ilkhom”, most famous Uzbek theater, never ceases to amaze his viewers. Yesterday “Ilkhom” presented unique premiere –  performance “Ghosts” by Henrik Ibsen, staged by Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli. Just try to Imagine this performance: classic Norwegian play, staged by Turkmen director, with Uzbek, Russian, and American actors, in Russian language, with the support of the Indian Academy of Dramatic Art and Design. You can’t miss this cultural mix!

The project was implemented specifically for the Delhi Ibsen Festival, with the support of the Norwegian Embassy in India and the Academy of Dramatic Arts and Design in New Delhi (Dramatic Art & Design Academy). The premiere in New Delhi, held on December 3, 2012, was a huge hit with viewers.

The play “Ghosts” was written by Henrik Ibsen in 1881. Problems of moral heredity, guilt and responsibility for this heredity, raised in the play, shocked Norway’s society in 19th century. All viewers were shocked fantastic phenomenon, that Ibsen has shown – a fatal succession of lies and evil.

The main characters in the play “Ghosts” – a man and his soul. His soul, being a long time under the weight of deceit and pretense, turns into something destructive and destroys inner world and the essence of the person.

I think that the play “Ghosts”, based on the family drama covers deep and important problems of mankind, regardless of their ethnic, cultural, and even territorial differences and boundaries. This issue is relevant at all times. As I understand it, ghosts – a symbol of our animal instincts, the return to the origins of our civilization, the existence of a wild, primitive man, without the ethical and moral principles. This ghost haunts every character plays. I want to draw the audience’s attention to the fact that it is always difficult in life to find a “middle ground” and stay with a good spiritual intentions, which would help us to be balanced and sober. Difficult to maintain an impartial attitude towards all and everything to not fall to the level of savages, and not be a puppet in the hands of people like, for example, a carpenter Engstran – the most greediest and dirtiest of all the characters – said Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli

All Tashkent “Ghosts” – in the photo report of Victoria Biktimirova:

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