Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes 28/10/2019
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Russian National theatres program

Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes

16+

Theatre:
Mazhit Gafuri Bashkir Academic Drama Theatre (Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan)
Based on the work by:
Guzel Yakhina, dramatized by Yaroslava Pulinovich
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes
Premiere:
November 24, 2017
The languages of performance:
Bashkir
Awards:
Nominations for the 2019 Golden Mask Award – "Drama / Feature Performance", "Best Director" (Ayrat Abushakhmanov), "Best Designer" (Albert Nesterov), "Best Costume Designer" (Albert Nesterov), "Best Lighting Designer" (Ilshat Sayakhov), "Actress in a Leading Role" (Rimma Kagarmanova)

The play was written by Yaroslava Pulinovich, and based on the book by Guzel Yakhina, an instant success, published in 2015. The show was directed by Ayrat Abushakhmanov. In the 1930s, Zuleikha, a peasant woman from a small village is fighting for her life in an exile in Siberia, along with other exiled people of different nationalities and religions.

 

"The first thing that touched me was the Sufi legend of Shakh Bird, the king of all birds. Zuleikha tells this story to Yusuf, her son. The essence of the legend is that birds were looking for Syamruk, the King of Birds that had unlimited power over others ("the opportunity to kill and pardon."). Having reached the Kingdom of the great bird, they got blinded by bright light, and when they could see again they understood that the bird did not exist, it was deceit, illusion, myth. And the great bird who punishes and forgives, in fact lives inside each of us separately and in all of them. Any vertical hierarchy is authoritartian and repressive. And it is also a myth! The heroine overcomes this." Ayrat Abushakhmanov

Participants

Rimma Kagarmanova

Zuleikha Valieva

Ilgiz Gilmanova

Zuleikha Valieva

Azat Valitov

Ivan Ignatov

Khurmatulla Utyashev

Murtaza Valiev

Rinat Baymurzin

Murtaza Valiev

Tanzilya Khisamova

Upyrikha

Sarah Buranbaeva

Upyrikha

Arthur Kunakbaev

Zinovy Kuznets

Aydar Shamsutdinov

Gorely

Gulnara Amirova

Isabella Brzhevskaya-Sumlinskaya

Irek Bulatov

Konstantin Sumlinsky

Guzel Malikova

Leila Gabriidze

Ildar Saitov

Wolf Karlovich Leibe

Ilsur Baimov

Dalimzhanov

Ildar Gumerov

Ilya Ikonnikov

Fanis Rakhmetov

Avdey Bogar

Ruslan Galimov

Mansur

Ruslan Khaysarov

Red Army Man

Khakim Murtazin

Doctor

Yulia Askarova

Aglaia

Damir Kiramanov

Yusuf

Murat Rafikov

Soldier

Almaz Yusupov

Soldier

Production Designer
Albert Nesterov
Dramatization
Yaroslava Pulinovich
Composer
Ilshat Yakhin
Choreography
Rinat Abushakhmanov
Lighting designer
Ilshat Sayakhov
Translation into Bashkir language
Hurmatulla Utyashev