Last night I saw a Turkish musical entitled, “Seslerle Anadolu” or “Voice of Anatolia” performed at Leyla Gencer Sahnesi. It was really beautifully done and I highly recommend seeing the show if you get a chance.
Seserle Anadolu is a compilation of traditional Turkish songs, dance, poems and stories that cover varying periods of Anatolian history. The lead character told stories between songs. Oh, now I know why I need to learn Turkish! He seemed like a great story-teller, full of life and animation. His face was kind, round, and with big dimples. . . I just loved him!
The singers who accompanied him did a fabulous job. The acting was minimal, but they seemed truly excited to be there – so interested in the other performers.
I was excited to see the song “Üsküdara Gideriken” performed. A story of young love. I had only seen it once before – when my American friend serenaded her Turkish beau at their wedding.
One of Mevlana’s poems was recited. It was later followed by a remarkable modern rendition of Whirling Dervishes.
The dancers really kept my attention, mixing the smoothness and grace of ballet with the bouncing and movements of traditional Turkish folk dances. I think I even saw a Fred Astaire move once or twice.
Songs and stories also included such moments as henna night – the ceremonial gathering of a bride’s female friends and families the night before her wedding; the portrayal of shadow puppets that date back to the 14th century, and stories of Ibrahim smashing the idols and Köroğlu Destanı.
For those with seats in the back, don’t worry about the view! A camera focuses on the main characters which then becomes the backdrop for the entire stage. At times, other shots are also displayed as the backdrop – scenes of the Black Sea mountains, woods, and Köroğlu’s horses. It was a great addition to the show, especially for the non-Turkish speaker.
There will be five more performances in Ankara this year at different locations. Catch it if you can! It’s a great place to take kids, and economical at only 10TL per ticket. If you see it at Leyla Gencler Sahnesi, you will even be blessed with easy parking!
If you are going:
Tickets, locations and schedules are available online at: https://secure.dobgm.gov.tr/opera2009/devopera.asp?Mud=1
Leyla Gencer Sahnesi
(Ankara İl Sağlık Müdürlüğü)
Baglar Caddesi, 16
Macunköy, Ankara Turkey
Phone +90-(312) 354 60 46