September 30, 2015
ART... Show Must Go on
The Sabo national dance group will soon present an updated concert program to the metropolitan spectator. The exclusive report by Uzbekistan Today has tried to catch the brightest moments.


To truly open up the curtain of the stage and feel the atmosphere of the colorful show, we went backstage. It was there that generated a real creative workshop. When walking to the hall for rehearsals via the dressing room, your eyes inadvertently run through hangers with costumes. Here you can see almost the entire spectrum of Uzbek colorful apparel and the dream of all fashionistas, that is, a huge collection of accessories and jewelry. One does not want to go out: what fascinates is the play colors, fabrics and glitter, the abundance of styles, textures and styles – it charms...

In the hall for rehearsals it is quite noisy and unusual for a simple layman. There’s no way, like that in the movies, of large elements of scenery, and the dancers do not walk around in tutus. Everything is much more realistic and, crucially, this is where you realize that every dance is a product of thorny and laborious efforts. Once they announce a break, we get anxious to have a talk with the artistic director of the ensemble, the Honored Worker of Culture of Uzbekistan Muborak Mirzaeva, about the upcoming season, the new program, plans for the future and the most important things and events for the dance ensemble.

“The style that our ensemble Sabo sticks to is originality and individuality combined with a bright national color. We have always put emphasis on it. Each dance is rather distinctive, despite the fact that girls take to the stage both solo and in groups.”

In conjunction with the national motifs dance images are revealed clearly to the Eastern viewer and quite puzzling for the foreign one. For example, Bukhara dance is rhythmic, flying, and the abundance of gold in the suit only adds up to the expression, but for the full effect this is not enough – girls need to transmit the nature of the elements performed and all the little details and nuances inherent in this field.

The artistic director of the ensemble told us also what the team is now preparing for the upcoming season.

The band continues to study and restore the shows put by Mukarram Turgunbaeva: no Sabo concert passes without her dances. The collection of dances is adorned by new performances entitled “Uzbegim Taronasi” (“Melodies of the Uzbek people”), “Bayram Muborak” (Congratulation on the Holiday).

The first is considered a holiday dance, and it will open the program of the ensemble. “Uzbegim Taronasi” consists of two parts: the 12 girls dance onstage first with satin scarves. Then they are joined by 12 participating young women in costumes for Khorezm dance, thus setting turns into a medley. It was decided to make the national symbols, doira, savate with treats and painted lagans The staging of the dance “Congratulations on the Holiday”.

However, our meeting was not limited to the story, and some surprises that will be presented to the public in the new season, they opened up visually...


After the break the girls and boys continued to run, we just sat down in a corner, trying not to miss the enchanting scene. Despite the fact that we faced the team perform in austere black, we practically were watching with own eyes how the most unexpected colors were blooming in smooth rhythm and dynamic cycle of national dances... The music and plastic, which Sabo demonstrated, worked without visual costume show.

And suddenly, we come across a pause. We are trying to turn up among a group of dancers of the choreographer to find out what the hitch is. As it turned out, there was no hesitation, no way; we just did not notice that one of the soloists was preparing to work out her dance. And then we have something like an electric shock. The girl was dressing a men’s suit.

Viktoria Vasilishina performs the solo dance “The Mockingbird” staged for Sabo. The unique show turned out to be more than a dance. This real ‘pearl’ of the ensemble, and it has its history. As it turned out, the setting had been created a year ago by the outstanding dancer, teacher, choreographer, Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Taimuraz Tikoev, whose record is made up of hundreds of triumphant performances, and the same number of his own dance scenes.

In the story, “Mockingbird” is a comic, actor playing dance, where the soloist plays the role of a young boy bully of the 1970s. Staging of the dance took two weeks, and then went for months to finalize the accuracy of the image and acting. As planned by Tikoev, the fragile and feminine Viktoria had to enter into the image of the little bully who never misses an opportunity to make fun of all. The intricate and deep meaning is revealed in the final steps when the Mockingbird is in the end caught for his antics.

“Taimuraz Muratovich never made a mistake in choosing ideas. That is why the production of the “Mockingbird” has received the highest award in the Arleo contest in Almaty, Kazakhstan,” the soloist told us after the rehearsal. “Mentor congratulated me on the Grand Prix at the competition, and now it is an immense honor for me to resubmit the show to the metropolitan audience.”

We still did not want to leave the halls of the Turkiston Palace in anticipation of new experiences, but, once the rehearsal ended, so did our exciting journey into the world of backstage dance.

We will for sure tell you more about new victories of Sabo in the meantime, but for now – the show must go on...

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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