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THE FOLK ETHNOGRAPHIC THEATER
The folk ethnographic theater Ordo Sakhna was created in 1999 and combined a group of
professional musicians graduates of the conservatory and laureates of international and regional
contests. The theater is directed by film director Shamil Djaparov.
The aim of the theater is to retain, develop, and popularize Kyrgyz folk heritage around the
world. The originality of the Theater lies in the fact that the members perception of folklore is not
simple enthusiasm, but a deep study of the spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz people. Meeting with the
bearers of folk traditions, the artists of the Theater have managed to recreate the ancient dances
BakshyBiy and ShyrdakBiy, which were forgotten until recently.
Ordo Sakhna has gathered an exclusive collection of ancient traditional melodies and dastans
(small epos), which came to us through centuries of generations. Through careful searching and
experiments the musicians adapted the ancient heritage to modern society.
The artists have considered every aspect of the songs and dances: detailed recreations of
traditional costumes, mannerisms of motion and symbolism of gestures. With the aid of these
factors they have succeeded in recreating a realistic and honest ethnographical picture of Kyrgyz