Baku to host 2nd M.A.P theater festival in November

Baku to host 2nd M.A.P theater festival in November

YARAT Contemporary Art Space announced the second edition of M.A.P. International Theater Festival, to be held in various major venues across Baku on November 6-11.

M.A.P. Festival - an acronym for music, art and performance - combines different forms of theater to help audiences explore a wide range of contemporary theatrical forms. 

This year the festival presents 16 performances by theater  companies  from  Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Russia and the United Kingdom.

The festival's artistic director is Kamran Shahmardan, he will presents Alexander Vampilov’s play Duck Hunting.

The festival opens with a programme that includes a multi-disciplinary show Aria by the Italian collective NoGravity Theatre. Combining choreography, singing and costume, the performance includes musical compositions from Monteverdi, Vivaldi and Pergolesi.

Among the most anticipated events of the festival is the arrival of the legendary Mariinsky Theatre with a modern version of Joseph Haydn’s opera The Desert Island, conducted by Javad Tagi-zade, a young Azerbaijani talent. Other performances include La Verità, an acrobatic poem by the world acclaimed director and choreographer Daniele Finzi Pasca, and Gogol Centre, one of the most cutting-edge theatre companies in Moscow, which presents a new production of Who Is Happy in Russia? based on Nikolai Nekrasov's renowned poem, AzerTAc reported.

A rich programme of workshops and lectures accompanies the performances, enabling emerging directors, actors, playwrights and other professionals to meet and learn from  their  fellow  colleagues.