Continuing its preparations for the new artistic season, Samsun State Opera and Ballet (SAMDOB) is preparing to meet its audience with the first ballet premiere of the season.
He will open the season with the ballet “Karışık Hisler” (Mixed Feelings) with four choreographies, including “Amor Stella’s”, a work by the famous Turkish ballet dancer Tan Sağtürk.
“Mixed Feelings”, which will be on stage on September 11 at the Samsun Atatürk Cultural Center Aydın Gün Stage, consists of a collage of four different choreographies, based on the music of composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Erim Ardal.
“Dejavu” and “Black and White”, choreographed by Mehmet Balkan, will also be staged for the first time in the northern province of Samsun. The choreography of “Sayha”, which will be on stage for the first time on the evening of the premiere, belongs to Zeynep Bengier.
The “Mixed Feelings” ballet will be presented in accordance with the rules of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sağtürk, speaking to state agency Anadolu during the ballet’s final rehearsal, said they were happy that the stages were reopened after the pandemic.
Stating that he prepared the work “Amor Stella’s” for SAMBOD, Sağtürk said: “There are also two different works by Balkan. Everyone is very excited because it is the first work made after the pandemic. We had a long waiting period. We were trying to keep working, but we had a very difficult process. It was a pleasure for us to open the scenes again.
“My work ‘Amor Stella’s’ means ‘Love of the Stars’. We saw all the dancers as stars and had them perform on stage. We used the time very usefully and efficiently. The great interest and goodwill dancers also made us all very happy. A very exciting process is beginning for all of us. I hope we will continue without any closures. Everyone’s respect for the rules of the pandemic will ensure the continuity of culture and art.
Highlighting that they have been away from the stage for a long time due to the pandemic, Balkan said, “Art and artists have suffered a lot during this time. If there’s no audience in what we do, we don’t exist either. We couldn’t do anything during that time. We are very excited and happy to meet the public on Saturday.