September 28, 2019

“Argonauts” International Inclusive Show is presented in the framework of the Nasimi Festival

On September 28, “Argonauts” International Inclusive Show and “Tête-à-tête” and “We both know” shows by “Candoco” dance group, jointly produced by “Candoco” and “Lost Dog” groups, were presented at the State Academic National Drama Theatre.


Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the presentation of the shows.


The shows were presented in the framework of the 2nd Nasimi – Poetry, Art and Morality Festival, with the organizational support of British Council Azerbaijan, in association with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Culture Ministry. First, ambassador of the Great Britain to Azerbaijan James Sharp, speaking at the event, gave information about the staged works, noting that the shows were dedicated to the theme of inclusiveness. The diplomat expressed a hope the shows will create pleasant mood in the audience.


Director of British Council Azerbaijan Samir Shah said that this was a show produced by amateur and professional actors with disability from Azerbaijan, the Great Britain, Ukraine and Georgia in the course of four years. Employing the cultural resources of the Kingdom, we have propagated inclusiveness in the field of culture, cooperated with leading art and cultural institutions to make sure they are accessible for disabled people, contributing to making the society change their vision of disability, and creating a more inclusive community.


The show “Argonauts” demonstrates how ten professional and amateur, disabled and normal performers from different countries act as a single organism, coming together. This professional performance has been produced in the course of June to September 2019 while the artists were in Kiev.


Then, the staged works were shown.


The show “Tête-à-tête” by Yasmeen Godder left an impression of a passionate and exciting song in the audience, expressed by dazzling characters, brave and free dances, dedicated to intimacy and deep fantasies. Urban-Indian music has been widely used in the work.  


The show “We both know”, a work by choreographer Arlene Phillips, is a romantic duet in the form of series comprised of short time frames. This powerful and breathtaking dance, performed with passion under pop music, shows how we may repeatedly fall in love with the same person, and how our love ends.


Skilful performances of the participants were welcomed by the audience with great interest.