RUSSIAN PUSHKIN DRAMA THEATER IN ASHGABAT PREPARES FOR NEW SEASON
The installation and mounting of new stage equipment is at full speed in a new building of the Russian Pushkin Drama Theater in Ashgabat, the State news agency, Turkmendowlethabarlary (TDH), reports. According to a decree of Turkmen president Saparmurat Niyazov, the capital's administration signed a contract with Turkish Polimex to re-equip the theater.
As is known, the old building of the theater was demolished due to its dilapidation and complete unfitness for further normal use. The theatrical company was offered another building in the main avenue of Ashgabat named after Makhtumkuly. A monument to the great classic of the world literature, whose works are stage managed in the world's best theaters, will be erected in front of the white marbled building. As for now, the renovation of the Ashgabat's theater named after him nears completion. The parquet circle has been already repaired; the floor will be covered by artificial carpet and chairs for spectators will be installed in the coming days, the TDH reports.
The stage in the new building is in the "magic hands" of Turkish specialists. They will fit in equipment of the best international companies that will allow the theater to increase its capacity and make shows of its plays. Property of the theater will be also changed dramatically. Old heavy spotlights, weighing up to several tons, will be replaced with laser spotlights. The walls will be decorated with background boards, and there will be installed modern sound equipment, that the theater's artists couldn't afford before, to achieve specific acoustics. The theater's vast infrastructure will be renovated to establish every condition for the company to work at full. It is believed that the modern equipment, being installed there, will help give further momentum to the company's constructive work.
The Ashgabat administration controls the modernization process. It is clear for them that it is necessary not only to repair and equip the building, but also to reconstruct the theater's all colorful features and sophisticated theatrical structure, which is so important for comprehensive creative work.
The company will mark its 78th season as a festive house-warming party by staging a retrospective gala-show, to which the artists will invite their fellow-colleagues from all the country's theaters. All Pushkin theater artists get ready for this eye-catching event.
Based on the TDH reports.