Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.13
San Diego, California, has hosted the premiere of Seven Beauties ballet by great Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev.
It is the first time that this unique ballet was performed at such a scale in the United States.
Over 3,000 Americans enjoyed the stunning performance.
The beauty of this particular production is that in addition to the poem's historical and cultural significance, the freedom of interpretation was exercised to include the beauty of traditional Azerbaijani culture, as well as elements that surprised and delighted the American audience.
The show was followed by a reception hosted by Azerbaijan`s Consulate General in Los Angeles. It was attended by officials of U.S. federal and local elective bodies, members of municipal councils of San Diego and other cities, foreign diplomats, public and culture figures, directors and composers, university professors, and journalists.
Addressing the audience, Azerbaijan's Consul General in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev described the staging of Seven Beauties ballet as a remarkable event in the cultural history of Azerbaijan. He hailed the success of the ballet as triumph of Azerbaijan's cultural diplomacy.
Other speakers included Congresswoman Susan Davis, chair of Foreign and Interparliamentary Relations Department at Azerbaijan's parliament, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samad Seyidov, chairperson of Azerbaijani Composers Union, People`s Artist Firangiz Alizade, MP Asim Mollazade, Chancellor at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Cindy Miles, conductor Randall Tweed and San Diego Ballet Artistic Director Javier Velasco.
Chair of the San Diego International Affairs Board Bruce Abrams read out the Proclamation signed by the San Diego Mayor and proclaiming October 11, 2014, to be "Seven Beauties Ballet Day" in the City of San Diego.