Bodrum’s annual ballet festival draws 10,000 in 12th year

August 08, 2014, Friday/ 17:55:24/ TODAY'S ZAMAN | ISTANBUL

The annual Bodrum International Ballet Festival has drawn more than 10,000 festival-goers in its 12th edition, which ended this week, the Ankara-based Turkish State Opera and Ballet Directorate General (DOBGM), which organizes the event, announced on Thursday.

The 2014 festival wrapped up on Wednesday after presenting six ballet productions in nine performances at the historic Bodrum Castle, the directorate said in a written statement. The last two nights of the festival on Aug. 5 and 6 saw the Moscow Classical Ballet Theater perform its production of “The Lady of the Camellias,” a ballet-melodrama based on the well-known opera “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi.
The festival, which opened on July 19 with a performance of the Turkish ballet “Çalıkuşu” (The Wren) by the Mersin State Opera and Ballet, sold a total of 10,264 tickets, the DOBGM said. The İstanbul, İzmir and Ankara State Opera and Ballet companies also performed at the festival, as well as a Spanish company presenting director Carlos Saura’s new show “Flamenco Hoy.”

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