For Mongolians, the culture scene of ballet and opera had a dedicated spot in societies pages. Dedication, endurance, the long hours of practice is well noted when it comes to Ballet. Mongolia’s culture in the classical arts (Classical music, opera, ballet etc.) stemmed from the Soviets, during Mongolia’s long tenure as a satellite state.
The Mongolian Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet close to the Mongolian parliament was built with Soviet help. The dancers were sent to Russia to learn the art of the classical in the hundreds, and it still shows today with many of the artists on stage performing the traditional Russian style. There are agreements with several theatres in place such as Russia and Milan.
The theatre is one of the most popular tourist attraction of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with visitors from the rest of the world such as Europe, Russia and Pacific Asia visiting regularly to perform on stage and to watch. The theatre showcases opera and ballet on Saturday and Sunday evenings, with special shows over the weekday evenings. Often, the theatre is full so book in advance!
Considering the Mongolian’s pride in the language, it is no surprise that there have always been a legion authors, screenwriters, songwriters etc, and ballet is not any different. There are original plays and opera such as “Chingis Khan”.
Why not give it a go when you’re visiting?
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