Folklore show in Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah, Bukhara
By getting acquainted with the beauty of Uzbek dancing, you can get to know the national culture, get engaged with it, and experience it in full. Local dances differ in choreography: movements can be rhythmic or slow, smooth or abrupt. Each region of Uzbekistan has its dancing traditions. Travelers who would like to discover all the ethnic and spiritual richness of Uzbekistan should see Uzbek national dances!
The folklore show in Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah in Bukhara is the best way to get acquainted with the dancing traditions of Uzbekistan. The performance is held in the inner courtyard of a historic venue dating back to the seventeenth century. The madrasah is named after a vizier of the Ashtarkhanid Dynasty who initiated its building. The show starts in the evening when the hot Uzbek sun begins to descend behind the horizon, usually from 18:00. Guests dine in a pleasant medieval setting while enjoying the beauty of the grand performance.
The large courtyard of the ancient madrasah serves as the setting for the dance stage with a musical ensemble, and no phonograms are used here. Three sides of the stage are surrounded by tables, and the space is sufficient for up to one hundred and eighty guests. There are also trade stands around the courtyard offering various souvenirs to visitors.
The stage for dancing is located in the large courtyard of the Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah. The musicians seat behind the stage. Three sides of the stage are surrounded by tables accommodating up to one hundred and eighty guests. On the sides of the courtyard, in some khudjras ("student rooms") shops are offering Uzbek clothing, accessories, ceramics, souvenirs, and gifts.
The duration of the folk show is about an hour. Fergana, Khorezm, Bukhara, Andijan, Tajik, and everyone's favorite Arabian songs are presented to the audience. Of course, you will hear Uzbek folk music too. Breaks between dance performances are filled with defiles featuring works of Uzbek fashion designers, which are notable for their combination of modern style and national traditions.
During the tourist season, from March to June and from September to November in Uzbekistan, shows are held daily. Visiting it will satisfy all your ideas about the Orient with its sonorous music, incendiary rhythms, and colorful costumes of exotic dancers.