Shadows of Gobustan, by Faraj Garayev

When :

from Wednesday 17 September, 2014
to Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Type of event :


Where :

UNESCO Headquarters / Siège de l'UNESCO, Room I, 125, avenue de Suffren, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :, 01 45 68 28 77

This ballet composed by Faradj Garayev in 1969, is one of the remarkable Azerbaijani work, inspired from the unique Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, inscribed in the World Heritage List.
In four sections, “Fire”, “Sun”, “Hunting”, and “Artist”, imaginary and poetic scenes of life of first residents of Gobustan were staged. The shadows of Gobustan is classified as avant-gardiste, ”reflecting the construction of collective humanity, ready not only to obtain the perception of the environment, but also to go beyond of its vital needs”.
Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert region of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art. The site also features the remnants of inhabited caves, settlements and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages.
The exhibition entitled “Gobustan: at the dawn of civilizations”, which is going to be presented in room “des pas perdus”, untill 19 September expends tribute paid to this universal and exceptional heritage, witness of flora, fauna and life mode of primordial and medieval periods.

By invitation, limited seating capacity:, 01 45 68 28 77