Fire of Anatolia (Anadolu Ateşi), a group that seamlessly
blends traditional Turkish folk dance and music with elements of ballet, modern
dance and other disciplines, will present an unforgettable performance to
audiences in Konya. The show will take place on February 10th at 8:30 PM at
Selçuklu Congress Center.
The Fire of Anatolia or Anadolu Ateşi is a Turkish dance
group consisting of 120 dancers, several choreographers and other technical
staff. The group has performed in more than 85 countries from the United States
to China and Japan, in front of an audience of approximately 20 million people
altogether. Fire of Anatolia holds two Guinness records, one for fastest dance
performance with 241 steps per minute and another for largest audience, 400,000
people in Ereğli, in the Black Sea Region of the country. On 9 February 2013,
Fire of Anatolia performed at the CCTV New Year's Gala. The head of the group
is Mustafa Erdoğan.
The concept of a large dance group performing Anatolian
dances mixed with modern dance and ballet was a long desired dream of Mustafa
Erdoğan, who conducted folk dance studies at Bilkent University. In 1999 he
established the foundations of the group then called Sultans of the Dance.
There were advertisements published in local newspapers in search of dancers.
Out of 750 applicants Mustafa chose 90, who started working on their physical
and dance abilities, under strict supervision. The masters of the dance company
educate their dancers themselves, teaching them the basics of ballet, modern
dance or folk dance, depending on the dance educational background and the area
the dancers need improvements in.
The group had its first performances in 2001 and started a
world tour a year later, already under the name Fire of Anatolia. The number of
dancers now reaches 120, which means that the group is able to perform the same
show in two or three locations at the same time. According to Erdoğan, Fire of
Anatolia is currently among the three largest dance groups in the world. The
dance group has performed so far in more than 40 countries, including the
United States, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Russia, Qatar, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, France, Egypt
(just in front of the Pyramids), The Netherlands and Mexico.