Nurkanat Zhakippai

Artistic director

Nurkanat JAKYPBAI – actor, director, teacher, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan. An experienced leader, an outstanding person who founded the theater “Zhastar theaters” of the city of Nur-Sultan. Winner of the Chingiz Aitmatov International Prize.

Professor of the Kazakh National Academy of Arts. T.Zhurgenova, holder of orders “PARASAT” and “DOSTYK”, the best teacher of the Republic, winner of the national award “ALTYN ADAM”, winner of the professional award “ЕҢЛІКГУЛ – 2016” and “SAHNAGER – 2017” in the nomination “Best Director of the Year.” Academician of the Academy of Theater Arts of the Union of Theater Workers of Kyrgyzstan.

He was born in 1947 in the Rayymbekovsky district of Almaty region.In 1970 he graduated from the Kurmangazy Almaty Institute of Arts. In 1969 he began his career as an actor in the Kazakh State Academic Theater of Childhood and Youth by the name of G. Musrepov.

In the theater he performed at a high level more than 80 images, for which he deserved the attention of the audience. In particular, he played the role of Saken Seyfullin in “Monologues” by A. Tazhibayev, Askar in “Botagoz” by S. Mukanov, Abish in “Shuga” by B. Maylin, Serdali in “Akan Seri Aktokty” by S. Seifullin, Musa in “Tomorrow Otrar collapses ” O. Bodykov, Niyaz in “Sadness of Love” by T. Akhtanov, Sarman in “Every House is a Holiday” by M. Baijiev, Kunanbai in “Young Abay” by M. Auezov, Zhangir Khan in “Isatay – Makhambet” by I. Zhansugirov, Amanzhan in “The Snow Maiden” by O. Bokei, Tagan in “Atau Kare”, etc.

Cinema roles:

  • Tanat “Shock and Cher” (“Kazakhfilm”) (director – Satybaldy Narymbetov);
  • Sarzhan “Youth of Zhambyl” (“Kazakhfilm”);
  • Meder “Earthly affairs” (Kyrgyzfilm);
  • Armol “When the Whales Go” (Mosfilm);
  • Artist “One boy” (“Kazakhfilm”);
  • Zhylkybai “Zheryuk” (“Kazakhfilm”) (director – Slambek Tauekel).

 

Theater roles:

  • “Chokan” – Chokan Valikhanov;
  • “New Year’s Eve” – Sarman;
  • Several images in the dramas based on the works of O. Bokey.

In 1983 he graduated from the department of directing in the Kazakh State Institute of Theatre and Cinema by name of T.Zhurgenov.

Since 1983, he successfully worked as a director and chief director at the Kazakh State Academic Theatre of Childhood and Youth. G. Musrepov, staged more than 20 performances.

Since 1984 he worked as a teacher at the Institute of Theatre and Cinema by the name of T.Zhurgenov.

In 1993, N. Zhakypby’s students presented the play “In the Old Times, Long Ages…” to the public of the International Student Performances Theater Festival (Ufa, Bashkortostan) and were awarded the prize “For Best Performance – Grand Prix”.

Since 1993, annually the main director of the main “Presidential Christmas Tree” and other Presidential Christmas Trees in Almaty region.

In 1995, by decree of the Leader of the Nation, he was awarded the title “Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. He became the chief director of the Kazakh State Academic Theater of Childhood and Youth. G. Musrepov.

In 1995, at the III Republican Theater Festival, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Abai Қunanbayev, he received the title “Best Director” for the performance “Young Abai” by M. Auezov.

In 1997, at the V Republican Theatre Festival, he was awarded second place for the experimental production of M.Auezov’s Kokserek, and won the title of Laureate.

In 1998, at the VI Republican Theatre Festival, he was awarded the title of “Best Director” for the performance by Ch.Aitmatov’s “Mental Flour”.

In 1998, at the Egyptian International Festival of Experimental Theatres, he was awarded the prize “The Best Performance” for the production of Ch.Aitmatov’s “Mental Flour”.

In 2001 he opened the experimental theatre “I” (“MEN”) at the Academy of Arts by the name of  T.Zhurgenov. He put on the play: “Chingiz Khan”, “Eternal Melody of Love”, “Hamlet”, “White Ship”.

In 2003, for the first time, he staged the play “Goats and Bayan” in the musical genre on the stage of the Kazakh Academic Drama Theatre.

In 2003, at the International Youth Festival “Shabyt” the musical “Kozy and Bayan” was recognized as the best performance, and was awarded the prize “For the Best Performance”, “Grand Prix”.

In 2006, at the special invitation of the Russian Federation in the framework of the International Festival, N. Zhakypbai and his students staged the comedy “Inspector” by N. Gogol on the Moscow stage, for which he was awarded the first prize.

In 2007, at the invitation of the Astana Akimat, he founded the Zhastar Theatres Theatre and is currently the Art Director and Chief Director in this theatre. Most of the actors in the troupe are students of Nurkanat Zhakypbai.

On July 5, 2007, the first theatre season was successfully opened by the drama “Chingiz Khan” based on works by C. Aitmatov and A. Kekilbayev (the author of the performance is Zhanysh Kulmambetov), ​​which was the beginning of an active creative activity. In just the 10-year history of the theatre, 10 Grand Prix medals were awarded at the Republican and International competitions.

In 2008, the 80th anniversary of Ch. Aitmatov in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan hosted the International Theatre Festival “ART ORDO”. The theatre was awarded three nominations for Best Performance, Grand Prix, For Highly Artistic Decision, and For Best Musical Design, thanks to the successful “Mental Flour” performance based on C. Aitmatov (author of the performance – Honoured Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbay).

In March 2008, in honor of the International Theater Day, according to the annual results of the Astana city theaters, the performance “The Inspector” by N. Gogol (director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbay) was awarded the prize “For Best Performance” Grand Prix.

In 2009, in honor of the 175th anniversary of Birzhan Sal Kozhagulov in the city of Karaganda at the XVII Republican Theater Festival for the play “Eternal Melody of Love” by D. Salamat (director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbay) was awarded a special prize named after People’s Artist Zhamila Shashina.

In 2010, in Almaty, at the 3rd International Theater Festival of the Peoples of Central Asia, Ch. Aitmatov, A. Kekilbayev (the author of the performance, Zhanysh Kulmambetov) was presented with the prize “Best Director” and “Best Image of Chinghiz Khan” for the performance of “Chingiz Khan”. Director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai.

In 2011, on the anniversary of the 80th anniversary of Mukagali Makatayev, a poetic play “Dariga Heart” based on the work of the great poet was successfully shown at Jailau Shalkoda in Karasaz.

In 2011, in Almaty, at the XIX Theater Festival in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Republic of Kazakhstan, S. Raev (director-director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai) won the prize “Best Performance” – Grand Prix for the staging “The Long Way to Mecca” .

In 2012, in the city of Ashgabat, at the International Theater Festival “Renaissance and Theater Art” for the play “Eternal Melody of Love” (by Daniyar Salamat, director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbay) was awarded a special diploma.

In September 2012, in the city of Uralsk, at the XX Republican Festival of the Kazakhstan Drama Theaters, in honor of the 80th anniversary of A. Mambetov, for the production of “The Inspector” by N. Gogol, he was awarded the Grand Prix prize – “The Best Performance”. (Director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai)

In 2013, in the city of Konya in Turkey, at the International Theater Festival of Turkic-speaking people “Thousands of breath – one vote”, a special diploma was presented for the production of “Eternal Melody of Love” by D. Salamat. (Director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai)

In September 2013 in the city of Aktobe at the XXI Republican Theater Festival in honor of the 80th anniversary of the writer and playwright T.Akhtanov, B.Sokpakbayev for the production of “Children’s Love” B. Sokpakbaev  (author of the performance and director-director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai) was awarded the nomination “For the best images of youth.” 

In 2014, in the city of Kyzylorda, at the XXII Republican Festival of Drama Theaters in honor of the 100th anniversary of S. Maikanova for the comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare (director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai) the theater was awarded the prize “Best Performance” by the Gran At.

In October 2014, in the city of Aktau, at the V International Theater Festival of the Central Asian Country, the theater was awarded the title “Best Performance” by the Grand Prix and “For the Best Male Image” at the V International Theater Festival of Central Asia by N. Gogol. (Director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai)

In September 2015 in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk at the XXIIІ Republican festival of drama theaters for the drama “Crane Song” S. Zhunusov (director-director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbay) the theater was awarded the special prize “For a high level of creative harmony”.

In March 2016, at the competition in honor of the International Day of Theaters, Nurkanat Zhakypbai was awarded the title “Best Director of the Year” and the professional award “ЕҢЛІКГҮЛ – 2016”.

In September 2016 at the XXI International Theater Festival “White Tower” in honor of the 25th anniversary of the CIS in the city of Brest in Belarus for the parable “Chingiz Khan” C. Aytmatov, A. Kekilbaev (director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai) theater He was awarded the title “For the spectacular embodiment of poetic parables.”

And also, in the same year in September in honor of the 25th anniversary of the CIS in the city of Aktobe at the XXIV Republican Theater Festival for the musical “Mozart” J.P. Pilo and O.Shulteza (director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai) awarded the title of “Best Performance”.

In October 2016 in the city of Taldykorgan in honor of the 25th anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan at the VI International Festival of Central Asian Countries “Kazakhstan – the Heart of Eurasia” for the comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare theater was awarded the first place.

In November 2016, following the results of the year, the main director and artistic director of Zhastar Theaters Nurkanat Zhakypbay – for his contribution to the theatrical (directing) art was awarded the title of “Artist of Culture”, “Choice of the Year” and became the laureate of the orders “ALTYN ADAM” and “DOSTYҚ”.

In March 2017, in the nomination “Best Director” he was awarded the national theater title “SAHNAGER – 2017”.

In September 2017 in the city of Ufa in Bashkortostan at the VI International Theater Festival of Turkic-speaking theaters “Tuganlyk” for the tragicomedy “The Inspector” by N. Gogol the theater was awarded three nominations: “Professional equipment and playing in the ensemble”, “Best musical design”, and the role of Anna Andreevna actress Mahabbat Madgulova took the title “For the best supporting actress”. (Director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai)

Also, Nurkanat Zhakypbai in 2017 in the city of Bishkek at the VI International Theater Festival “ART ORD” for the comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare was awarded the title of “Best Director” and the title of Academician of the Academy of Theater Art of the Theater Union of Kyrgyzstan.

In October 2017, Nurkanat Zhakypbai was awarded the prize “International Prize. Ch.Aitmatova “for his contribution to the dissemination of the creativity of Ch.Aitmatov.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Capital, Nurkanat Zhakypbai was awarded the festive medal “The 20th anniversary of Astana.”

From June 22 to July 9, 2018 in Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF), the largest Asian festival in Daegu in South Korea, at the 13th International Musical Festival Nurkanat Zhakypbai was awarded the title of Kyz Zhibek musical by G. Musrepov. (Director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai)

From September 17 to 21, 2018 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty, at the Festival of Drama Theaters in honor of the 80th anniversary of the People’s Artist of Kazakhstan R.Seytmetov Nurkanat Zhakypbai received the Main prize for the musical “Zhibek” G. Musrepov.

Since 12 till 17 November 2018 in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan at the International Theater Festival “Aitmatov and Theater – 2018” for the parable “Chingiz Khan” by Ch. Aytmatov, A. Kekilbayev Theater was awarded the title of “Best Performance” and I place. (Director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai)

On The December of 10th, 2018, in honor of the transition of the Capital from Almaty to Astana, for his contribution to the development of the foreign image of the capital and for the development of the culture of Astana, Nurkanat Zhakypbai received the Zhastar Theater prize, the Star of the Capital.

Also, since April 18 till April 28, 2019 in Konya in Turkey at the XII International Theater Festival of Turkic Speaking Countries “Thousands of Breath – One Vote” for the musical “Zhibek” by G. Musrepov – the theater was awarded the title of laureate. (Director – Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nurkanat Zhakypbai)

In 2007, at the invitation of the Astana Akimat, he founded the Zhastar Theaters Theater and is currently the Art Director and Chief Director in this theater. Most of the actors in the troupe are students of Nurkanat Zhakypbai. At the moment there are about 46 performances in the repertoire of the theater, which deserve the attention and love of the public.

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