Performances

Past Performance

October 26 - 29, 2017 Layla and Majnun

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - White Light Festival

Rose Theater

New York, New York — United States

Performance Times

October 26, 2017 7:30pm

October 27, 2017 7:30pm

October 28, 2017 7:30pm

October 29, 2017 3:00pm

Details

This timeless story of impossible love predating Romeo and Juliet emerges from the cultural intersections along the Silk Road. Star-crossed lovers Layla and Majnun are central characters in Persian and Arabian folklore and the subject of the first Muslim opera written more than a century ago. In this inspired adaptation by choreographer Mark Morris, celebrated Azerbaijani mugham singers Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova perform with the Silk Road Ensemble onstage with the Mark Morris Dance Group, featuring bold costume and set design by the late abstractionist painter Howard Hodgkin.

Direction and Choreography: Mark Morris
Scenic and Costume Design: Howard Hodgkin
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Music: Uzeyir Hajibeyli, (1885–1948), arranged by Alim Qasimov, Johnny Gandelsman, Colin Jacobsen
Alim Qasimov, mugham vocals (Majnun)
Fargana Qasimova, mugham vocals (Layla)

Sung in Azerbaijani with English titles.

This performance is approximately one hour.

Tickets from $40.


Layla and Majnun is a Mark Morris Dance Group/Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California production in association with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, New York; Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago, Illinois; the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle, Washington; Melbourne Festival, Victoria, Australia; Sadler's Wells, London, England; and University Musical Society at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Press

The Mark Morris Dance Group and the musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble, come to the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center this week with Layla and Majnun.

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- The New York Times

The immediate antecedent to Mark Morris’s Layla and Majnun may date back only a century, to the first Azerbaijani opera, but the story has pervaded the Islamic world, from India to Morocco, for over a thousand years — as folktale, epic poem, miniature painting and classical dance. By idiosyncratic means, the American choreographer confirms why this tragic romance has long mattered: the love it describes is essential and vast.

★★★★★

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- Financial Times

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