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MARK MORRIS' CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED LAYLA & MAJNUN PREMIERES IN THE UK

MARK MORRIS' CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED LAYLA & MAJNUN PREMIERES IN THE UK

Created by the American choreographer Mark Morris, produced by Mark Morris Dance Group, in collaboration with the Silkroad Ensemble – the musical collective founded by Yo-Yo Ma – Layla and Majnun makes its UK debut from Tuesday 13 - Saturday 17 November at Sadler’s WellsLayla and Majnun is a Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission.

The ancient story of Layla and Majnun is a cornerstone of Middle Eastern folklore. Morris’ production bases itself on Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s 1908 Azerbaijani opera, portraying the classic story. This will be the first time that an adaptation of Layla and Majnun on this scale has been presented in the UK.

Madness and mysticism intertwine with the idea of eternal love as Majnun is driven mad over his unobtainable love for Layla. 16 dancers interpret the narrative, tailoring their movements to profound, improvised music, sung in the style of mugham by father and daughter vocalists Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova. Traditional Asian instruments also play in harmony with Western strings and percussion.

Featuring costume and set design by Howard Hodgkin, including a section from Love and Death (2015), lighting design by James F. Ingalls, with musical arrangement by Colin Jacobsen and Johnny Gandelsman.

A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission

Free pre-show talk with scholar, musicologist and author Dr. Aida Huseynova, for the production: Wednesday 14 November at 6:30pm.

Details

Production: Mark Morris Dance Group & Silkroad Ensemble - Layla and Majnun

Tickets: £12 - £45

Address: Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN

Dates: Tuesday 13 - Saturday 17 November

Performance times: Starts at 7:30pm

Ticket office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

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