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 Wells. Layla 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.
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