Layla and Majnun, an ancient tale of forbidden love, is revered in many Middle Eastern and sub-continental cultures—Muslim, Sufi, Hindu, and secular—and the story has been popularized by Persian poets and many other writers. This virtual screening features a production of the story created in 2016 by choreographer Mark Morris and performed by members of the Mark Morris Dance Group. The dancers are joined by Azerbaijani mugham singers and musicians from the Silkroad Ensemble (founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma) performing on traditional Eastern instruments combined with Western strings.
Dr. Aida Huseynova, of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will give an introduction.
This event is held in conjunction with the Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.
The event is free but you must register on Zoom to attend. Click HERE to register.
This program is made possible in part by Georgia Humanities.