• Dance

Layla and Majnun

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
10 Oct 2018, 11 Oct 2018, 12 Oct 2018

Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, the tragic love story of Layla and Majnun forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The Silkroad Ensemble’s virtuosic performers fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.

Content: Melbourne International Arts Festival
Type Entry cost
Adult $59.00 - $139.00
Concession $49.00 - $139.00

Under 30 price

  • Bar
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  • Car park
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Public toilet
  • Restaurant - licensed
  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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