When love becomes madness
Once described as the ‘Romeo and Juliet of the East’ by Lord Byron, Layla and Majnun is a story of undying love that is claimed by cultures and traditions across the world from Persia, to Turkey to Malaysia and beyond.
The story has been passed through generations anecdotally and has multiple versions. For the first time, the stories from the giants of Persian poetry including Rumi have been consolidated and translated into a single English narrative by US based Farsi scholar and storyteller, Feraidoon Mojadedi.
This new work is being developed by emerging and diverse artists from Western Australia. Together with Feraidoon Mojadedi, and well-known local mentors, the team are exploring ways to incorporate visual projection and sound design with traditional storytelling to bring this tale into the 21st Century.
Produced by Performing Lines WA, this show will be developed throughout 2017 and early 2018 with the hope to premiere in late 2018.
The project has also been supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, a residency at St Georges Dance and Theatre Program and the LOFT program.
Visual Designers: Osama Mah and Hadia Fahad Bangash
Sound Designers: Sinan Aizad and Mujeeb Khan Mahadik
Writer: Feraidoon Mojadedi
Director: James Berlyn
Mentors: Tristen Parr, Mia Holton & Fiona de Garis
Creative Producer: Zainab Syed