This timeless story of impossible love predating Romeo and Juliet emerges from the cultural intersections along the Silk Road. Star-crossed lovers Layla and Majnun are central characters in Persian and Arabian folklore and the subject of the first Muslim opera written more than a century ago. In this inspired adaptation by choreographer Mark Morris, celebrated Azerbaijani mugham singers Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova perform with the Silk Road Ensemble onstage with the Mark Morris Dance Group, featuring bold costumes and set design by the late abstractionist Howard Hodgkin.

“Mr. Morris does not so much tell the Layla-Majnun story as refract it, ritualize it, multiply it. The emphasis is all on emotion…beautiful.”
– New York Times



10 Columbus Cir


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Layla and Majnun

(New York premiere)

Mark Morris Dance Group

October 26–29, 2017 Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

Add to Calendar America/New_York Layla and Majnun - Choreographer Mark Morris and the Silk Road Ensemble bring new life to the Persian tale of star-crossed lovers. Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023 Lincoln Center false MM/DD/YYYY aho3e0k00zv7rk56sm4e178

Mark Morris Dance Group

Silk Road Ensemble

Mark Morris, choreographer and director

Alim Qasimov, Majnun

Fargana Qasimova, Layla

Howard Hodgkin, scenic and costume design

James F. Ingalls, lighting design

Music composed by Uzeyir Hajibeyli and arranged by Alim Qasimov, Johnny Gandelsman, and Colin Jacobsen

Libretto based on the poem Leyli and Majnun by Muhammad Fuzuli

Sung in Azerbaijani with English supertitles
Please note: The pre- and post-performance discussions previously scheduled for October 27 and 28 will no longer be happening.

Performance Details

  • Performances on Thursday–Saturday, October 26–28, will be followed by White Light Lounges.
    Performances on Thursday–Saturday, October 26–28, will be followed by White Light Lounges.
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    Program Notes

Layla and Majnun is a Mark Morris Dance Group/Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, California production in association with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, New York; Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago, Illinois; Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle, Washington; Melbourne Festival, Victoria, Australia; Sadler’s Wells, London, England; and University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


This presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group's Layla and Majnun is made possible in part by endowment support from the American Express Cultural Preservation Fund.


Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.


Performance length: 70 minutes, no intermission

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