Orzu Arts and Asia House are are honoured to invite you to the World Premiere Performance of
Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 6:45pm
Friends of Asia House: £6
63 New Cavendish Street
Mejnun is an innovative and interactive theatre piece grounded in Uzbek and Sufi traditions,
in which audience members also participate onstage.
It explores contemporary issues through humour, ritual and poetry, and celebrates
the sublime power of universal love to overcome cultural and religious divisions.
A Western poet and artist travels on a journey of the spirit to Central Asia,
with the 14th century Persian poet Hafiz as his guiding source of insight.
Despite many difficulties, he falls in love with the unfamiliar culture,
like Mejnun with Leyli, Romeo with Juliet. Initially he takes nothing seriously,
even taking a humorous view of circumcision, but his irony gradually gives
way to a deeply personal, spiritual experience of oneness with God.
Mejnun is drawn from Goethe’s West-East Divan (1819), the 15th century
Turkic-Uzbek poet and mystic Alisher Navai’s epic poem Leyli and
Mejnun and the 12th century Persian Sufi poet Attar of Nishapur’s Sheikh Sanan.
Directed by Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli
Performed by Yuldosh Juraboev
Live Music by Soufian Saihi
Costumes by Shukhrat Abdumalikov
About Orzu Arts:
As the only Uzbek theatre company in Britain, Orzu Arts explores the richness of the performing arts of Central Asia, creating cultural exchanges between
Uzbekistan and the West.
Influenced by current and folkloric Uzbek performance, Orzu (dream) Arts integrates ritual, dance, poetry and traditional song with contemporary writing, creating
work that engages and enlivens Central Asian communities in the West and allows us to present our traditions and explorations to audiences across the world.