Preview Performance: The Thousand and One Nights

Fri, February 13, 2015 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Part of The Expressions of Tarab Series
Friday, Feb. 13, 8pm at Alwan


Alwan invites the public to a preview of an interdisciplinary performance by its artists in residence in a modern day re-interpretation of the One Thousand and One Nights.


Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Amir ElSaffar, trumpet, santur, voice
Patrick McGuire, cello
Zafer Tawil, 'oud, violin, percussion
George Ziadeh, 'oud, vocal


Chris Braz
Jane Cracovaner
Alessia Della Casa
Mateo Melendez
Vanessa Tamburi, choreographer


Kevork Mourad


Anais Tekerian
Ahmed Issawi

This interdisciplinary work in progress exploring the Thousand and One Nights performance is inspired by the notion of the Middle Eastern expression of tarab, an interaction that attempts to articulate the unconstrained connection between performer and audience experience, highlighting universal themes essential to Islamic culture.

The project seeks to create an art 'work' or series of interrelated art 'works' engaging themes in referential texts that include Rubaiyat al Khayyam, the Seven Golden Odes, and Interpreter of Desires by Ibn Al Arabi. Artists interact with one another as well as the audience to bring to life these important pieces of world literature in a contemporary interpretation that addresses current contexts and relevant issues such as gender, social or class relations, and political manipulation.

Friday's preview is meant to create yet another night in the One Thousand and One Nights and provoke tarab-like affinities and connections between performers and audience that fluctuate between forms, ideas, moments, times, locations, and perspectives.

The performance will be followed by a discussion and critical talk-back between the audience and project artists.

Tickets: General Admission $10 | Students & Seniors $5
(available at door)

Doors open 7:30pm


Alwan's Interdisciplinary Residency program is made possible in part with public funds and support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council (DCA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Last updated: 2015-02-11 10:30:15

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