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The Intoxicating Rose Garden

West-Eastern New Music and Dance

Music: Sally Beamish and Anoosh Jahanshahi
Text: Divan e Hafez trans. Jila Peacock

Choreographer, dancer, singer: Michael Popper

Artwork: Jila Peacock

Video: Laurie Irvine

The Intoxicating Rose Garden is a new hybrid work which takes Sally Beamish’s settings of poems by Hafez, the 14th century Persian mystic, as its starting-point. Combining music, song, dance and animated image, it explores the longing and separation, as well as the sense of belonging and completeness that are so present in Hafez’s poems: elements that somehow conflict with and complement one another in the same moment. The animated images are based on Jila Peacock’s renderings of Hafez poetry in figural calligraphy.

Red Note will be joined by the multi-faceted singer and dancer/choreographer, Michael Popper, and the outstanding young Iranian setar player Anoosh Jahanshahi, who will perform his own Songs from Hafez in traditional Persian classical style.

>> SPECIAL FAMILY CONCERT AND WORKSHOP Woodend Barn 10:30am 17 November: Red Note and Michael Popper will introduce and perform parts of The Intoxicating Rose Garden for younger audiences. Expect animals, fish and birds, playing, singing and dancing!

>> The Tolbooth Stirling 8pm 15 November


>> Woodend Barn Banchory 8pm 17 November

(with special Family Concert at10:30am)


>> Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 7:30pm 22 November


15 November, 2012 - 0:00
22 November, 2012 - 23:59

Various Venues

United Kingdom

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