“You hold your breath, not only to acknowledge the wonder of it being there in the first place, but in honour of the transcendental experience.” —Montreal Theatre Hub
This devastatingly beautiful work by Lebanese theater artist/choreographer Ali Chahrour features a contemporary music trio from Beirut incorporating live vocal work by Leila, a professional mourner paid to sing at funerals and burials in Southern Lebanon. The striking vocalist is part of a fading tradition of singers who have long played a key role in rituals of condolence. Chahrour taps this custom and combines it with contemporary global dance, theatrical movement, and storytelling to make something glowingly universal and artistically fresh. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Copresented with the Guthrie Theater.