Howard Hodgkin's Love and Death backdrop for Layla and Majnun. Artwork © Howard Hodgkin. Photo by Mat Hayward.

Howard Hodgkin provided the set and costume design for Layla and Majnun, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, New York, New York.

October 26 through October 29, 2017.

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 costume and set design by the late abstractionist painter Howard Hodgkin.


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; arranged by Alim Qasimov, Johnny Gandelsman, and Colin Jacobsen
Libretto based on the poem Leyli and Majnun by Muhammad Fuzuli


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