Met Museum presents New York ensemble Cirène's interpretation of a classic love story of the Middle East with music, dance and painting today, June 16. See details below.
For tickets, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets or call 212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:00 and Sunday noon-5:00. Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.
30 & Under Rush: $15 tickets for ticket buyers 30 years and younger, with proof of age, the day of the event (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.
Bring the Kids!: $1 tickets for children (ages 7-16) when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.
Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 3:00 p.m.
Cirène – “Layla and Majnun”
Cirène, an ensemble made up of some of the best young artists in New York, reimagines timeless tales from around the world as presentations of dance, music, live painting, and animation in which magical images are projected behind the performers and spring to life in unexpected ways. For this event inspired by the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, Cirène tells the story of Layla and Majnun, the classic love story of the Middle East, which the 12th century Persian poet Nezami crafted into the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers that is often compared to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Cirène’s interpretation will feature music by Colin Jacobsen, Giovanni Sollima, Henry Purcell, and Vartabed Komitas, and will also include arrangements of traditional Armenian and Persian melodies. The performers include Maile Okamura and John Heginbotham, dancers; Kevork Mourad, visual artist; Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violins; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Eric Jacobsen and Edward Arron, cellos.