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Rubaiyat performances and crowd funding

December 9, 2014

Jos Coumans has provided us with links to two unusual performances of the Rubaiyat in the USA.

Back in early November, the Katha Dance Theatre put on a performance in Minneapolis entitled “The Rubaiyat — Life in a Day”. This event was described as follows.

The haunting, melancholy musings of Persian philosopher-poet Omar Khayyam are brought to life by choreographer Rita Mustaphi and the dancers of Katha Dance Theatre Company. Backed by design projections, dramaturgy and digital Illustrations, a talented cast of guest artists — including composer/vocalist Maryam Yusefzadeh, actor/musician David Jordan Harris, composer/multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe, and David Stenshoel and David Burk of the world-music ensemble Robayat — transform Khayyam’s seminal work The Rubaiyat into gorgeous movement and evocative dance.

There is more information on any readers of this blog went to this performance, or know of any repeats in other locations, please comment.

handshadowsMeanwhile a new US group, Hand Shadows Productions, is planning a stage adaptation of Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, under the title ‘Poetry, dance, music, the beauty and the mystery of life and death’. The group is planning two performances apiece in Washington DC and Baltimore, starting in late February 2015.  They are seeking ‘crowd funding’ for the events – see The piece is written as a dialogue between characters from the text and from the creators’ imaginations, and it will combine poetry, music, and dance.   Casting and rehearsals have already commenced.  For more information, go to

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