Why See Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover?
Set in "a vacuity of a place and time" on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Asheq is the engrossing story of forbidden love, a family divided by long-held secrets and a community torn between stifling traditions and modern freedom. The production blends music, projection and live storytelling to tell the captivating tale of a father's life and death battle with himself and his son. The play culminates in music and movement, as the son is forced into a ritual zar/exorcism ceremony to rid him of a "sickness" - his love for an outcast woman.
Shahin Sayadi stars in this play - he brings to life a multitude of characters, their loves and their struggles, their births and deaths, all laid bare on stage in a time-bending, perspective-shifting tale that takes audiences inside the inner struggles of characters and the inevitable clashes in the family and community.
Opening night: 5 December 2018
Suitable for adults and teenagers
60 minutes with no intermission
Cast and Creative
Shahin Sayadi - Writer, Director, Scenographer, Set Design, Lighting and Projection Design, Sound Design, Set Construction, Costumes, Props, Music Arrangements, Videography, Photography, Film Production, Producer
Mike Mader - Technical Director, Lighting and Projection Design, Construction, QLab Supervisor and 3D mapping, Sound Installation
Raeesa Lalani - Stage Manager, Co-Producer, Sound Design, Tech Operator, Assistant Technical Director
Maggie Stewart - Co-Producer, Dramaturg
Karen Bassett - Dramaturg
Mohsen Sharifian - Composer, Musician, Cultural Advisor, selected music from Lian
Habib Meftahboushehri - Composer, Musician, selected music from Shibaali album
Sina Bathaie - Additional music - selections from Ray of Hope album
Jake Dambergs - Digital Technology Advisor, Sound, Props
Nick Bottomley - Projection Materials, Graphics and Animation
Ryan Neal - Projection Materials, Graphics and Animation
Payam Sayadi - Calligraphy, Poster Design
Miya Turnball - Props
Patricia Vinluan - Technical Support
Coleen MacPherson - Toronto Co-Producer
Karen Bassett, Garry Williams, Coleen Shirin MacPherson, Raeesa Lalani, Hassan Jabry Dehdaran, Mike Mader, Jake Dambergs, Maggie Stewart, Shahin Sayadi - Development workshops
Shoorangiz Sayadi, Khezr Dashti, Zahra Zamzam, Babak ahmadpoor, Hosein Bagherian, Shirin Azhdar, Zahra Afisi, Mahin Satar, Mehdi Abdi, Zoleikha Helalbeh, Arash Khalafpoor, Abbass Khwazak, Hosein Ebnedohi, Payam Shadniya, Amin Salimi, Ario Ansari, Kaveh Zarei, Masoud Kazerooni, Mohsen Sharifian - Musicians, Singers and Performers in films
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