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Harbourfront Centre, 181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover

Closed December 8, 2018

The engrossing story of long-held secrets, a community torn, and forbidden love!

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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.

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Opening night: 5 December 2018


Suitable for adults and teenagers

Run time

60 minutes with no intermission

Cast and Creative


Shahin Sayadi


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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