The Unexpectable Ecstasy of “Layla and Majnun”

 Mirroring Silk Road Ensemble’s instrumental mix of East and West, traditional and modern sounds, Morris’ movement invention combines the skittering bourrées of young love fluttering, Middle-Eastern folk dance forms, and balletic cabrioles, with primitive ceremonial gesture and pageantry. The overall impact is mesmerizing, with an energy and momentum that transports us to a non-linear state of mind that allows for each of us to become Layla and Majnun, aching so desperately for each other and for the idealization of love.