• A Quiet Evening of Dance. Photo: Dorothea Tuch.
    A Quiet Evening of Dance. Photo: Dorothea Tuch.
  • Layla and Majnun. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan
    Layla and Majnun. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan

This year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival has scored a dance coup – with two of the world’s biggest names in contemporary dance - William Forsythe and Mark Morris.

First up is Morris's Layla and Majnuna spectacular Azerbaijani dance opera collaboration between Morris and the Silkroad Ensemble, a musical group founded byone of the world’s most famous musicians, Yo-Yo Ma. Central to the work are Azerbaijani mugham vocalists, Alim Qasimov and his daughter and protégée Fargana Qasimova, who have rockstar status, including a UNESCO Music Prize, one of the most prestigious international prizes in music.

Forsythe's A Quiet Evening of Dance is a suite of his recent work that showcases the depth and breadth of his practice. 

The evening is performed by seven of Forsythe’s long-term collaborators who provide insight into the workings of ballet and the mind of the man who has dedicated his work to this task.The dancers are Brigel Gjoka. Parvaneh Scharafali, Riley Watts and Ander Zabala, who were all former performers with The Forsythe Company. They are joined by Christopher Roman and Jill Johnson who danced with Ballet Frankfurt and Rauf ‘Rubberlegz’ Yasit, who has developed a unique form of movement taken from b-boying which saw him travel the world to perform. 

‘Layla and Majnun’ will run from October 10 to 13 and ‘A Quiet Evening’ from October 17 to 20 at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Tickets range up to $139, but we have two double passes to each performance TO GIVE AWAY! 
All you have to do is send an email to competition@danceaustralia.com.au. Please indicate which show you are entering for by putting the name of the show in the subject line. Make sure you include your name and phone number in the body of the email.
Layla and Majnun: Wednesday September 26
A Quiet Evening of Dance: Wednesday October 3,  
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