Leila’s Death

directed and choreographed by Ali Chahrour
co-presented with the Walker Art Center


About the show

This devastatingly beautiful work by Lebanese theater artist/choreographer Ali Chahrour features a contemporary music trio from Beirut incorporating live vocal work by Leila, a professional mourner paid to sing at funerals and burials in Southern Lebanon. The striking vocalist is part of a fading tradition of singers who have long played a key role in rituals of condolence. Chahrour taps this custom and combines it with contemporary global dance, theatrical movement, and storytelling to make something glowingly universal and artistically fresh. In Arabic with English subtitles.


McGuire Proscenium Stage

Run Time

70 minutes, no intermission 

Age Recommendation

We recommend children be 12+, but admit children as young as 8.

Ticket Prices


Rush tickets, priced at $25, will go on sale 15-30 minutes before the performance. Cash or check only. Subject to availability. 

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Leila Chahrour, Leila’s Death (Photo: Dominique Houcmant-Goldo)

Ali Chahrour and Leila Chahrour, Leila’s Death (Photo: Dominique Houcmant-Goldo)

Ali Chahrour, Leila’s Death (Photo: Dominique Houcmant-Goldo)

Ali Chahrour and Leila Chahrour, Leila’s Death (Photo: Dominique Houcmant-Goldo)

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