Leila’s Death

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

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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.

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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)

Producers

Support for the Guthrie Theater and Walker Art Center presentations provided by Marge and Irv Weiser and the Weiser Family Foundation, with additional support provided by Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, The Racciatti Family Fund, and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.

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