Bijan and Manijeh: A Love Story


Bijan and Manijeh: A Love Story

Date: Sun, Mar 17, 2019 03:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors

Don’t miss your chance to experience the Persian art of Naqqali, an ancient form of dramatic storytelling involving music, dance, painted scrolls, role playing, gesture, verse, prose, and improvisation. Historically, it was performed in palaces for kings, in schools for scholars, and at coffeehouses, parties, and on the streets for the public. In 2011, UNESCO added Naqqali to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of preservation.


Now, in partnership with Toronto’s Naqqali Centre, we bring you a special Naqqali based on the story of Bijan and Manijeh, two characters from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). The beautiful Manijeh is tasked with assassinating Bijan, a brave knight, but instead falls in love with him. When their love is discovered both are captured and must be rescued by Rustam, the hero of the Shahnameh. This Naqqali will be performed in both Persian and English.



Morshed (Master) Saghi Aghili is the founder of the Naqqali Centre in Toronto. She studied Naqqali under the mentorship of many renowned masters, and went on to teach acting through Naqqali at the Sureh University of Tehran. She also had a hand in registering Naqqali on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. As well, she has performed Naqqali in Persian, Turkish, and English in Iran, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Canada, and the United States. She has also participated in dozens of stage performances, TV series, and feature films.


Arash “Ali” Farhadipour is the manager of Toronto’s Naqqali Centre. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, and a Master of Arts degree from Carleton University. He studied acting and Naqqali under the mentorship of his mother, Morshed Saghi Aghili, and he’s worked as a playwright, director, actor, and Naqqal (dramatic-storyteller) in many productions in Iran, Turkey, Italy, and Canada.


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