Orfeo & Majnun Libretto

Drawing on the timeless themes of forsaken love, loss and longing, this interdisciplinary project in two parts connected the Middle Eastern legend of Layla and Majnun and the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. An exciting new retelling expressed through multiple textures; the narration interweaves Maltese, English and Arabic, while the score combines oriental and occidental styles – Dick van der Harst, Moneim Adwan, and Howard Moody.

This poetic music theatre also encouraged local citizens to take part in creative workshops; under the artistic direction of Martina Winkel and Airan Berg, the first part of the performance celebrates co-creation with associative stories and a cast of animal puppets conceived during workshops. The second part continued to unfold a unique and uniting spectacle, a theatre of emotions.

Follow this link to view the Libretto in English, Maltese and Arabic, for the Orfeo & Majnun music-theatre performance which took place in Valletta, Malta: