In Love with Thee: Mystical Poetry in Performance from the Jewish, Christian, and Sufi Traditions

Monday, April 16, 2018

Loreto Theater

The True, The Good, and The Beautiful: Part 2

The second in The True, The Good, and The Beautiful series, In Love With Thee is an evening of mystical poetic texts from the Song of Songs, St. John of the Cross, and Rumi. Magis Theatre Company brings these words to life – both in English translation and the original languages - with performances drawing from both ancient and contemporary performance mediums.

At the core of the world’s mystical traditions is the idea of divine love that invites humanity to unite with divinity. The Song of Songs, an ancient love poem, is an important part of Jewish liturgical practice and finds its place in the canon of both Jewish and Christian scripture.  Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, one of the central poetic figures of Sufism, is one of the best-loved poets of the ancient world and his poems are just as well-known today as they were at the time of their composition in the 12th century.  St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish mystic and scholar, wrote The Spiritual Canticle his own love song that mirrors the incarnational spirit of the Song of Songs. The work possesses flavors of Moorish Spain, weaving these traditions in his own rich cultural tapestry. Performed in Hebrew, Persian, Spanish, English, and other languages, these texts are a feast for the ears and the imagination.

Tickets: $20

Performers include:

Magis Theatre Company

Iraj Anvar - Translator of Persian texts

Nessa Rapoport - Poet Author

Rebecca Keren - Actress Singer

Ralph Martin - Actor Performer

Kristin Kusanovich - Dancer

Priscilla Smith – Actress

and others

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