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Leyli weeping in the garden

This dance is based on Nezami's immortal poem, Leyli and Majnun. Leyli, separated forever from her beloved Majnun, is married to a wealthy man who adores her.  She is surrounded by riches and loving family, but nothing can take the place of Majnun.  She runs away from her family to weep alone in her garden. 

Performance and Choreography: Robyn Friend

The melody is based on the gushe ‘Leyli-o Majnun".

Music is performed by Neil Siegel and Robyn Friend.

Dance for the ‘Nahvand’ mood

The scale of maqam nahvand is almost parallel to the minor scale in western music. It has a melancholic sound.

The dance has two parts; contemporary and traditional Turkish dance.

Performance and Choreography: Berrak Yedek

Music is performed by Laco Tayfa


The Qajars were a Turkic dynasty, the last dynasty in Iran before the Pahlavis The Qajar shahs were fond of art and entertainment, and supported many artists and entertainers, including dancers, singers, musicians, acrobats, and painters.  Much of what we see today in Persian party dance is based on Qajar-era dances, which are flirtatious and fun.  The dance includes "Raqs-e Bazak", the makeup dance. 

Performance and Choreography: Robyn Friend.

Music is performed by Massoud Modirian, Ostad Mortezavarzi

Azerie dance

Traditional folk dance from Azerbaijan Region of Iran.

Performers: 1001 Night Beginners Dance Group (Assiel, Anna, Cathryn, Corina, Halina, Kattalin, Sara, Sarah, Vennesa)

Choreography and costume : Charareh Pourzand, Olivier Reelfs

DJs :Serpil Awdry, Bobak Bahri

DVD and Visual Show: Andy Mac Creeth, Serpil Awdry

Photography:Piers Awdry and Olivier Reelfs

Videography:Andy Mac Creeth, Serpil Awdry and Andy Fuller

Decoration making and setting:Local artists and 26 voluntaries

Program, ticket, leaflets design:Sue Fairhurst, Serpil Awdry

Raffle drawn is sported by Marmaris Restaurant

1001 Nights 7th Extravaganza

Show Program 9.00pm – 10.00 pm

Presentation byOlivier Reelf, Farah Guenena

Folkloric belly dance

Traditional dance from Luxor region of Egypt

Performers : 1001 Night Beginners Dancer Group (Assiel, Anna, Cathryn, Halina, Kattalin, Laetitia, Sara, Sarah, Shona, Vennesa)

Choreography and costume: Charareh Pourzand


Part 1: Zahhak, a character from the epic 11th Century Shahnameh, the Persian ‘Book of Kings’, was a young and powerful king. Iblis (the Devil) offered Zahhak a mouth-watering array of dishes. Iblis charmed the king into accepting the food on condition that he could kiss the King’s shoulders, instead of his hands, as a gesture of obedience. Iblis kissed each of Zahhak’s shoulders and immediately a cobra sprang through the flesh where his lips touched. The cobras, symbolic of Zahhak’s evil heart, became an eternal punishment for the king, as they had to be fed with human heads or they would have eaten the King himself. Therefore all his subjects were living in fear. Eventually, Zahhak accepted death, preferable to the living hell he had to endure.

Part 2 : A duet showing glimpses of life in the city in the time of Zahhak.

Part 3 : Traditional court dance

A celebration of life free from the cruel king portrayed through two short dances between a courtesan and a court cleaner and finally with a group dance.

Performers: Medea Mahdavi, Bobak Walker and Medea Mahdavi’s students (Ailsa, Angela, Hanna, Michelle, Zafia)

Choreography: Medea Mahdavi , Bobak Walker

Istanbul breeze

The music has two parts; the first part is ‘Harmonic Minor Scale’, the second part is ''Kocekce'' dance rhythm.

Kocekce dance used to be performed by a man dressing as a woman to entertain people in the sultan’s palaces.

Performance and Choreography: Berrak Yedek

Music: Yinon Muallem