Neworld Theatre (Vancouver)
March 22 – 26, 2016
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With the support of our friends at the Nimatullahi Sufi order
Doost (Friend) takes the audience on a mystical journey of poetry, parable, dance, and music. A unique ensemble of artists and adherents of the Nimatullahi Sufi order explore the universal essence of mystic poetry including Rumi, Hafez, and Nurbakhsh. Doost is a story about heritage, compassion and community. Through dance, poetry, and music, we explore the borders between the secular and the spiritual, between professionals and community members, and – in the context of a world that is too often hostile and ignorant of Eastern practices – the difference between our understanding of ‘us’ and ‘them’.
In 1995, Camyar Chai founded Neworld Theatre with a vision of creating an artist-driven company that created work that reflected the actual diversity of the community it belongs to: that explored and deconstructed borders, be they artistic, political, or personal. In 2005 Camyar left the company to his friend and co-director, Marcus Youssef. Eleven years later, Camyar returns to Neworld as the creator and co-director of Doost, along with new Neworld Associate Artistic Director, Chelsea Haberlin. Doost emerges from Camyar’s desire to merge his practice as a theatre artist with his spiritual practice as a Sufi. Doost brings together members of the Vancouver Sufi Centre and professionals from the theatre community – they’ll perform the show together. The Canadian Memorial United Church has come on board, too, with an interest in inter-faith dialogue about the role of spirituality in a secular society.
The draw: Adapted by Camyar Chai, co-creator of the hit show Ali & Ali
Venue: Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables Street
Show Dates and Times:
Mar 22, 8 PM: Opening
Mar 23 – 26: 8 PM
Mar 26: 2 PM
Running Time: 80 minutes, no intermission
Co-Directed by: Camyar Chai and Chelsea Haberlin
Performers: Samuel Bob, Sofia Bunting Newman, Elijah Chai, Frances Kitson, Maya Lee, Richard Newman, Nadeem Phillip, Luc Roderique, Delara Tiv, Keyvan Tiv, Vajieh Tiv, Jada
Musicians: Soleyman Vaseghi, Hamin Honari, Ali Razmi, Brandon Walker, Amir Eslami
Scenography by: Parjad Sharifi
Costume Design by: Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh
Stage Managed by: Yvonne Yip
Assistant Stage Managed by: Ruth Bruhn
Production Assistance by: Genevieve Fleming and Pedro Chamale