One Thousand and One Nights
Date(s) - 05/22/2020 - 06/07/2020
Charleston Gaillard Center
Spoleto Festival USA
Caracalla Dance Theatre
Extraordinary tales from ancient lands
“An unprecedented joy” – Dance Europe
A grand palace, a murderous sultan, and a clever new bride: these are the first ingredients for a spectacular retelling of One Thousand and One Nights. To bring the age-old stories to life, the Beirut-based troupe—one of the Middle East’s most established dance companies—adds lavish silk costumes, a rich score fusing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Ravel’s Bolero with traditional Arabic instruments and melodies, and a multitalented cast of more than 40 performers. With a movement style The Washington Post calls “a visual luxury arising from Eastern folk dance blended with the stretch and fluidity of ballet and the theatricality of Western modern dance,” Caracalla Dance Theatre spins Scheherazade’s fanciful tales into an evening of wonder.