Still from a performance of The Forgotten Empress

The Forgotten Empress

A Performance by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh and Noorani Dance
Oct 27, 2018, 7:30 PM
Jewett Auditorium
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The Forgotten Empress is a dynamic dance drama based on the history and life of Empress Noor Jahan, exploring her strength and influence in 17th-century Mughal India and how she maintained her delicate power in a male-dominated empire, only to be almost forgotten in the latter years of her life and in death. Through an enthralling performance of South Asian classical dance, live music, multimedia, and theater, acclaimed Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, director Matthew Spangler, and musical director Salar Nader, along with their team of world-class musicians and actors, deliver the spectrum of emotions, relationships, and occurrences surrounding this powerful woman. Reservations will be required and available here.

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The Forgotten Empress is the recipient of a New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The residency and concert at Wellesley are generously supported by the Wilson Fund and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund.