Majnun: Mad In Love


Director: Soraya Syed & Michael Nunn Country of Origin: United Kingdom Runtime: 4 minutes Category / Genre: Experimental, Dance, Short Block: E Time: 6.20-7.35 pm + Q&A

When Qays falls in love with Layla, his passion slowly drives him mad, and earns him the epithet “Majnun” (or “mad”). In Soraya Syed’s new version, his descent into madness is juxtaposed by the increasingly beautiful art he creates in a story of man’s longing, artistic brilliance and journey towards personal annihilation. This is an ancient story about love and loss in a unique combination of film-making and story-telling through dance. The film is a collaboration with master dancers and filmmakers BalletBoyz (Michael Nunn OBE & William Trevitt OBE), with a musical score by renowned British composer Nitin Sawhney CBE (Mowgli 2018). Director Soraya Syed will attend the screening.

Director Biography

Soraya Syed is an artist, filmmaker and classically trained calligrapher of growing international renown. She pushes the boundaries of her traditional art form and takes the written word off the page into dance, film and VR. She has worked with the likes of Google, the British Museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Michael Nunn (left) and Billy Trevitt (right) founded Balletboyz the dance company in 2000. As well as their extensive repertoire of stage works, they have created numerous arts documentaries for television as well as short films for Channel 4. They have won numerous awards for their feature-length dance film Young Men set in the First World War (2016) executively produced by the BBC. BalletBoyz are Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists and have received OBEs from the Queen.