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Storytelling Family Workshop: in partnership with Magic of Persia21 September 2013


Image: Courtesy of Mishko Papic



Saturday 21 September, 2.30 - 3.30pm

Aerial artiste of the spoken word, Xanthe Gresham, dives headlong into the majestic mythology of Persia, to perform sections of The Shahnameh – the epic masterpiece The Book of Kings – accompanied by the remarkable Iranian musician, Arash Moradi on tanbour, setar, shourangiz and daf. Magical horses and birds, supersized heroes, and passionate adventures abound in this world of deserts, gardens, fountains and mountains.

‘She speaks like a woman spitting jewels’ an Arts Council reviewer once said of Xanthe Gresham. Her work is highly energetic, distinctive and has captured audiences all over the world. Xanthe has been Storyteller in Residence for the Chelsea Physic Garden, Educator for the Chester Beatty library, Tate Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, The National Gallery and is currently working with the Wallace Collection.  She is a Lecturer in Drama and Storytelling at the University of East London.

Arash Moradi was born in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Western Iran. He is the eldest son of Iran's leading tanbour player Ali Akbar Moradi. Arash started learning this ancient art form from an early age from his father whom he has since accompanied in numerous concerts and festivals throughout the world. Arash has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic and actively promotes Kurdish music.

Magic of Persia 

Established in 2004, Magic of Persia (MOP) promotes Iranian art and culture to a wider audience outside of Iran, and strives to make a notable contribution to its long-term advancement worldwide.  This is accomplished by establishing programmes in modern and contemporary Iranian art, music, media and academia in partnership with world-class institutions.