The Forgotten Empress is dynamic dance drama based on the history and life of Empress Noor Jahan exploring her strength and influence in 16th 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.
ARTISTS & PRODUCTION TEAM
Choreographed, Conceived & Performed by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh
Matthew Spangler, Writer & Director
Salar Nader, Musical Director & Original Score
Ben Kunin, Sarod
Raginder Momi Singh, Violin
Deepti Warrier, Vocals
Radhika Rao, Narrator/Actor
Deergha Sahni, Narrator/Actor
Drew Kaufman, Lighting Design & Production Manager
Jim French, Set Designer
Jack Beuttler, Tour Sound & Video Director
Ian Winters, Video/Multimedia Designer
Drew Yerys, Sound Designer
Alka Garg, Costume Designer
Natasha Datt, Make-up Artist
Brooke Duthie, Creative Consultant, Photographer & Videographer
Greg Gheorghiu, Video Editor
Annika Presley, Company Manager
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The Forgotten Empress is a recipient of the 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.