TEHRAN, Oct. 6 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian director Hossein Mosafer Astaneh, who staged "Love Resurrection" at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris last week, said that his play was warmly welcomed by the audience.
The play, which depicts the life of Molana Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273), was a part of UNESCO's celebration of the 800th birth anniversary of the Persian poet and mystic. Over 1800 people saw the one performance of the play.
"I talked with the audience members after the performance and saw that a number of them had come from Italy, Switzerland, and other European countries. Most of them liked the play. The special style of the performance helped them connect with the play and its visual aspects were interesting for them," Mosafer Astaneh told the Mehr News Agency on Friday.
"The audience applauded our troupe loudly. Afterwards, prominent French playwright Jean-Claude Carriere came on stage and recited some of Rumi's verses and praised the play, saying it was worthy of Iran's dignity," he added.
Written by Mohammad Rahmanian, "Love Resurrection" is a musical spiced with sama' (the Sufi ecstatic dance and ritual).
Leading actors Nader Rajabpur, Saeid Dakh, and Asghar Faridi Masuleh were the choreographers of the play. Behzad Javedanfar, Mohsen Torabi-Gudarzi, Ali Barati, Ali-Akbar Mosafer, Bahador Fazel, Reza Rad, Neli Reihani, Zohreh Aqalu, Elnaz Tarikhi, Ramak Far-Khojasteh, Ghazleh Soheili, Neda Sayyas, and Lida Fat'hollahi are the other cast members.
Saeid Zehni composed the music for the play.
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