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.
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Choreographed, Conceived & Performed by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh
Matthew Spangler, Playwright & Director
Salar Nader, Musical Director & Original Score
Ben Kunin, Sarod
Raginder Momi Singh, Violin
Deepti Warrier, Vocals
Radhika Rao, Narrator/Actor
Sukanya Chakrabarti, Narrator/Actor
Jack Beuttler, Production & Tour Director
Jerry Girard, Sound Director
Drew Kaufman, Lighting Design
Jim French, Set Design
Ian Winters, Multimedia Design
Drew Yerys, Sound Design
Annika Presley, Company Manager
Alka Garg & Jhalak, Costume Design
Zeba Savage, Wardrobe Manager
Natasha Datt, Make-up Artist
Brooke Duthie, Creative Consultant, Photographer & Videographer
Greg Gheorghiu, Video Editor
Kara Adanalian, Graphic Design