Ali to Karim

Rich with ceremony, pageantry and tradition, ALI TO KARIM: A Tribute to the Ismaili Imams is a docu-theatre production about the Ismaili Imamat and its contributions to Islam and Muslim civilizations over the past 1 400 years. This Golden Jubilee International Programme toured the USA between July – August 2008.

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A book lands on a table in a library;
a crowd of people descend on it.
A child turns a page;
a story comes to life...

ALI TO KARIM: A Tribute to the Ismaili Imams recounts the story of our 49 Imams in seven episodes. It traces the unbroken thread of Imamat through the tapestry of Muslim civilisations woven over 1 400 years of history. Staged in the wonderous world of books, it entices the audience into a realm where past and present mingle and come to life.

Watch as the plume gives way to the first pen: “Construct a pen,” guided the Imam, “which can be used... without having recourse to an ink-holder, and whose ink will be contained inside it.”

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Using the experimental medium of visual projection, ALI TO KARIM transports viewers to 8th century Arabia, 12th century Persia and 17th century France. Spectators will lose themselves in a lyrical world that draws on legends and tales, poetry and paintings, film and historical sources.

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Join in the construction of Cairo through the eyes of a mason.

Developed in London, the cast of ALI TO KARIM includes an ensemble of established performers from the United Kingdom, supported by a group of talented Jamati actors from the United States.

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ALI TO KARIM, a Golden Jubilee International Programme, toured the United States between July – August 2008. Hosted by the Ismaili Council for the USA, the production traveled to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

» Ali to Karim ends USA tour with final performance in Houston
» Ali to Karim premieres in Los Angeles

» Episode synopses
» Cast biographies
» Off-script: Members of the cast share their thoughts and experiences