Love's universe is inside you

Since its composition in the 13th century, Rumi’s verses have transcended borders and time to become one of the world’s great literatures. In Love’s Universe Rumi’s immortal verse is entwined with the haunting melodies of Persian classical music in a rapturous performance inviting us to free the boundless power of the human spirit.

Iranian-Australian artist and Qanun player Vahideh embarks on a creative journey inspired by the wisdom of the celebrated poet Rumi. With classical Persian poetry’s inherent rhythm and music as her muse, Vahideh finds herself drawn deeper into the captivating world of Persian literature. In Love’s Universe, Vahideh crafts poetic and musical responses to carefully chosen verses from Rumi’s works. Her responses become a fusion of her cultural influences from Australia and Iran, interwoven with contributions from fellow musicians – cellist Zoe Barry and ney, clarinet, and drum player Kelly Dowall. The musicians accompanying Vahideh on this profound journey become storytellers themselves. Vahideh’s artistic exploration leads to profound inquiries about the power of voice, the dynamics of speaking and listening, and the concept of freedom itself. Rumi’s words, like a river with countless meanings, invite audiences to interpret them in their own unique way.

Tickets now available for purchase at Melbourne Recital Centre.


Past Performances

Melbourne Recital Centre
4pm, Sunday 12th November 2023 


Vahideh Eisaei concept creator, composer, qanun

Zoe Barry cello

Kelly Dowall ney, clarinet, drum

Elnaz Sheshgelani dramaturg, voice

Michael Kantor Director

Stephen Armstrong Executive Producer

Ziyin Wang Gantner Executive Producer

Jess Zhang Producer