Follow Your Heart – 2016
A Middle Eastern love story of taboo and tradition.
An empowering and inspiring tale that tantalizes the senses
Follow Your Heart is about a modern Middle Eastern woman, Almaza, who is in love with a traditional man, Jivan. Their love is irresistible yet doomed as he is bound by tradition and his culture. It is a journey of a woman who fights for love against all odds, against her culture and traditions. What starts as a love story of taboo and tradition in Toronto travels to Middle East and back again, to end up in a world where other cultures and traditions join in to help their love prevail.
Follow Your Heart is a Broadway style Middle Eastern show. With global artists and dances of different genres, acting, haunting music both live and recorded, a storyteller, pre-recorded videos to give the backdrop of the story, set décor, digital media, special effects, and beautiful imagery transports the audience on a wondrous journey into the depths of human spirit.
“The story of Follow Your Heart is important at this time because with the current world events Follow Your Heart is a true representation of the Middle Eastern people not from a political or religious perspective but from a cultural and social point of view. It is particularly interesting to me because of its compelling nature both artistically and socially”, says Keshishian the creator of the show.