Rumi’s Fables

Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) are presenting a new production for young audiences based on a selection of Rumi’s fables. The fables are a beloved collection short stories from the famous 13th Century Sufi poet, philosopher, and scholar Rumi. They have been a part of Middle-Eastern culture for more than seven hundred years. In honour of his 800th birthday, the United Nations declared 2007 as The Year of Rumi. The fables have significance and relevance in today's society and are suitable for both young and old.

This is the story of a hero who is looking for a treasure and encounters various adventures along the way. It is told by narrator, Parmida, with original music composed by ICOT, and music performed by the Ladom Ensemble.


50 minutes long with live musicians.

Based on five timeless fables by Rumi:

  1. Old Treasure
  2. Farm Animals
  3. Snake Hunter
  4. Elephant
  5. Two Parrots

Directed by award winning director Sue Miner.

It was premiered at Aga Khan Museum on September 29th at 7:30PM.

Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, composers

Sue Miner - Director and text adaptation

Ladom Ensemble, musicians

Parmida, narrator

Nasim Maserrat, Illustrator

Stage rider


This project is generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council: