Laila al-Sanna' al-Andalusiyya

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Laila al-Sanna' al-Andalusiyya
Resides: Canton of Broken Bridge
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
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Sayyida Laila al-Sanna' al-Andalusiyya is a bard who specializes in period vocal and theatrical performance. She is most known for her performances of 13th-15th century Ladino songs. Laila teaches classes on vocal performance, Classical Arabic Music, late Renaissance English theatre, and the historical role of courtesans in the performing arts. Laila is the head of the House of the Lotus, a 16th century Safavid Persian house of courtesans. She is also a member of the East Kingdom College of Performers, the Keepers of Athena's Thimble, The Velvet Mask, and Clan Blue Feather.

Sayyida Laila has been in the SCA since 1993, almost all of that time spent in Caid (Barony of the Western Seas, Barony of Angels, and Barony of Lyondemere). She has recently moved to the East Kingdom, and expects the move to be permanent. She is in a relationship with The Honorable Lady Ajir Tsagaan and Jibril al-Ghazal.

Sayyida Laila al-Sanna' al-Andalusiyya is the former Bard of Caid, and a member of the Order of the Troubadour, the Order of the Harp Argent (Caid), and the Order of the Ambassador of Courtesy of Starkhafn (Caid). She was formerly known as Elizaveta Arievna Lebedeva.


Coming Soon!

Offices & Positions

  • LyonBard (Baronial Bardic Champion), Barony of Lyondemere, Caid, 2004-2005
  • Arts & Sciences Officer, Barony of Lyondemere, Caid, 2005-2006
  • Bard of Caid, Caid, January 2007 to January 2008

Event Staff

  • Class Instructor, Harper's Retreat, August 2002
  • Class Instructor, 100s of events in Caid, 2003-2008
  • Class Instructor, Hunter's Moon, 08/31/2018 to 09/03/2018
  • Class Instructor, The Feast of John Barleycorn, 09/07/2018 to 09/09/2018

Classes Offered

  • Medieval and Renaissance Vocal Performance
  • Introduction to Classical Arabic Music
  • Songs of Sorrow: Ladino/Sephardic Song
  • Shakespeare's Advice to the Players: Authentic Renaissance Acting Technique
  • Diaries, Speeches & Letters: Non-Traditional Monologue Material for the Discerning Actor
  • Renaissance Vocal Ornamentation
  • Courtesans and the Performing Arts

Projects & Publications

Coming Soon!

In Case of Court

Sayyida Laila usually attends court. She does not mind being called up without notice.

More Information

Artistic Interests

Performing Arts

  • Period Vocal Music (Ladino, Persian, Arabic, early Italian opera, European art song)
  • Classical Arabic Music (vocal performance, composition)
  • Persian Music (vocal performance, composition)
  • Renaissance English Theatre (performance, composition)
  • Persian Poetry (performance, composition)
  • Persian Dance
  • Bharata Natyam (Classical Indian dance) - no longer practicing, due to disability

Visual Arts

  • Italian Renaissance Drawing (chiaroscuro)
  • Renaissance sculpture
  • Indian sculpture

Scribal Arts

  • Calligraphy (preferred hands: English Bastard Secretary, Batarde, Fraktur)
  • Hebrew Calligraphy
  • Arabic Calligraphy
  • Sanskrit Calligraphy
  • Illumination (multiple styles)

Fiber Arts

  • Embroidery (multiple styles)
  • Kumihimo
  • Costuming (especially Persian and Turkish)

Research Interests

  • Safavid Persia
  • Andalucia before and immediately after the fall of Cordoba
  • The role of courtesans in the performing arts
  • Women's history
  • Professional performing artists in the Renaissance
  • Jewish history
  • The silk road

Disability Needs

Sayyida Laila has a rare disease that affects her mobility and causes her joints to subluxate and dislocate frequently. She uses a wheelchair, but can walk short distances with forearm crutches, and very short distances unaided. Should an emergency occur at an event, please inform paramedics that she has Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome with Hypermobile Crossover, and is at severe risk of aneurysm and organ rupture due to faulty collagen. She must not be handled roughly, as this could result in multiple dislocations.