presented by The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company
Tuesday 29th October 7pm
Tickets £20 (concessions £10)
Classical dance drama of India (Kerala)
Running time 2 hours, 15 minute break.
“..impressive skill rooted in years of discipline, remind us of the glory of non-European drama.” – The Stage
An evening of stunning story-telling, based on the Indian epic Mahabharatha, when good and evil battle for supremacy.
Kathakali, a highly stylised classical dance-drama, is one of the most powerful forms of world theatre. Originated in the seventeenth century in Kerala, Southern India, it is a confluence of acting, dancing, music, poetry and rituals creating stunning portrayals of human predicaments. In rhythms and tempos, the performers unfold the play on the stage through hand gestures (Mudras), intricate facial expressions and rigorous body-movements. Vocalists and Percussionists who are functionally linked to the play also perform on the stage.The make-up and costumes are elaborate, intricate and intriguing.
For the benefit of those new to this classic spectacle, the lead artistes, Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar will outline the story and the techniques used, at the beginning of the show.