UK TOUR 2007
Mahabharata is a brand new piece of dance theatre and a contemporary vision of the epic ancient Indian poem. This powerful production features an international ensemble of 26 dancers, singers and musicians, and an especially composed score by celebrated polymath, Nitin Sawhney. The production has its world premiere at Sadler¹s Wells on Wednesday 25 April
2007 and tours the UK from 15 May until July 2007. See listings for full details of tour below
The ensemble cast creates the story of the Mahabharata as seen through the eyes of Draupadi; a woman who defies her destiny to become wife to five brothers and who, lost in a game of dice, becomes the catalyst for the world’s most terrible war.
Directed by Stuart Wood and written by Olivier Award-winning lyricist Stephen Clark, the story inhabits a mythic world created through dance, song, spoken verse, Sanskrit prayer, chant and choric storytelling, reflecting the classic Indian tradition with a contemporary sensibility.
Stuart Wood says ³it is more than 20 years since Peter Brooks¹ seminal version of the Mahabharata. Its now time that this extraordinary story can be seen again in a new light.²
Multi-award winning Nitin Sawhney returns to Sadler’s Wells after creating the score for Akram Khan¹s critically acclaimed zero degrees. Alistair Spalding says ³Nitin Sawhney¹s renowned ability to create a contemporary sound combining Western and Indian traditions makes it absolutely fitting for him to take on the music score for a modern-day Mahabharata. I¹m sure that this, his first major score for dance theatre will re-affirm his place as one of today¹s most prolific, influential and diverse music makers.²
Nitin is one of the most versatile creative artists working today, firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer, and cultural pioneer, working across a multitude of art forms. From his six albums he has received two EMMY awards, a Mercury Prize nomination, a South Bank Show Award for Popular Music and a MOBO award. He has written twenty five film scores, garnering an Ivor Novello award nomination. This will be his first major dance theatre piece.
Gauri Sharma Tripathi, one of the country’s leading kathak exponents and choreographer for Akram Khan, has created a new dance language for the piece, using a kathak vocabulary seen through a contemporary dance perspective.The production features a design by Angela Davies and puppetry and object animation by the country’s leading puppetry director Sue Buckmaster as well as cutting edge video animation and projection by Lorna Heavey .