Following their recent foray into digital dance with Stop and Smell the Roses, local dance company, Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) returns with yet another digital offering this September. Presented as part of Indian Heritage Centre‘s (IHC) Culture Fest 2020, MDT will be tackling one of the greatest Asian epics of all time with Ramayana, The Journey Begins. Split into two parts, Ramayana, The Journey Begins sets itself apart from other adaptations by seeing it through the eyes of the antagonist, Ravana.
Conceptualized and directed by MDT artistic director Kavitha Krishnan, Ramayana, The Journey Begins will continue using MDT’s signature interdisciplinary dance styles. The presentation takes audiences on a journey by weaving Asian dance nuances from the dance expression to the costumes, set to an original music composition by local composer/flautist, Raghaveendra Rajasekaren, while intertwined with digital illustrations by young illustrator, Vimal Kumar. The story of the Ramayana, as told through the lens of Ravana, will be performed by Akshara Thiru, who has written the voice over script and rendered the percussion sound scape for the dramatization of the scenes. The cast of Ramayana, The Journey Begins comprises Shahrin Johry as Rama, Varsha Vishwanath as Sita, Akshara Thiru as Ravana, Subastian Tan as Hanuman, Muhd Sharul Mohd as Jatayu, Eva Tey as Golden Deer/Maricha, and Anjali as Court Dancer.
Creative and film direction supported by award winning film maker and founder of Millenia Motion Pictures, Yahssir M (who previously worked with MDT on Stop and Smell the Roses). The team of both emerging and experienced artists from different cultural backgrounds come together to re-imagine the Ramayana with inter-cultural sensibilities. Join MDT and the IHC as they reimagine this Asian epic this September, and experience the Ramayana in a brand new light with Ramayana, The Journey Begins.
Ramayana, The Journey Begins plays on 12th and 13th September 2020, 6pm on the Indian Heritage Centre’s Facebook page, as part of the Indian Heritage Centre’s Culture Fest 2020.