At 20.00 in Monteleone Sabino.
(with indian cooking)
The performance offers the opportunity to view forms of ritualistic expression of a high artistically value. It is a string of close-knit performances done in different dramatic and theatrical traditions of India by well-known masters. The artists present with a due mastery their own discipline:
The Bauls of Bengal. The quick rhythm of their music wants to wake up our energy, the joy of being alive and present.
Performing arts and creative techniques have become for the Bauls a way of living that was originally combined with the search for inner knowledge. Nowadays it is the artistic aspect that prevails, to the detriment of personal search. Bauls make their own characteristic musical instruments (strings, percussions) and are true masters of improvisation. Bauls originate from a community of wandering mystical singers that goes back to the Middle Ages. Influenced by Buddhism and Sufism, even if they are Hindus, they do not recognize caste divisions, they profess equality of faiths and religions and retain that Divinity has its place in the Heart of every Man.
Salutations and combats of Kalaripayattu (sticks, swords and shields). It seems us to watch at the ancient fight of the Greek heroes; the use of arms and the quick actions give us moments of suspense. Kalaripayattu is one of the most ancient martial arts of India and it is called the Mother of all the artistic disciplines of Southern India. Throughout the ages, together with the practice of martial techniques, the Marma: knowledge of the human body and its 108 energy and vital centres has been developed. Two young Kalaripayattu masters that work with us come from a renowned school in Trivandrum.
During the outdoors performances the Fire Dance is included in the program.
The Chhau dance is an explosion of energy and acrobatic movements, daredevils’ somersaults and jumps are distinguished traits of the Chhau dance.
The dancers ware magnificent masks, and present a rich selection of stories from Purana, Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
Nagra and Dhol big drums, Shenai windpipe and cymbals accompany the action. Chhau is a tribal sacred dance of Purulia (Jarkhand). To this day rural populations are practicing it to invoke Shiva for granting them rain and abundant harvest.
Gotipua Dance from Orissa. The soft harmony of acrobatic movements combined with vocal and instrumental accompaniment (Pakuaj percussions and Harmonium keyboards) characterize this traditional dance. Dancers are boys between the age of 8 and 15 years dressed in woman’s clothes. Gotipua is a classical dance with own techniques of movement and themes.
Refined in style, Gotipua dancers use precise steps, as well as Mudras (hand gestures), eyes and facial expressions and Yoga postures.
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