FREE performance of striking dance from India (Kathakali, Kathak and Yakshagana)

Midlands Arts Centre (foyer area)

Striking Kathakali, Kathak and Yakshagana performers convey dramatic stories from Indian mythology.

Striking Kathakali, Kathak and Yakshagana performers convey dramatic stories from Indian mythology, through traditional dance forms originating from India’s southern states.

Follow the colour and drama as they animate MAC’s foyer, bedecked with billowing costumes, flowing scarves, ornaments and crowns. Their distinctive facial expressions and theatrical make-up symbolise characters and stories from Indian folklore.

Performers:
Pictured above: Sudip Chakraborty (Kathak and Kathakali artist) and Kalamandalam Goutam (Kathakali artist). Yakshagana dance will be performed by Devika Rao.

While you’re there…don’t miss a special Birmingham Weekender ticket offer for the stunning aerial-dance show SARI, which takes place at MAC at 3pm. CLICK HERE!

SARI is a visually stunning aerial-dance show by the renowned India-based Daksha Sheth Dance Company. It celebrates the beauty and origins of the sari, a form of clothing that is intrinsically linked with Indian culture. There are two performances of SARI:

8pm, Saturday 23 Sept, Midlands Arts Centre
3pm, Sunday 24 Sept, Midlands Arts Centre (after the free performance above)

About Kathakali

Kathakali means a ‘story play’ or ‘dance drama’. Katha means story and Kali is to play. Belonging to the South-Western coastal state of Kerala, Kathakali is primarily a dance drama form and is extremely colourful, with billowing costumes, flowing scarves, ornaments and crowns. The dancers use symbolic makeup and costumes to portray various characters from Indian mythology and folklore.

The macro and micro movements of the face, the movements of the eyebrows, the eyeballs, the cheeks, the nose and the chin are minutely worked out and various emotions are registered in a flash by a Kathakali actor-dancer.

The most striking feature of Kathakali is its overwhelming dramatic quality…but its characters never speak. It is danced to the musical compositions, involving dialogues, narration and continuity. It employs the lexicon of a highly developed hand-gesture language which enhances the facial expressions and unfolds the text of the drama.

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