`Ramayana' in a fusion dance-drama

Staff Reporter

`The Abduction of Sita,' will be performed in Auroville today

It's a confluence of western, Indian styles 'Kathak' and contemporary dance interplay with video projection

PUDUCHERRY: `The Abduction of Sita,' a dance/music theatre production conceived and directed by German choreographer Joachim Schloemer will be performed in Auroville at the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas on April 6 and 8 at 8 p.m.

A confluence of western and Indian influences and styles, `The Abduction of Sita' takes off from the chapter in the Ramayana that speaks of Sita's abduction and goes on to explore abduction as a human experience and a social reality. `Kathak' and contemporary dance forms interplay with video projection to create simultaneous multiple images. The text by Johannes Ottmar alternates between the light and the profound and borrows excerpts from writings of other authors and scholars. Recorded electronic music and live Sufi and Hindustani classical/folk music combine to form the soundscape.

According to Tapas Bhatt of Kala Khoj, Leela Samson, Director of Kalakshetra Leela Samson will be the chief guest at the show. `The Abduction of Sita' is a production of Mediapool, Berlin, co-produced by House of World Cultures, Berlin, Theater Freiburg, Schauspielhaus Dusseldorf and the city of Auroville.

It is funded by the German Cultural Foundation, Berlin. The production premieres in Freiburg, Germany, on June 19 after an open rehearsal and preview in Dusseldorf, and will premiere in Berlin in May/June 2008.

The cast includes actors Manish Chaudhari and Johanna Eiworth and dancers Graham Smith and Vaishali Trivedi. It is being directed by Joachim Schloemer, who has studied dance and choreography at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. He worked with Mark Morris as a dancer for the Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels before he founded his own company JOSCH.