Date(s) - 06/12/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alliance Française de Delhi
Under the umbrella of
Delhi International Art Festival 2018
and in association with
Government of Kerala, Bharat Bhavan
Institut française India & Théâtre de la Ville de Paris presents
KATHAKALI – KING LEAR
An adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear into Kathakali Theatre By
The Annette Leday/Keli Company
Directed by Annette Leday and David McRuvie
Thursday, 6th December 2018, 7pm
Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre,
Lodhi Road, Near Airforce Bal Bharati School, Institutional Area, New Delhi – 03
Kathakali is a classical dance-theatre of India. Dance, a complex gestural language involving hands face and eyes, a broad range of song and percussive music, elaborate make-up and spectacular costumes make Kathakali a total art. In this theatre which is both refined and popular, extreme codification and stylization achieve an extraordinary intensity of effect.
The challenge that faces any production of King Lear is to find a theatrical expression for the larger – than – life dimension and explosive power of the play. Kathakali’s rich means of expression and its intensity of effect create precisely the dimension and power that the play requires.
Kathakali-King Lear gives Shakespeare a new language of gesture, of colour, and of rhÿhm: it also gives Shakespeare to Kathakali and its public around the world.