Narrative and colorful, with its make-up and its huge headdresses, Kathakali, Kerala danced and sung theatre, conveys one of the most fascinating images of Indian culture.
Thirty years ago, it met Shakespeare for the first time. The result of this encounter, where “King Lear” characters slide into the Kathakali stereotypes, is so beautiful that the worked is performed again today by a new generation of actors. The plot having been tightened around the relationship between Lear and his three daughters, we can freely surrender to the harmony of the gestures and the intensity of the emotions that irrigate the actors’ extremely expressive faces. Thus, Lear becomes “katti” - a proud, unfair and violent royal character - Goneril and Regan are two “kary” – a Demon archetype – and Cordelia becomes a “minukku” – a brilliant and refined heroine.
based on William Shakespeare direction Annette Leday, David McRuvie
Adaptation David McRuvie Choreography Keezhpadam Kumaran Nair & Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair with Peesappilly Rajeevan, Sadanam Bhassi, Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan Nair, Kalamandalam Manoj Kumar, Sadanam Manikandan, Kalamandalam Praveen, Kalamandalam Vaishakan, Kalamandalam Sadheesan & the Musicians Sadanam Ramakrishnan, Kalamandalam Rajanarayanan percussions Kalamandalam Viswas, Sadanam Jyothish Babu vocals