The theme of war is indebted, for the most part, to the epics. The Iliad, one of Homer’s epics, is set against the background of a love story. The Indian equivalent, the Mahabharata, casts a light of its own on the theme of war by offering a message of love in the form of a poem, The Song Divine (Bhagawad Gita).
De l’Amour et des Guerres (Of Love and Wars) is a version of this song, and is part of a series: "The World of Epics", presented by the Montreal-based dance company Danse Kalashas, in collaboration with the Mahapooram percussion ensemble. Percussionist and composer Bruno Paquet accompanies choreographer and dancer Richard Tremblay in this program of kathakali, a dance-theatre native to Kerala, India. Premiered at the Festival International du Masque du Québec, in May 2011, the program includes comments on the practice of percussion and dance, with visuals and excerpts from Gitopadesham, a kathakali work which the Indian master K Gopalakrishnan and Richard Tremblay have toured in Canada some thirty years ago. De l’Amour et des Guerres is a new remade of this landmark production.
Kathakali dance-theatre performance. Accompaniment to the percussion, with elaborate costumes and make-up. Provided with surtitles and translations.
Children above five are generally receptive to this type of presentation. Supervision from their tutors/parents is required.
OF LOVE AND WARS. Kathakali Dance Theatre. “New Practices /Pratiques nouvelles”
28 September, 2012. 8 pm
Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
3755, rue Botrel
Montreal H4A 3G3
Call for reservation : 514 872-2162
Information : Danse Kalashas email@example.com
Photo : Richard Tremblay (dance), and Bruno Paquet (percussion). Credits : Jean-Claude Ételain.
September 11, 2012