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Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) returns with, Anwesha-Beyond the darkness! Maya’s second full-length production of 2017 after the well-received and acclaimed production Pancha-When the flames blaze the caged body I surrender my soul, I am…earlier this year.

Beyond the darkness is inspired by an earlier work Anwesha-The Quest (2012), an unsettling physical dialogue that compelled the viewer to probe the traditional narrative of Ramayana’s Sita. The upcoming work is a continuation of Maya’s journey of social exploration.

This time the production addresses the relevant yet less discussed subject of mental well-being, delving into the ‘urban-ness’ of society and its intangible pressures that result in a state of reduced mental wellness. Sita continues to be a medium for exploration and is used to draw parallels to the many Sita’s, regardless of gender, who are hurt and suppressed in our society today.

Maya’s works have always been thought provoking bringing focus on issues and topics that haven’t lost significance through the ages. Kavitha’s (artistic director of Maya Dance Theatre) process is not a deliberate pursuit of an existing concept or belief but rather an organic sequence of observations that lead to the birth of an idea and its development. For this production, her qualification as an occupational therapist played a pivotal role. During her daily interactions, she realized how words like ‘stress’ and ‘loneliness’ were strewn frivolously in conversations and yet not taken seriously until consequences like mental illness or suicide were encountered. Media stories on such dire aftermaths only confirmed what she was observing first hand leading to the development of ‘beyond the darkness’.

Mental well-being is also a discussion with several varied opinions and approaches, MDT attempts to weave in a few perspectives by using the personal ideas of mental well-being of its creative team, performers and the view of professionals and researchers currently working in the field of mental health. The work aims at bringing attention to and creating awareness around the subject while reducing stigma.

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.” Brené Brown


- Artistic Direction, concept and choreography: Kavitha Krishnan
- Co-choreography: Danang Pamungkas (Solo, Indonesia) and Sharin Johry
- Performers: Shahrin Johry, Bernice Lee, Eva Tey, Peni Candrarini (Solo, Indonesia), Subastian Tan, Danang Pamungkas (Solo, Indonesia)
- Music composition: Dr. Rahayu Suppangah (Solo, Indonesia) and Kailin Yong
- Vocalist: Peni Candrarini
- Music Collaborators: Alex Dea (USA/ Indonesia), Boby Budi Santosa (Solo, Indonesia) and Noella Yan (Singapore/ Australia)
- Dramaturgy: Jeremiah Choy
= Visual Artist: Muhammad Izdi

- Lighting Designer: ALberta Wileo
- Producer: imran Manaff

 Videos of ANWESHA:


Eva Tey

Subastian Tan

ANWESHA; Beyond the darkness!

01-02 December 2017
02 December 2017 (Matinee)

Drama Centre Black Box
100 Victoria Street
National Library Building
Level 5
Singapore 188064

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