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ATMA and ATMA - The Soul of Ravana

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The third and final installation of the End of the Beginning series, ATMA breathes new life into the existence of Ravana. King of Lanka and Rama’s arch nemesis of the Hindu epic, Ramayana). Through the transformation, defeat, redemption & Moksha of Ravana’s soul, ATMA explores the Karmic journey of Man’s soul.

Release from the grips of its physical form, the spirit within quakes to transcends time & space. Catharsis explodes as Ravana is invoked. The dancers move; Entangled now in a sudden net of demonic forces…but the body remains sacred!
ATMA, is the third and final installation of the End of the Beginning series and breathes a new life into the final installation of the story of Ravana, by expounding on the cyclical journey of Man’s soul through transformations, defeat, karmic cycles and the ultimate redemption of Ravana’s soul to attain Moksha (liberation).

In this production, the dancer’s body is considered scared and equated as one with the soul. The dancers undergo intense use of their physical self through space, time, breath and movements to present the dance of ritual to invoke the ATMA of Ravana, Only entangled in a sudden net of demonic forces….

ATMA was presented by Maya Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Institut Seni Indonesia-Denpasar, a renowned arts institution in Bali, Indonesia. It is created as an amalgamation of Asian dance forms (Bharatha Natyam and Baris Dance from Bali), sound, text and trans-cultural elements and set within a strong contemporary dance theatre design.

ATMA-The Soul of Ravana - Adelaide Fringe Festival 2008

Singapore Arts International with the support of the National Arts Council, Singapore presents ATMA-The Soul of Ravana & MISTERO BUFFO: A Singapore Double Bill at the upcoming Adelaide Fringe Festival 2008.  Two arts production from Singapore will make its debut in the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2008 from 28th February – 1st March 2008 at THEATRE 2 (The Parks Arts & Function Complex), The Parks Community Centre, Cowan Street, Angle Park 5015, Adelaide, South Australia.

ATMA-The Soul of Ravana is a process-driven contemporary dance theatre production, explores the soul of Ravana (the arch-villain in the legendary Hindu epic, Ramayana), its transformations and its journey to attain MOKSHA (liberation). ATMA-The Soul of Ravana, is an experimental approach to expound the journey of the soul through its karmic cycle, based on the character Ravana. Released from the grips of its physical form, the soul entangled in a sudden net of demonic forces struggles to attain moksha……..

What sets this new production apart from its predecessors is that the previous productions delved into the portrayal of Ravana’s villainy (Rama’s arch nemesis of the Hindu epic, Ramayana) on a psychological plane through the medium of dance.  Thus, the rarely told story of Ravana - his birth, emergence and existence – was the centerfold of previous productions’ narratives.

ATMA-The Soul of Ravana is set within trans-cultural dance theatre collaboration, which showcases the sacredness of one’s self which is equated with one’s soul. Dancers undergo intense use of their physical form through space, time, breath and movements to present the dance of ritual to invoke the ATMA of Ravana, “…only entangled in a sudden net of demonic forces….”
Adelaide Fringe Festival 2008


Cast & Crews

Artistic Director
Kavitha Krishnan
Associate Artisic Director
Juraimy Abu Bakar
Music Composer
Alex Dea
Choreographers
Kavitha Krishnan
Juraimy Abu Bakar
Khairul Shahrin Johry
I Gusti Ngurah
I Nyoman Sura
Dramaturge
Kavitha Krishnan
Poems & Text
Cyril Wong
Rehearsal Master
Khairul Shahrin
Performers
Kavitha Krishnan
Juraimy Abu Bakar
Huang Yuzhu
Noor Effendy Ibrahim
Khairul Shahrin Johry
I Gusti Ngurah (Bali, Indonesia)
I Nyoman Sura (Bali, Indonesia)
Lighting Designer
Yeo Hon Beng
Production Manager
Imran Manaff
Stage Manager
Iskander Abori
Photography & Videography
Sam Kumar
Publicity Material Printing
Anson Printing Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Presented At
Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore
THEATRE 2, The Parks Community Centre, Adelaide, Australia
5th International Indonesian Art Festival, Bali

Reviews


With a very contemporary presentation style infused into the traditional music and dance forms, the performance makes for exciting viewing and interpretations. The result across space and time- aural and visual- is a treat to the viewer.

Chitra Shakar - Odissi Dancer and Choreographer, Singapore, 1st Nov 2007

… a labour of love which both rattled and touched audiences.

TThe Straits Time - Singapore

… a beautiful costumed and (with incense and lotus flowers) fragrant piece incorporating the dance traditions of both cultures in a fresh, contemporary way.

Peter Bourdon - The Advertiser, Australia, 1st March 2008


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