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The Legend is a collaborative effort between Maya Dance Theatre and Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan, an arts university, part of Culture Ministry of Malaysia (ASWARA-Malaysia), Balinese dance artist I Nyoman Budi Artha (Indonesia), Bharatha Natyam and Odissi dance exponent, Ajith Baskaren Dass  (Malaysia) and  as well as lighting designer Naomi Shoko Matsumoto (Japan).

This dynamic group of collaborators come together in this cohesive presentation to bring the ancient Indian tale to a new light and new audiences. Singai Tamil Sangam (STS), a non-profit association that promotes Indian culture and heritage will be providing the literature translation of the epic. They are partnering with Maya Dance Theatre for the first time through this project in an aim to bring an awareness of the cultural epic to beyond Tamil speaking and Indian audiences, as the Epic unravels itself through Asian contemporary dance amalgamation with English text and contemporary dance theatre design.

This will be the first time a Singaporean arts company will explore the epic Ramayana through the amalgamation of Asian dance vocabularies and contemporary dance theatre.

Cast & Crews

Artistic Director
Kavitha Krishnan
Shahrin Johry
Sufri Juwahir
Gigi Gianti
Dancers from Aswara (Malaysia)
Balinese Dancer
I Nyoman Budi Artha (Indonesia)
Bharatha Natyam
Ajith Bhaskaran Das (Malaysia)
Odissi Dance
Ajith Bhaskaran Das (Malaysia)
Lighting Designer
Naomi Shoko Matsumoto (Japan)
Presented At
University Culture Centre, Singapore


The Legend; The Journey Begins, was laudable for assembling many international collaborators. …the piece worked theatrically because of the familiar narrative and the hybrid choreography that emphasised the complex rhythms of different regional dance forms ….This chorus of dancers with different abilities was able to add colour and verve to the production in various scenes. staging a version of the epic by incorporating diverse dance styles, Krishnan has played imaginatively with the story and produced an interesting Asian fusion of dance that is grounded in tradition.

Stephanie Burridge - The Flying Inkpot Review

I must say that we thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The fusion of the various dance movement was certainly innovative and entertaining. It was an excellent performance, particularly since it involved the collaboration of artistes from different countries.

RADM (NS) Sim Gim Guan - Chairman of ASEAN National COCI (Singapore) and Deputy Secretary (Information & Corporate Management) of Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), Singapore

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